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The Great Magic of Scriptures || Acharya Prashant, on Nitnem Sahib (2019)

The Great Magic of Scriptures

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Question: Acharya ji, Pranaam! While reading and meditating on Nitnem, something happened within me, which is difficult to explain. And this happening is same, while we were reading Ashtavakra Gita, and Upanishads.

These words do not create any images, but they take away my chains, and cut me down. Whatever we see around, most of the combinations of the alphabets a-z, in this world, all that is just with an agenda – to protect our ego, or fear, or greed. But when these same letters a-z, combine, to produce the Jaap Sahib, or Ashtavakra Gita, why is there a magic?

Acharya Prashant Ji: There is just a magic, Sandeep! The ‘why’ is not necessary. But if you are asking, I will speak on it.

There is a Sacredness, a Trueness, that is at the root of the world. The world keeps changing, coming and going, the Trueness remains. The world is many things. To the Lover of the Truth, the world is an expression of the Truth. To the hater of the Truth, the world is a competitor of the Truth.

Do you see how the meanings of the world can change, according to the mind, that is looking at the world?

If you are the lover of the Truth, the world is a manifestation of the Truth.

If you are a worshiper of the Truth, then the world is an offering, a gift, a prasad from the Truth.

Whereas, if you are a hater of the Truth, somebody who loves to say that, the Truth doesn’t exist, then the world is a substitute to the Truth.

You hate the world. if you hate the Truth, you would say, “There is no Truth. there is only the world, the material world.” So what does the world become? A substitute, a competitor. It depends on who you are.

Those who love the Truth, their world becomes truthful.

Everything in their world, gets arranged to serve the Truth.

It comes from the Truth, it serves the Truth.

It serves the Truth, so more comes from the Truth.

More comes from the Truth, there is more to serve the Truth.

The Truth is served even more, there is even more that comes from Truth. 

And all this expression is material. But that expression is merely a result of the commitment, of the expressing one, to the Truth. It is not merely their words, that are now arranged, configured, in the design of Truth, in the light of Truth, by the virtue of Truth. Everything, even their body.

Just as their words take you beyond their chains, even their body, their eyes, their looks, will take you beyond your chains. It is obvious, is it not? If the words of Ashtavakra have so much power, what power would be there, in sitting next to Ashtavakra? Words are material thing, are they not? And the body too is a material thing. In fact, the words require the body, to emerge.

If the words are so beautiful, there would certainly be great beauty, in sitting next to the ‘person’ of Ashtavakra. The way they wear their clothes, the way they eat, the way they work, everything would be a scripture, provided you know how to read. It is because everything that they have, everything that they are, is first of all, an offering to the Truth.

They have not kept anything for themselves, privately, reserved, personal. All is there to serve, the One. The One. When all is to serve the One, then all gets arranged, aligned, in the music of the One. It depends on what you want to do, with your earthly existence. It depends on your fundamental concept is.

If your concept is – “I am false, because I am incomplete. I am false because my daily inadequacies prove to me, that I cannot be the Final One. My daily existence is the proof, that this little structure cannot be the finality” – if this is your concept, then you will surrender this little, incomplete thing to that which is complete, because the complete is, that which you are anyway craving for. Nobody has to teach you that. It is your basic urge. You are seeking completeness. And if you are seeking completeness, then why not submit the incomplete, in the service of the complete?

Is that not common sensical?

Your brain, your intellect, your decisions, your life, your body, your past, your experiences, your knowledge, everything keeps failing, everything is incomplete. And there are abundant and daily porofs. Are there not?

On one hand you know that, on the other hand you also know that the incomplete one, does not satisfy you. Anything that is limited, and bounded, does not quench your thirst. So you know that you want something big. You want something big, you have something small, what to do with the small thing that you have? Use it to reach the big thing, that you really want. Logical, obvious, common sensical!

You want thousand, you have hundred, what to do with the hundred? Invest it in a way, that it would become a thousand. It is a very gross way of putting it, but may be the only way it would make sense to you.

You have hundred, but you are not happy with hundred. What do you want? A thousand. What to do with the hundred then?

Listeners: Invest.

Acharya ji: Invest it in the service of the thousand. What are the saints doing? They are targeting a billion, a trillion. A billion trillion. A trillion trillion. Using just, hundred. That’s some smartness. Those are the really smart ones. Not these dudes, that are hanging around, wearing the tags of smartness.

Somebody gets fifteen percent return on his investment, and you start calling him ‘smart’. Somebody makes a million dollars, and you say, “Wow! Really smart chap.”

He is dumb.

(laughter)

“Fortune 500. It is really something big!” They have wasted it. Buggers, you have lost it! You know what, you have just lost it.

