Acharya Prashant: Attention wipes your sins away

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Question: How is the karma of the past linked to my current state of mind?

Acharya Prashant: What you call as your current state of mind is always a friction, a conflict, a tug-of-war, between two opposing forces. One is the ‘force of the past’, one is the ‘force of conditioning’, and the other is ‘the call of peace’. The call of the untouched, the call of the core.

What we call as the mind is nothing but a sandwich between these two. But it is not a normal sandwich, it is not a normal conflict, it is a conflict between two parties in which the first party is the first party, and also the power provider to the second party.

Are you getting it?

So, there is that which you can call as the core, and then there is that which you can call as conditioning, or illusion, or Maya. What is happening in the mind? A tussle between the call of the core, and the lure of the Maya. But in this, we will remember that Maya is not really a power opposing the core, because Maya itself is being powered by the core. So, two parties are in conflict. Yes, there is a tussle, yes, there is a tug-of-war. But, it is a special conflict in which one party is powering the opposite party as well; that’s why it is called ‘Leela’. I want to have a good time, so you know, I am powering the other party.

Sometimes, it happens, when you are very playful. Let’s say you want to have a race, a sprint, with someone, who can’t run too fast. So, what do you do? You run slow, or you give him a lead. You say, alright, I will cover 100 meters and you have to cover only 60 meters. So, you are powering the other party, because you want to just have a little bit of fun. That kind of a war it is. But nevertheless, it is a war, and the mind is a battleground.

When you say, ‘Is my state of mind, a result of my karma, my past?’ Yes, it is.

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Acharya Prashant: How to really listen to the Guru?

Question: In one video, you said that to listen to Krishna, you need to be Arjuna. To Listen to Ashtavakra also you need to be Janak.

To listen to you, what should the person be?

Acharya Prashant: The person should not be insistent on being the ‘person.’ That begins with not seeing the speaker as a person and not imagining the listener to be the person. If here a person is speaking sitting on this chair, then surely there is another person sitting on another chair who is listening. Now, listening cannot really happen. Because persons cannot really relate to each other.

A person is a limitation.

Limitations can associate with each other. But limitations cannot relate to become limitless.

You take one limitation and you associate it with another one, you do not get limitlessness. What you get is another limitation.

One person listening to another person will not listen to the Truth. He will come to some opinion, some conclusion, something of the mind or attitude. But he won’t come upon Truth or silence.

To listen to me you need to forget all about yourselves. And you need to forget that what you are listening to is a person’s personal viewpoints.

If you will insist on saying that what is coming to you is somebody’s personal opinion, then no person ever has the obligation to be non-resistant to another person’s opinions. Opinions by definition are meant to be analyzed, judged, dissected, then partially accepted or rejected.

You will have to see that that which speaks from this chair is the same that listens from that chair, or listening simply doesn’t happen.

Till the time there is A speaking to B, listening cannot happen.

Only Truth listens to the Truth.

Only that within you can listen to me which speaks from within me. And they are one. Which means that there has to be a certain unity between the ‘listener’ and the ‘speaker.’ I said,

to listen to Krishna you need to be Arjuna. But it’s not really Arjuna who listens to Krishna. It’s Krishna within Arjuna that listens to Krishna. No Arjuna can ever know Krishna. Even to look at Krishna, Arjuna requires eyes that are bestowed upon him by Krishna.

You’ll have to give your listening a total chance, a total freedom. And that is a very impersonal freedom. You’ll have to simply drop giving importance to all that is personal about the speaker.

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Real destiny is Peace

Destiny, really means, that, which is unavoidable, that which, cannot be changed.

Destiny is not the ‘fruit of action,’ but because we live in our limited prospective, so we take the results of our actions as our destinies.

Your real destiny is the Truth, the ‘real destiny’ is ‘peace.’

Remember that even when you trying to get the Truth or Peace, it is Truthand Peace that drive you.

Your destiny is the great silence, that is where you are and if you do not consciously acknowledge that, that is where you have to reach. Nothing else is your destiny.

Destiny is related to the word destination. And what does destination means? The finality. The climax. The highest. The ending and the dissolution. You are already there.



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Acharya Prashant: Destiny is That which is unavoidable

Acharya Prashant: What do you mean by destiny?

Listener: Blessed, that which is blessed or that which is decided, or pre-decided. I think it is from the law of karma.

AP: No Karma is pre-decided, so destiny obviously cannot be related to karma. That which pre-exists, pre-exists karma also, so karma cannot be the decider of the destiny. Obviously.

L: I heard of the three types of karma – Agami, Parabda, Sanchitta.

