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Look at that which really bothers you

 First, create a problem out of nothing and then solve it and feel good. Life is worthy. That is the mantra of living. Spend the first half of the day creating the problem, spend the second half of the day solving it. And do not see that this mind that wants to live in this escape is itself the biggest problem. Hide that like an assumption. Keep that buried. The real dictator is hiding and all the time creating dummies so that you can keep shooting the dummies and feel like a winner.

Look at that which really bothers you. Look at the core of your fear. Go to your innermost pain point. See what is it that makes you cry out without any apparent reason. Touch your innermost suffering. Only that can be a true relief. Not that I am greatly happy because I got 2% discount on my new sweater. Touch your innermost suffering, not surface trivia that these days I am suffering greatly because the temperature is in the range of 15 to 19 degrees. Whenever the temperature is in this range I suffer.

This is not suffering. This is an escape.

What is the problem of problems? What is the mother problem? Can we find that out? What is the soil on which all these problems germinate, can we find that out? Or, will we keep ourselves occupied with rubbish? What is the problem of problems? Let’s go ahead, what is the problem of problems? Look at that, what is the real dictator? Not the dummy ones.

Read the complete article: Mind invents dummy problems to escape looking at itself – the real problem

Mind invents dummy problems to escape looking at itself – the real problem

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Question: I fear a student who would fully surrender and dislike a student not attentive. If both the states and anything in between are only reaffirming my ego, can the session be of any use to the student?

Acharya Prashant: Who is facing this problem? Is the student asking this question?

Right now whatever he is saying is a concept of his own mind. When he says can the session be of any use to the student, the definition of use is coming from…?

Listener: Teacher.

AP: From the mind of the teacher, right? You would regard one particular thing as useful to the student and she (addressing another listener) would regard another thing as useful to the student. You might regard that if I could get the student to laugh, it indicates that the session was useful. She might regard that if I could get the students to silence, then the session was useful.

So, when we say that my session is useful to the students then what do we mean? Whatever we will mean will be an indicator of my own life. What I think of as useful for myself that I’ll think of as useful…

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On Ashtavakra: The self uses the words of the Guru to defend itself from the Guru


Even if Shiva,
Vishnu or Brahma be your instructor yet,
unless you forget everything
you cannot achieve abidance in the Self.

~ Ashtavakra Gita Chapter 16, 11th verse ~

Acharya Prashant: You are spoken to, not so that you can know more. The instructor may be the highest and wisest that you can get, yet he will use words and actions which are all going to be perceived by you through mental activity.

The whole effort of the Guru is to rid you of your unnecessary self.

Your effort is to use the words of the Guru to protect and extend the same self that the Guru is trying to annihilate. 

So in that sense, you are always at the war with the Guru.  Continue reading

Creativity arises from nothingness


Question: The creator is in every bit of the creation, then why do we call the world illusionary?

Acharya Prashant: Don’t call the world illusionary. “The creator is the creation” is not merely an aphorism. If you can look at the wall and see just creativity here, then wonderful, continue looking at the wall. Do you know what is creativity? Creativity is something arising out of nothing. So basically, if you can look at the wall as emptiness then it’s wonderful. First of all, the wall is not creation because if this is creation then there has to be a creator in the past. The wall is creativity and if the wall is creativity then the wall has to be emptiness. Creativity is exactly that — something arising from empty space. Continue reading

Real Immersion

You don’t need to pretend that you are very busy with your work.

If your Heart is at the right place, right work will naturally flow from it.

You won’t then do it to display it to somebody. It would not then be a means of earning something. Now work is an expression of your Heart. And you do not bother about how it appears to others. You know what you are doing. You are not doing it for anybody else. You are doing it for yourself. It is your own personal thing. And personal in the right sense of the word. Not in the divided sense.Now you are not doing it to please your boss. Now it is your own work, you have ownership.

You don’t even have to really report. Because you are your own authority now. You cannot sleep properly if you know that you haven’t done the due. Why do you even need to go and tell somebody else? Somebody else might be easily deceived. And that’s what you do when you report to somebody else. It is very easy to deceive him because you are the one who is reporting, you can misrepresent.

But when you are doing it from your Heart, then your Heart is the authority.

And it cannot be deceived.

That is real work.

That is real immersion.

To read the complete article: Work and Immersion

How I yearn for freedom, how I love my slavery


How I yearn for freedom,
and how I love my slavery!

Question: One of your quotations says,“How I yearn for freedom, and how I love my slavery!”, what does it mean?


Acharya Prashant: On one hand we keep saying that we want to be free. On the other hand, we say that ‘we’ want to be free. We say, “I want freedom.” Now ostensibly it looks as if freedom is the most important word in this statement. We are looking at that statement in the poster which says, “How I yearn for freedom, and how I love my slavery.” So when we say, “I want freedom,” apparently the most important word here is freedom.

It looks as if freedom is the most important thing that we want. But you know, among these three words—‘I’, ‘want’ and ‘freedom’, if you are asked to leave one, which is the one you would most readily leave? Quite prepared to leave? It would be freedom. You would find leaving your wants a little more difficult. And which is the entity that you would find absolutely difficult to leave? ‘I’. So really the most important word in the statement, ‘I want freedom’, is ‘I’.

Now this ‘I’ and freedom are contradictory. ‘I’ is the slavery. Why? Because only slavery can say that it wants freedom. So this ‘I’ stands for slavery. And in the statement, ‘I want freedom’, we hold the ‘I’ to be most important. Thereby holding slavery to be most important. So even when I am saying, “I want freedom,” what am I actually saying? I am actually saying, “I will protect my slavery.”

I say, “Freedom is alright as long as it does not hurt my slavery. Freedom is alright as long as it can co-exist in subservience to my slavery.”

We want freedom as a slave of slavery.

When you say that you want freedom, you actually want freedom to serve the interests of your slavery.

So how can freedom be there then? Because you have already declared that slavery is much more important to you than freedom.

Those who want freedom must first of all be prepared to get rid of the ‘I’.

Then get rid of the ‘wants’, and then all that remains is freedom. Actually, when ‘I’ is gone, wants are gone along with the ‘I’. So hit the jackpot. Directly hit the ‘I’ and freedom is there. But if your objective is to get freedom remaining what you are, you will never get freedom, because what you think yourself to be is the slavery. That is a very common mistake. We say that remaining what we are, we still want freedom.

We want freedom remaining what we are.

It cannot happen.

You are asking for the impossible.

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

Watch the session: Acharya Prashant: How I yearn for freedom, how I love my slavery

Read more articles on this topic:

Article 1: Freedom is for the free

Article 2: Real objectivity is disappearance of the subject, and hence freedom from the object

Article 3: Freedom is your nature, slavery an illusion

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Do we have the choice to Surrender?


Questioner: Sir, it takes a certain trust and surrender to accept. But then that is not a choice again;  we cannot choose to surrender.

Acharya Prashant: How do you choose to surrender to so many other things?

Don’t you choose to surrender to your boss when he is threatening you? Or does that happen involuntarily?  Continue reading