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Acharya Prashant, with students: Who is collecting your sacrifice? ||(2013)


Question: Why do we sacrifice in the name of Life?

Acharya Prashant: Who says that? What is your name?

Listener: Ankush.

AP: Ankush, who told you that Life is a big ‘sacrifice’? And whenever there is a ‘sacrifice’, there is somebody collecting the sacrifice. Who is collecting the sacrifice? You are giving your Life who is taking that Life? Have you ever seen this?

Life is not a sacrifice. 

It was surely a very defeated, a very sad man who has said that Life is the ‘sacrifice’. Life is there to live. It is your one precious Life and you are ‘young’. It is meant to be lived. It is not even meant to be given away. But a divine part is this that

When you live your Life fully, you actually give a lot to others as well.

Like a candle. A candle shining brightly is able to light a hundred other candles as well. And that takes nothing away from its own Light. It does not have to sacrifice its own Light.

Ensure that you are up and aflame like that candle then others will also get something from you. But that will be just incidental. You don’t have to sacrifice. Sacrifice what and why?

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God and scriptures are not matters of personal belief

Question:  Sir, belief in God often stops us from doing wrong things. What is your point of view?

Speaker:  Belief in God stops us from doing wrong thing. How does the whole thing operate? You are saying that my belief in God prevents me from doing the wrong. Do you see how the mind operates in this situation? The mind is saying that there is a God and that God will punish me, if I do any of these things. So you have a list ready with you; these are the good thing and these are the bad things. If I do good things then Gods will give me some reward and if I do bad things then God will come with a stick and punish me.

What kind of God is this? And what kind of list is this?

Today what you consider as right, did you always consider it right?

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Honesty- a direct uncorrupted movement from Self to action

Speaker: When you say ‘honesty is the best policy’ to a kid in school, you are validating honesty but more than honesty you are validating policies. You are on the side of honesty; that is obvious. You are saying ‘honesty is the best policy’; so you are advocating honesty. What we do not notice is that simultaneously we are also advocating…?

Listener 1: Policies.

Speaker: Yes and what are policies?

Listener 1: Man-made, rules and regulations.

Speaker: Policies are alternatives, policies are choices. I may do this or I may not do this. All policies are decisions and you have made honesty into a…?

Listeners (in unison): Policy.

Speaker: Decision, and the moment you say it’s my decision to be honest, you are saying that I am bigger than honesty. I am choosing honesty and I reserve the right to…?

Listener 2: Not to choose honesty.

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Why can’t I do what is right?

Question: How do we make our mind do what is important at that moment?

Speaker: Once you know what is important, there will be no need to make the mind work on it. Realization is such a potent force, that cannot be surmounted. If you think that even after realization you require some other prop, some kind of a support or motivation, for you to act as per the realization, then realization has not really happened at all.

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Either go completely through the pain, or simply disown the pain

आरब्धकर्मणि क्षीणे व्यवहारो निवर्तते । 
कर्मक्षये त्वसौ नैव शामेद्धयानसहस्त्रतः 

(Avadhuta Upanishad, Verse 19)

When the results of actions set in motion are exhausted, the habitual usage also ends. This worldly usage will not cease even with repeated meditation, unless such actions are exhausted.

Question: Is there no way out? What is meant by ‘actions are exhausted’?

Speaker: ‘Exhausted’ means that all the pent-up, suppressed energy, comes into motion, and takes a release. But this is the most painful, mechanical and time-consuming way of getting rid of your burden, the Prarabdha Karma. It is like saying that your palm is kept over a burning piece of coal, and you can get relief only when all the latent energy of the coal is exhausted. This is the most painful, unintelligent and time-consuming way of coming to the end of suffering.
And even in this process, coming to the end of suffering, coming to exhaustion, is possible only if no fresh fuel is Presentation1added to the fire. It is possible only if one has the patience and the faith to bear all the results of his previous karma without creating new cause-effect cycle, without adding to his inventory of more unspent fuel. Continue reading

Why can’t I leave my comfort zone?

Question: When I look at what I am doing, and why I am doing it, honestly, it gives me fear. I don’t want to take action, because of the fear of the new.

Speaker: There is no fear of the new. There is only the fear of leaving the old. The old is giving you comforts, and it is as basic as that! It is so obvious, direct and ground level, that no explanation can be given or needed. It is the most gross thing that is there. It has to be obvious. Continue reading

Don’t chase the Truth, just stop running away from the Truth

Question: Is there any spiritual journey that leads to enlightenment, like it was Buddha’s case, or is every movement a journey and destination, like it was with Krishna?

Is there a journey that leads to enlightenment or is it instantaneous, right now?

Acharya Prashant: What makes you say that with Buddha there was a journey? Why?

Listener: We know his struggle. He changed a hundred masters and then finally he got enlightened.

AP: You are right. He did all that.

L1: But there was no such thing with Krishna.

AP: Let’s first stay with Buddha.

Somebody roams around for ten years, twenty years, thirty years, somebody goes to ten masters, twenty masters, and then we are told that there is an event called ‘enlightenment’. That’s what your story is. Yes? How do you know that what you call as ‘enlightenment’ was the effect of the cause called ‘wandering,’ ‘seeking,’ or ‘searching’? How do you know that there is a cause-effect relationship there? Continue reading