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Artificial intelligence and Real intelligence

First Question: In the age of artificial intelligence, where does man stand in front of machines?
Second question: What kind of personality development does man need?
Acharya Prashant: Computation and information technology has been, and is, evolving rapidly. Machines bring with them the benefits of efficiency, scalability and predictability. Everything that a computer system, a mechanical arrangement, can take care of will be sooner than later assigned to the machines. Which means that all pattern based jobs – work that involves repetition and adherence to procedures – will go to machines. This is happening, and will happen, not only in engineering and management fields, but in all fields of human activity.

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Why does one get angry?

Question: Moving from opinions to the realm of facts, I feel an intense need to look very closely at my mind’s desires but there is anger. What is this anger and why is it there? I want to understand it.

Speaker: Realization becomes anger in absence of action. You get a faint glimmer, you see something and in spite of knowing that that is the direction to go, you still allow yourself to be blocked. The energy that should have gone into movement towards the light, that energy will now express itself as anger. Anger is nothing but the expression of your own frustrated energy. You know the direction to go, and you are not going in that direction, that energy will accumulate and spill over. This is called anger.

Move. Deploy that energy rightly. Anger will no longer be there.


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

Watch the session at: Why do I get angry?

Read more articles on this topic:

Article 1: What is anger?
Article 2: Implementation is the fruit of realisation
Article 3: How to take right decisions?

Why do we blame others for our mistakes?

Question: Why do we always want to blame something on others? Why is accountability so important?

Speaker: When you are able to blame others, then you are able to earn certain rights for yourself. Those rights cannot come to you, if you do not say, that others are in a position to harm you. Even the law agrees to killing in self-defense. You kill a man just like that, you will be jailed. But if you kill a man in self-defense, it is considered alright. So, you can label somebody an aggressor, an attacker and what right do you get? The right to kill him. Even when the police wants to stage these fake encounters, they do not say that, “We brought these people here to the jungle and just shot them.” What do they say? They say, “You know these people were shooting at us, so in self-defense we had to kill them”, Even the police needs some kind of an excuse to kill. Continue reading

To go beyond yourself, come close to yourself

Tao Te Ching

“If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial.

If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked.

If you want to become full, let yourself be empty.

If you want to be reborn, let yourself die.

If you want to be given everything, give everything up”

Tao Te Ching (Chapter – 22)

Speaker: Lao Tzu says, “If you want of become whole, let yourself be partial”. The partial hates to call itself partial. The partial has a great belief, that it is the whole. The fragment survives on the belief, that it is total. The individual exists on the assumption, that it is separate. The partial will always call itself a unit, an independent complete and separate unit. And the more partial it is, the more unitary it will feel.

For the partial to humbly accept, that it is but partial; it must have a connection to wholeness. That is also the foundation of Bhakti. When you are in touch of the absolute then you come to know of your smallness. When you are in the touch with the innocent then you come to know about your crookedness. These two go together. Only in touch with the absolute, can you know your limitation. That is why humility and grandeur always go together. Only in touch of immensity, can there be humility.

 When the heart is in touch with immensity, the mind will have humility. Continue reading

Why does one run away from the Reality?

Listener: We say mind should be at the right place. What is that extent to which the mind should be at the right place? Does it vary? Sometimes it is near the right place but after two-three days it is away. And then again, it comes near the centre.

Speaker: Praveen(referring to the questioner), man as he is thinks of himself as two. Thought creates the second one. Man thinks of himself as two, thought creates the second one. The first is not created by thought. What is this two-ness in man; one that man really is, second what he thinks himself to be.

First that he really is, cannot be captured in thought and is neither a product of thought, nor can thought, know anything about it. Out of these two, the second one too has a life of its own.  Obviously it is an imaginary life because it has been created by thought. But it does have a life and this second one is very significant because, it is the second one that suffers. It is for this second one, that the Guru (Teacher) exists. You understand this importance of the second one, which is fake, illusory, just thought. It is so important that the Guru needs to help it. It is nothing yet so tremendously important. Continue reading

On having motives in life

Question:  Sir, is it not important to have motive in life?

 Speaker: See Sana, motives are there. So the question: “Whether or nor motives are important and whether we must have motives?” is a little irrelevant because motives are anywhere there. And who is asking this question? Is it optional to have motives? If I say, “Don’t have motives”, is it within our capacity to not to have motives? The one who is asking this, will necessarily have motives. Why? Continue reading

Time, thought, sorrow and the ending of sorrow

To understand the nature of sorrow, and the ending of sorrow, one must understand time and to understand time is to understand thought.
J. Krishnamurti

Speaker: To understand sorrow, one must understand time, and to understand time is to understand thought.
What is ego?
We usually say the ego is “I am this” and this could be anything. I am a male, I am a body, I am a father, I am a scholar, I am happy, I am these many years of age. But all these statements are incomplete. The ego is “I am X, now” (emphasizing on now). This now is a very important part of the ego and this now has to be understood, if this statement has to be understood. This statement says, “To understand sorrow, you’ll have to understand time and to understand time you’ll have to understand thought.” Ego is this now. We exist not only as something in relation to others; we also exist in the zone of the ego as something in relation to time. I am something now. Now is the center of ego. In space, the body is the center of ego. As mind, now is the center of ego.

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