Overcoming fear of failure

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Question: Whenever I want to do something new, I am always afraid that I might fail. So, I keep a backup plan for myself, that in case I fail, I will do this another thing. And I don’t know if this is the right way of thinking or approaching a new thing.

Acharya Prashant: No it’s good. Plan A fails, you want to have plan B. plan B fails, then plan C is there. It’s alright.

But you must also know that plan A, B, C, X, Y, Z, they may all fail. The cause-effect link in the Universe is beyond all pre-emptive calculation. So, to the extent you can, plan out, try to make yourself safe, secure. That is the tendency of the mind. Alright? We must not blame it for that. But what if everything fails. Would you collapse? Would you? And there would be so many times when everything fails. Continue reading

You are the salt of the earth

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“Ye are the salt of the Earth; but if the salt have lost his savour,

Wherewith shall it be salted?

It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out,

And to be trodden under foot of men.”

-Mathew 5:13

AP: What does earth represent? And what does the salt of earth represent? Earth represents the material. Salt of earth represents the essence of the material. When you look at the earth, what do you find? Stone, soil, dirt, dust, sand. Do you really find salt somewhere? Have you ever been able to go and just pick up salt? No. salt lies embedded, deep within. So salt here, stands for something that is a little inside. That lies at the heart. Inside! That which is the essential.

Earth represents the body, salt of earth represents the Atman, the Self, the core, the heart. It is being said you are not the earth really, you are the salt of the earth. You are not the body really, you are the pure Self. And then he is saying that if you are someone who has distanced himself from the Self, the Centre, then he will only be trampled under the feet of man. He will have no value. He will live a joyless life. Continue reading

When you are totally silent about God, then you are in God

 

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Acharya Prashant: The question is that how to stay at the center when there is so much that takes the mind away from the center. How do you know that you are away from the center? How do you know that?

L: By realizing sometimes…

AP: So it’s a thought?

L: Yes

AP: ‘You are at the center’- this is a thought and ‘you are not at the center’- this too is a thought. I will repeat this five times so that it goes as deeply into the mind as possible through the words. You say, “You are at the centre, you claim that you are experiencing peace.” That is a thought. You say, “You are disturbed.” That too is a thought. Your affirmation has only as much value as your denial because the tool that you are using to either affirm or deny is not an appropriate tool. Continue reading

Krishna is that within you that already knows

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Krishna is that in Arjun that already knows. In a physical setting Krishna appears like a man outside of Arjun. Actually speaking, Krishna and Arjun are not separate. Krishna is the one that Arjun goes to, when he wants to validate all that which he already knows. Krishna is the Heart of Arjun. That Heart is also known by the names – Lover, Friend, Guru. Are you getting it?

That within you which already knows, is Krishna. Now, That may appear outside of you also, just take a form, a shape, a name but essentially That is not outside of you. That is your own heart, your own core, essence, centre. Whatever you may call it – source. That is the relationship between Krishna and Arjun. Arjun is confused mind; Krishna is the centre of that mind. Arjun is the problem; Krishna is the solution.


 

 

~ Excerpts from a ‘Shabd-Yoga’ session. Edited for clarity.

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The still mind and the One

The still mind and the One

दहनपवनहीनं विद्धि विज्ञानमेक
मवनिजलविहीनं विद्धि विज्ञानरूपम्।
समगमनविहीनं विद्धि विज्ञानमेकं
गगनमिव विशालं विद्धि विज्ञानमेकम्।।

Understand that it is neither fire nor air. Realise the One.
Understand that it is neither Earth nor water. Realise the One.
Understand that it neither comes nor goes. Realise the One.
Understand that it is like space pervading everywhere. Realise the One.

Avadhuta Gita, Chapter 3, Verse 44

So what is being said? You tell me.

Listener 1: It is said that in all differences in all forms in everything realise the one. They may appear very different but that is there whether you are seeing or not seeing.

Listener 2: The One refers to Self.

Acharya Prashant: It means that whether you are seeing this or that, you continue to firstly see the essence of this and that, fire and water, earth and sky, black and white, hot and cold, pleasure and pain, coming and going. These are pairs of dualistic opposites. Whenever we look at a thing, we look only at the surface of the thing, we look only at the form of the experience.

So, if one looks at a tree, or a pillar, one looks only at that. One says this is a tree or a pillar, higher than just-looking at the object of consciousness is to look and remember the two ends of consciousness parallely.

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Continuous Stress

Mind lives in knowledge and if there is something that cannot be captured in mind as knowledge, then mind will have to surrender to it. So we all live as if knowledge is most important. We all live as if our well being depends on that which we know and hence we remain tense. We remain eager for information, we remain eager for our well fare. We are never able to relax and let go of this responsibility of fending for ourselves. We continuously burden ourselves with this responsibility.

We say, “Our well being depends on our efforts, our smartness, our intellect and endeavors.” With that burden – which is an immense burden because we know that ultimately we will not be able to take care of ourselves because death beacons, with that impossible responsibility – we live.

The result is a continuous stress.

The only way the mind can relax is by leaving itself to something bigger than itself; something in a bigger dimension than itself.


Further Reading:

The Flying Kiss to the Sky

cover_fksA Flying Kiss to The Sky, is a collection of excerpts from various discourses of Acharya Prashant, arranged in a special order which makes it the ideal first book, for all who want to come close to the facts of their own lives.

The book is divided into three parts, each part helping the reader to appreciate the working of his own mind and hence, the world in more clear and precise terms. Its unique one-page-one-chapter format makes it even more simple. It won’t be wrong to say that it is a book for all: Reader, or non-reader; Professional, or Spiritual.

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Do not meditate for peace, meditate in peace

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Listener: Is meditation required?

Acharya Prashant: What is meditation?

L: It’s like concentrating on the breathing.

AP: Have we not already talked of concentration?

To concentrate is to force the mind to a particular object, and the mind doesn’t like being forced. So, if mediation about concentration then the mind will never agree with meditation. Or, is meditation something else?

What is meditation?

The very action of a peaceful mind is called meditation.

Whatever you do in peace is meditation.

This is meditation. That is meditation. All is meditation. Continue reading