Misfortune!

Change your concept of smartness.

When your concept of smartness changes, then you know who the real dude is. That’s worship.

If you are dumb, then you will just admire a few other dumb people.

If you are intelligent, then you worship. You worship the really smart ones.

They are called ‘saints’.

That requires you to be super-smart.

Dumb people will admire only dumb people!

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

Watch the session:  The Great Magic of Scriptures || Acharya Prashant, on Nitnem Sahib (2019)


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Do you know why one wants to cry over spilled milk?

Do you know why one wants to cry over spilled milk? So that one doesn’t have to do the right action then and there.

The right action probably then is to clean up that which has been spilled.

You probably did not get exposure to wisdom literature as a child. But what prevents you now? Ask yourself even today. Are you reading well? What is your alibi today?

Maybe you could justify your situation ten years or twenty years back by saying that you were just a helpless kid and nobody provided you the exposure. But today you probably are not a kid. Why are you not then giving yourself the fullest opportunity to learn, know, discover, uncover?

When you give yourself the opportunity, you also know how to bring the opportunity to others. Millions and billions of kids are waiting for wisdom education. But that wisdom education can be brought to them only by somebody wise. So you have to first of all ask yourself: “Have I been siding with wisdom? Am I committed to discovering my wise nature?” When you discover your wise nature you’ll be able to bring wisdom education to everybody: to kids, to adults, to the entire world.



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Can one get rid of mental patterns even at an advanced age?

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Important takeaways:

Do you know why one wants to cry over spilled milk? So that one doesn’t have to do the right action then and there.

When you give yourself the opportunity, you also know how to bring the opportunity to others. Millions and billions of kids are waiting for wisdom education. But that wisdom education can be brought to them only by somebody wise. So you have to first of all ask yourself: “Have I been siding with wisdom? Am I committed to discovering my wise nature?” When you discover your wise nature you’ll be able to bring wisdom education to everybody: to kids, to adults, to the entire world.

Question: All the wisdom is available to us only after a certain age. But the dye is prepared early in the childhood. How does one change his dye at an advanced stage of his life?

Acharya Prashant: The dye is no good. The dye does not help you. The dye is such a lousy dye. The dye is such a misfit. When you watch the dye you do not want to confirm to the dye and that is freedom from the dye. Nothing else. You call it the dye, you call it your conditioning, you call it the various layers that you have covered yourself under. You call it your ideas, ideals, prejudices, whatever.

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On Shiva Sutra: Atman is the mother of mind; Awareness is the mother of consciousness

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ज्ञानाधिष्ठानं मातृका

Translation: The basis, the foundation, the substratum of consciousness, which is knowledge,
is the mother, the origin.

~ Shiva Sutra: (1.4)

Acharya Prashant (AP): Atman is the mother of mind. 

Awareness is the mother of consciousness. 

The Source is the Atman.

The manifestation is Prakriti. Continue reading

Truth Absolute from ASHTAVAKRA GITA

A grey head does not make an elder,
Not by years, not by grey hair,
not by riches
nor by relations did the seers make the Law,
He who is great to us,
is one who has learning.

~ Ashtavakra in Mahabharata ~

Ashtavakra


Dialogues between

King Janaka 

&

 Sage Ashtavakra

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A Course in Realization

Reading scriptures on a regular basis is most central to spiritual growthAncient spiritual texts like the Upanishads and Gita are more relevant today than they were ever before. To spend a lifetime without the words of the saints, the avatars and the gurus is to lose a lifetime.

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What makes India spiritual?

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Question: In India you are more open. It seems that here there are less differences.

Acharya Prashant: You see, this population that you see around you, has been touched by generations and generations and generations of Saints and Rishis. So there still is something in the soil of this place. Even the very common, very ordinary Indian, even if he has received no particular spiritual education, he still retains little, just very little touch of what the great Masters had been. But it is a very faint touch. The wonderful thing is that even the faint touch of the Immense is still quite significant. But you must not be contented with the faint touch. You must aspire for the Full, for the Total. Continue reading

On Ashtavakra Gita and Bhagawad Gita: The man beyond the world

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There is no aggression nor compassion, no pride nor humility,
no wonder nor confusion for the man whose days of samsara are over.

Ashtavakra Gita (Chapter 17, Shlok 6)

Acharya Prashant (AP): Whose days in Sansara are over.

Must be closer to death, some terminal disease. Must be dying.

It is a good point to begin with. It’s a good word to use. Live in the world, don’t be worldly. When Ashtavakra says that his days in the world are over, all he means is that his worldliness is over.

There is no aggression nor compassion, no pride nor humility, no wonder nor confusion for the man whose days in Samsara are over.      Continue reading