Will donating my body parts help me in the afterlife?

Question: Donating body parts will really have any meaning in after life; negative or positive?

Acharya Prashant: What’s your name?

L: Anubhav

AP: Anubhav is asking, will donating body parts help me in the afterlife or help someone else in afterlife, in whatever way?

The question is, ‘Do we know this life?’ We are talking about afterlife as if life itself is very clear and intimate to us. We do not know this life but we are so very interested in other life, in some other world. Do you know life? When are you thinking of afterlife? Right now in this life. Do you know this life? What do you mean by afterlife and why must the mind jump to the thought of the afterlife? Continue reading

Is there a thing as free will?

 

Question: Is there anything as total free will or is there only free will according to conditioning?

Acharya Prashant: You know! The general concept of freedom, what does it entail? The general concept of freedom is all about being free to act as per my conditioning. ‘I want to buy that holy candle and I should have all the freedom to buy it.’ That is what I call as my “freedom,” and that is what is all the laws and all the constitutions, and all the societies and all the police systems protect. And that is what we are so touchy about.

‘I must have freedom to cast vote as per my choice.’ Now I do not even see that my choice of the president is an influenced choice. And what am I saying? That ‘It is a part of my freedom to cast my vote.’ Your vote? It is not your vote. It is your papa’s vote. It is the entire locality’s vote. It is your community’s vote. But we say, ‘No! Don’t take away my freedom.’ What we call as “free will,” hardly ever exists?

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You are free, now why do you act helpless

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Question: Consciously, let’s say, I come to Dharamkot.  Five days ago, let’s say, I decide to come to Manali, in Manali, I would have had a different life style. And I come to this Dharamkot because I travelled by different things. That’s why based on this limited information I have, I made this decision. In reality, all my decisions might be wrong. I probably was wrong for these five days.

Acharya Prashant: You see, if you decide as the restless one, do you know where the restlessness is? The restlessness is in your mind. Right? You do not hold it in your hands, restlessness is in your mind. It is the very foundation of all your decisions, thoughts, experiences, perceptions; it is quite deep. It is that assumption from which all other experiences and observations emerge.

You go to Manali, what do you carry along with you?  The restlessness.

You come to Dharmkot, what do you carry along with you? The restlessness. Continue reading

The scriptures talk of falseness, rather than the Truth

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Listener 1: Sir I have read that a few teachers have spoken about the consciousness and life after death. So I am  confused that how did they came to know about this. Are these just concepts or anything?

AP: It’s just a concept.

It’s just that there are some very destructive concepts. To get rid of these destructive concepts, sometimes, just as a tool, the Teacher uses a few more benign concepts but even the benign concepts turns malignant if it overstays its utility. It must come and dissolve the pre-existing set of concepts and then itself disappear.

L1:  Sir, when I read something, either I will have trust in what I am reading, or I will negate. When I don’t trust or when I am negating, in both the cases,  why at all is there a need to read?

AP: Just read, with no particular objective, without the need to believe or negate. There is no need to believe everything or anything that you read.

The scriptures, mind you, are not Truth. They are a tool. Continue reading

Is our life destined and pre-planned

Question:  Is our life destined?

Acharya Prashant: Of course it is destined. Don’t you see that? Otherwise, why would life exist? Life exists, so that it may meet its destiny. And as long as it doesn’t, it remains restless. Mind exists, so that it may meet its destiny. And the destiny of the mind is Peace — the dissolution of mind. That is your destiny.

Listener 1: Is everything pre-planned?

AP: Not in the sense of meeting the destiny.

Destiny and planning are not the same thing. Nothing is pre-planned. You can proceed as per your planning but if your planning is not in sync with the destiny, then your plans will only give you more suffering. You are free to do whatever to do. You can go right, you can go left. But if you must go right, and you go left, then going left, you will keep suffering.

So, planning is in your hands. The mind plans. You can plan whatever you want to.

L2: That’s freewill.

AP: Apparent free will. It is not free because ultimately it has to surrender. What you call as freewill must ultimately surrender. But as long as it proceeds as free, it keeps on labelling itself as free. We have beggars who are named karorimal’ (a rich person). So, one can call desires as freewill, it’s alright!

L3: Sir, does it mean that if presently, the mind is peaceful, then we are proceeding in the right direction?

AP: It cannot be peaceful if this doubt is there, or if this desire to ascertain is there. When the mind is peaceful, then there is no need to determine whether it is peaceful. And what would come out of that peace?

Peace is an end in itself. Peace does not lead to anything.

L3: No question should arise once peace is attained.

AP:  Even this is an imposition upon Peace.

A lot can arise from Peace, but still, Peace is an end in itself. That is why whatever arise from Peace is complete in itself. Because Peace is complete, hence what arises from Peace does not lead to the incompletion. So, questions can arise, comments, doubts can arise from Peace.

Kindly give-up this image that when somebody is peaceful, then he will not speak anymore. By that standard, I must be the most peace less person.


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

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You can never avoid, escape, or be free from the mind

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Question: How to escape mind?

Acharya Prashant: You will never be able to escape mind.

Never.

In fact, all these things –  freedom from the mind, escape from the mind – are touted in the spiritual market but they all are very fantastic nonsense.  Continue reading

The relationship between freewill, destiny, and law of attraction

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Question: Can you talk about the relationship between free will, destiny and the law of attraction?

Acharya Prashant: All three do not exist.

(Laughter)

Free will belongs only to the Truth.

Your destiny is to reach the Truth.

And only the Truth really attracts you.

Free will — only the Truth has free will, all other actions are unfree.

Destiny—the Truth is your destiny, nothing else is. Destiny is something that is inviolable, only the Truth is your destiny.

Law of attraction—nothing else attracts you only the Truth attracts you. It may appear that this or that or x, y, z is attracting you but the fact is that whenever you have been really attracted, you have been attracted only to the Truth. Continue reading