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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.

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How to know God’s will? || Acharya Prashant, on Nitnem Sahib (2019)

How to know God's will

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जो किछ कराय सो भला कर माने-ई हिकमत हुक्म हुक्म चुकाइये

~ तिलांग, पहला महला, शब्द हज़ारे (नितनेम)  

Those God-Oriented people will tell that to attain God, we should accept as good whatever He does, and stop our own cleverness and will.

~ Tilang, 1st Mehla, Shabad Hazare (Nitnem)

Question: Pranaam Acharya ji. Can you please explain this statement?

In daily life, I take decisions, and interfere with things happening around me. How do I know when to stop interfering, and accept whatever happens, as done by God, and to be taken as ‘good’?

Acharya Prashant: You have to take as ‘good’ whatever, He does. Not whatever you do.

“To attain God accept whatever He does, and stop your cleverness and will.” Your own cleverness is to be stopped. Whatever He does, is to be..bowed down to.

How will you find out, whether a particular action is arising from Him? You cannot find that out. But you can at least find out, where your thoughts, and actions, are coming from. There is a difference. Please appreciate the subtle difference.

You cannot find out whether a thought or action is coming from God. But does that mean that you cannot just find out where your thoughts and actions are coming from? No. You can find that out, because anyway 99.99% of your thoughts and actions, are not coming from God.

Were they coming from God, there would have been nobody, to enquire where they are coming from.

They come from God, only when the enquirer melts into God.

Luckily for you, luckily for the enquirer, neither you nor anybody else, operates too frequently from God. We operate from many other places.

We do not operate as God-lovers. We operate from many, many other identities. We operate from multiple brands of falsenesses. The Truth cannot be detected. But, at least falseness can be detected.

So, find out where your life is operating from. Find out the origins of your words, your determinations., of your hopes, plans, actions. 

All that comes from God, is good.

Conversely, all that comes from you, is abhorrent. 

The moment you detect something arising from your various inconsistencies, your weaknesses, incompletenesses, don’t support them. Is that too much to ask? It’s not at all too much to ask for. You are just being requested, to shun the rotten. You are not being asked to reject the precious.

The verse makes it amply, and beautifully clear. “That which comes from Him, is good. That which comes from your cleverness and smartness, is abhor-able.” Find really out, where your life is operating from. It is possible to see that.  A little effort, a little honesty is needed.

How would you know if something is happening from God? You would not know. The knower would not be there. And when the knower is not there, that is mostly a very good sign, accept in those cases, where the knower is not there, because the knower is deeply unconscious.

If you have no ordinary consciousness of the happening, it indicates either of two things. One: it is happening from the God-center. You have disappeared, in the Truth, so there is nobody now to take cognizance of the happening. 

Or you are so deeply drunk, that you do not know what is going on. 

And that is the reason why the spiritual seekers often try various kinds of substances, chemicals, drugs, psychedelic ones, in order to get a faint experience of selflessness. Because selflessness can come to you, in both these conditions.

One: when you have truly dissolved in the Truth. Second: when you are so very unconscious, that even the ego, goes for a toss. Even the ego is not there, you are so deeply unconscious.

But while the first kind of selflessness is pure nectar, ambrosia(amrit). The  second kind of selflessness, is a poison, worse than the ordinary life. It’s a false medicine that is actually poisonous to the patient.

So, seeing that, the questioner here, usually resides between the lower most, and the upper most state. He is in the ordinary state of consciousness, in which there is neither substance abuse, nor is there God-drunkenness. The way ahead is to see, with honesty, and determination – why you were doing, what you were doing.

The moment you see why you were doing, what you were doing, you also come to see, who the doer is. It is always great fun to catch the doer. 

The doer is a thousand people, all wearing your name. When you catch the doer, and you say, “You look like me, but you are not me, don’t use my name to create the mischief, ” it’s great fun. Whose name is the doer always wearing? Your name. But is the doer ever you? He is not.

Catch the doer. Catch the thinker. Catch the little, false ‘I’.

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

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What is Prayer?

Hari ke jan satigur, satpurkha binau karau gur paasi.

– Shri Guru Granth Sahib, 10

{O humble servant of the Lord, O true Guru, O true primal being, I offer my humble prayer to you, O Guru!}

Question: What is prayer? Is there a need for another thing or another body separate from you for praying?

Acharya Prashant: The word ‘praying’ is beautifully understood when you also take its counterpart in Sanskrit Praarthna.

Arth means desire. Whenever you usually pray – and we all keep praying – our prayers are to the world, our prayers are to people, to situations. Whenever we normally pray, there is a desire behind it: arth. The desire is obviously a product of conditioning; it is obviously material, as all desires are bound to be. It is about a thing, a person, or an idea. Continue reading