AP: All three have a background.

All three have a background, Agami, Parabda, Sanchitta, all three have a background. And all three have their respective fruits. When you say destiny is something that is preordained, then obviously it has to go, prior to karma and even the cause of karma.

Destiny, really means, that, which is unavoidable,

that which, cannot be changed.

That which is inevitable. That pre-exists everything that happens. And that will exist post all happenings. And what is that? Nothing, but emptiness, Truth. Which was there before the beginning of time and which exists, even after, the time has withdrawn. That alone is destiny, nothing else.

I repeat,

Destiny is not the ‘fruit of action,’ but because we live in our limited prospective, so we take the results of our actions as our destinies.

No,

Your real destiny is the Truth, the ‘real destiny’ is ‘peace.’

The proof of that is unless you get that real unless you get Truth and Peace. You will not relax.

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Krishna’s help to Arjuna

Listener: Sir, you said Krishna got the right to poke his nose(…) But when we study the text, we find that Krishna also poked the nose only when the other person sought his advice, moreover surrendered to him. So, till that time he was tolerant. I am just stretching the argument a little far. So that means his love only aroused when he realized the other person’s mind got activated that he felt the need for his interference. Because there is a couplet that Duryodhana sat on his head side. So that means one has to have Viveka (discretion) to seek Krishna.

So my question is, “Does love remain tolerant if not called for? It is not love then, it is service.”

Acharya Prashant: Facts do not really support this. Was Arjun really prepared to surrender? Even till the 3rd  chapter or the 4th chapter, Arjun is putting up a great deal of resistance. In fact, in one Shloka (couplet), he explicitly says to Krishna that sometimes you are saying that Karma Sanyaas is better, sometimes you are saying Karma Yoga is better. Why are you confusing me?

L: “Tell me clearly.”(Arjun)

AP: “Not only tell me clearly. If Karma Sanyaas is so good, then why are you pushing me in all this?”, So, it is not as if Arjun is coming to Krishna like a surrendered devotee. At one point Krishna has to display his magnified form to Arjun just to convince him, ‘just to convince him’. Even after the entire narration of Bhagwat Gita, Arjun is still not fully convinced, he is not prepared to fight Bhishma, for example. Continue reading

Spirituality is the art of supreme nonsense

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Question: Why do you talk to people like this?

Acharya Prashant: There is this tree out there and it has a few leaves and when the wind blows the leaves also blow. Let’s together go and ask the leaves why do they blow like this?

Listener: Trees don’ talk.

AP: Ah! We don’t listen.

L: They don’t talk in English.

AP: Why must you be so tied to English? Don’t you know ‘Treeish’?

L: This is what you imagine.

AP: No, ‘Treeish’ is a language. Have you not heard of it?

L: No. Is it the language in which trees talk?

AP: Of course!

Everybody knows this language, even those kids know that. You forgot. You started knowing so much else that you forgot the language of the trees. Have you ever talked to your dog; Never?

Don’t you have a dog?

L: No.

AP: Too bad! What do you have?

L: Walls.

AP: Have you never talked to them?

L: No.

AP: People will say, “You are mad”? Social opprobrium!  How do I talk to walls like a madman?

Preetam talks!

L: He talks to walls?

AP: He talks even to walls when there are no walls.

(Laughter)

L: That doesn’t make any sense.

AP:

Spirituality is the art of supreme nonsense.

So become comfortable with something nonsensical.

If you are too tied to sensibility, then you will be tied to your insanity.

L: So, you don’t know why you talk to the people?

AP: I have already told—‘For the same reason the leaf dances in the wind’. Looking for a purpose, some profit, some motive, some missing statement, something to do, something to achieve, what does this guy want? What is he after? What is he chasing? May be something, may be something. Maybe nothing. Who knows?


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

Watch the session: Acharya Prashant: Spirituality is the art of supreme nonsense

Read more articles on this topic:

Article 1: Babaji can’t even talk sense, how will he talk spirituality?

Article 2: What is Intelligent Spirituality

Article 3: Spirituality is the intimacy of the immediate, not the blaze of the beyond


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Is there a difference between Shiva and Krishna?

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Question: What is the difference between Shiva and Krishna? What is the symbolic difference?

Acharya Prashant: Shiva is more fundamental than Krishna.

Krishna contains a lot of both Shiva and Shakti. So unless you are watchful, you will get confused. Shiva is simple and pure. Shiva has the benefit of just being Shiva, with Shakti expressed totally as a different entity, which though emanating from Shiva, yet is very different from Shiva.

In Krishna, you find Shiva and Shakti both and you do not know which is which;
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