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What lies beyond mind? More mind.

Listener: (Reading a quote of Acharya Prashant from a quote-calendar)

What lies beyond mind?
More mind.
What is more mind?
What and lies and mind.
Questions, perceptions on the concept of the mind.

Acharya Prashant: Any question about beyond-ness would be a useless question because the question itself is coming from the mind. And the question decides the scope of the answer. If the question is mental, it is demanding a mental answer as well. The mental answer is ‘mental’; within mind; so it cannot take you beyond mind. Which means that it is not the answers that can give spiritual solutions. They come from somewhere else.

Even as we are talking, let’s say I ask a question and you give me an answer. Yet if your answer is really useful to me, it would not be the words of the answer but something behind the words. Words keep you in the same dimension as the question. So answers can never be useful. May be they can be. You tell me. (Asking one of the listener)

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Krishna, Shiva, words, and Silence


Listener 1: Sir how can words have such a cleansing effect, don’t you think Silence speaks louder?

AP: Is there a contradiction between silence and words? Is there really? We have been silent since the last one hour. It’s such an eloquent Silence.

Listener 1: It’s still secondary.

AP: No, what do you think Silence is? If you think Silence is wordlessness then it is a very noisy silence.

Listener 1: How do you know that?

AP: Because you have taken silence to be something.

Listener 1: Then we are doing the same thing here.

AP: No, not really. We are not even talking of Silence. We are busy in what we are and this is Silence.

To not to think of Silence is Silence.


To have an image of Silence as wordlessness or anything is noise.

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If life is not loveless, would you still talk of liberation?

Question: After listening to you it appears that the purpose of the world is Joy and fun. And Joy is coming from silence. And Silence would have been there even when we were not there. If Joy or Fun  are our natural states then why this universe does exists? Why did somebody create all this? What of the thinking?

Acharya Prashant: The question here, for those who will not comprehend Hindi, is that “Is Joy and Fun are our natural states then why does this universe does exist? Why did somebody create all this? What of the thinking?” I do not know what he was thinking but I am sure that if you go into this you will be set thinking and that will take away your peace.

We are not here to talk of mighty things. In a way of theory I can take this up, in fact I have taken this up not less than hundred times previously not less than five or ten or twenty videos addressing this. You would have put up on my name on YouTube. I could recycle their contents here right now but I don’t want to do that. I want to ask you, has this question really meaning for you? Do you live in this question? Is this question in any case in any way related to your daily living?

Life is what you do minute by minute, second by second, hour by hour. Minute by minute do you think why did God created the Earth or the Universe? Minute by minute you are taking over by questions of ambition, hope, worry, security, love, lust, achievement, fear, desperation, respectability – these are the things that really matters to us. In fact even when we talk of God we talk of some big entity, a fatherly figure, a respectable one, a creator and all powerful one. Do you see then that authority, security, respectability, bigness – this is what really matters to us? Let us rather ask questions which are very-very ordinary, I assure you that it is in the ordinary questions of one’s daily life that both the problem and the solution lie. Continue reading

Here and now simply means that be alert to what is in the mind

Here and now does not really pertain to an objective reality because there is no objective reality.

Here and now pertains to the state that the mind is in.

All that here and now means is that when the mind is in a particular state, then that state is all that there is.

Mind is in temptation, then the temptation is all that there is.

Mind is anger, then anger is all that there is.

Here and now simply means that be alert to what is in the mind

Silence is the thirst of your mind

Silence is that which you want, really really want,
when you move from one type of noise to the other type.

Silence is the thirst of your mind.

Silence is that which is your essential state; that which you deeply do know.

And because you know it, because your familiarity with it is very very intimate,
hence, you cannot forget it.

Hear noise? Both hearing and noise are proofs of Silence


Acharya Prashant: You are talking about the sound of the naad and you are wondering whether that can be used as a technique.

What will you use as a technique?

There has to be something to be used. The naad is not the sound at all. What will you use and how will you use? There has to be something to be used. When there is nothing how will you put it to use?

The naad is not at all a sound. And if you are talking of a sound then it is just something that your ears can hear and the moment your ears are not there the sound will be gone.

What then is meant by naad?

Naad means a particular soundlessness even in the middle of the sounds.

Naad means the silent background on which you hear all the sounds.

Now you cannot hear that silence really. All that you can know is that there is something beyond these sounds, that you can hear these sounds only because they have a certain silent background. So hearing itself is a proof of naad which means paradoxically that naad is a soundless sound that you actually hear with your ears.


Because whatever you hear, you hear it only in the backdrop of silence. So hearing itself is a proof of silence. Sound is a proof of silence. Even noise is a proof of silence. That is what is meant by the naad method, that when you hear something you hear it with great attention.

When you hear it with great attention, you hear not only what is being said but also the space in which it is being said.

This world itself is the method. Whatever is happening continuously is the method. These sounds that are falling on your ears continuously are naad. 

You cannot go somewhere else to figure out something special called naad. And if you meet people who claim that they have been hearing the naad then you must know that they have just been delude in themselves.

You know man finds it easiest to cheat himself, to live in a make-believe world—“Oh I have been in Samadhi; Oh I have been hearing the anhad naad; Oh I have been in deep silence; Oh yes! I am aware of the truth.”

There is only this. If right now the sound of the ocean is reaching you, this sound itself is naad provided if you can be present to it. That is the naad method, there is nothing more to it. If you take anything else as naad then it is just mental activity. You have either picked up some specific sound or your own imagination and you are calling it as soundlessness.

Are you getting it? Do not fall prey to all these things.

One fellow came and said, “There is a continuous buzzing that keeps on happening in my ears, a certain echoing, a wordless echoing.”

I said, “Go and get you ears cleaned.”


It is not a proof of spiritual advancement rather it is a proof of aural deterioration. Soon you will become deaf.

It is a strange thing—but being fully available to something has a quality that is beyond that something. I repeat that if you are fully available to material then there is a quality in this relationship that is not of the material. If you are fully available to the sound of the waves then there is something there which is not of the waves.

You cannot get that something without the waves. The only way for you, as the body, is to be fully available and present to the material waves. Be fully present to that and then you will go beyond that.

Instead it seems that the spiritual fashion these days is to bypass the wave and try to go to silence. You cannot go to the naad without the sound of the wave. The wave is all that you have, the world is all that you have, material is all that you have. Even to go beyond the material, you’ll have to go to the material and through the material.

In fact, your role is just to be fully with the material.

The beyondness happens on its own, there you cannot do anything and that is Grace.

You go and be fully present to the wave and the naad happens on its own. You do not search for it, you do not expect it, you do not try, you do not say that I have come to listen to the wave so that I may get to hear the naad. If you do that then forget the naad you’ll not be able to listen even to the wave.

To try for the world beyond, is a sure shot way to miss not only the world beyond but also this world.

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

Watch the session: Acharya Prashant: Hear noise? Both hearing and noise are proofs of Silence

Read more articles on this topic:

Article 1: To maintain silence is to maintain yourself; your silence is the noise that you are

Article 2: On Upanishad: When you are conscious of Silence, it is noise

Article 3: On Raman Maharishi: Only Silence communicates fully; let words come from Silence

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To maintain silence is to maintain yourself; your silence is the noise that you are


Question: Why is it so difficult to give up on yourself even though it is the cause of so much suffering?

Acharya Prashant: It might become easier had we not been using these attractive names. Knowledge is such an attractive name. Is it not? Now suffering is called knowledge and knowledge is pure – “How can I give it up? I am here to give up my impurity, not my purities.” Continue reading