Feel grateful when your confusions get exposed

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Question: It has been a long time that I have been listening to you and I have been engaged with a lot of words and everything. And so many words and so many misunderstandings have come and gone but still, the restlessness remains; but still, the will to consume remains. Like I am sitting here right now, it is of great disturbance to me that I am thinking that I want to eat a burger.

Acharya Prashant: Is this the first time that you have wanted to eat a burger? Continue reading

Continuous Stress

Mind lives in knowledge and if there is something that cannot be captured in mind as knowledge, then mind will have to surrender to it. So we all live as if knowledge is most important. We all live as if our well being depends on that which we know and hence we remain tense. We remain eager for information, we remain eager for our well fare. We are never able to relax and let go of this responsibility of fending for ourselves. We continuously burden ourselves with this responsibility.

We say, “Our well being depends on our efforts, our smartness, our intellect and endeavors.” With that burden – which is an immense burden because we know that ultimately we will not be able to take care of ourselves because death beacons, with that impossible responsibility – we live.

The result is a continuous stress.

The only way the mind can relax is by leaving itself to something bigger than itself; something in a bigger dimension than itself.


Further Reading:

The Flying Kiss to the Sky

cover_fksA Flying Kiss to The Sky, is a collection of excerpts from various discourses of Acharya Prashant, arranged in a special order which makes it the ideal first book, for all who want to come close to the facts of their own lives.

The book is divided into three parts, each part helping the reader to appreciate the working of his own mind and hence, the world in more clear and precise terms. Its unique one-page-one-chapter format makes it even more simple. It won’t be wrong to say that it is a book for all: Reader, or non-reader; Professional, or Spiritual.

Paperback: Advait Publications Page

On Khalil Gibran: Hidden tendencies have great power; but power of Truth is greater

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That which seems most feeble and bewildered in you
is the strongest and most determined.

Is it not your breath that has 
erected and hardened the structure of your bones?

-Khalil Gibran The prophet (The farewell)

Acharya Prashant: There are two ways one can look at this; which of these two are more beneficial to us depends on who we are. We will talk about both the meanings.

‘That which seems most feeble and bewildered in you is the strongest and most determined. Is it not your breath that has erected and hardened the structure of your bones?

What we call as strong is that which is materially strong. What we call as purposeful is that which has a material purpose, a tangible goal. Truth, Tao or Brahm or Emptiness has no material strength, neither does it have a material goal. Even to say that it does not have a goal is not quite proper. It does not have a goal but it also does not not-have a goal. It would be more appropriate to say that the Truth is beyond purpose and goal. The truth is beyond strength and weakness; beyond strength and beyond goals.   Continue reading

We are all born married

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Listener: Is it possible to live alone?

Acharya Prashant: Why does this question arise?

L: Because I don’t want to get married.

AP: Why don’t you want to get married?

L: Because I want to go on the path of spirituality. And dependency should not be there. I feel that if I marry someone, I will be dependent.

AP: What if you are dependent on somebody or something else even if you don’t marry?

L: I feel complete without marriage.

AP: Then, why does this question arise? Continue reading

How can I know the Truth?

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Question: How can I know the truth?

Acharya Prashant: It is not very important. Far more important it is to see that you take a lot of things as the truth. You already take too many things as the truth. To begin with, don’t you take yourself as the truth? Is there anybody who says, “I am not”? Everybody says, “I am.” So when you say you are, obviously you mean that you truly exist. So you are the truth.

Begin from there. There is so much that I take as the truth. Now, is that really truth? A few hints from the scriptures may be helpful. The scriptures say, “If it is prone to disappearance and appearance, it cannot be the Truth. If it breaks your trust, it cannot be the truth. If it has an opposite somewhere, it cannot be the truth. If you can think about it and talk about it, it cannot be the truth.” Continue reading

Spirituality is the art of supreme nonsense

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Question: Why do you talk to people like this?

Acharya Prashant: There is this tree out there and it has a few leaves and when the wind blows the leaves also blow. Let’s together go and ask the leaves why do they blow like this?

Listener: Trees don’ talk.

AP: Ah! We don’t listen.

L: They don’t talk in English.

AP: Why must you be so tied to English? Don’t you know ‘Treeish’?

L: This is what you imagine.

AP: No, ‘Treeish’ is a language. Have you not heard of it?

L: No. Is it the language in which trees talk?

AP: Of course!

Everybody knows this language, even those kids know that. You forgot. You started knowing so much else that you forgot the language of the trees. Have you ever talked to your dog; Never?

Don’t you have a dog?

L: No.

AP: Too bad! What do you have?

L: Walls.

AP: Have you never talked to them?

L: No.

AP: People will say, “You are mad”? Social opprobrium!  How do I talk to walls like a madman?

Preetam talks!

L: He talks to walls?

AP: He talks even to walls when there are no walls.

(Laughter)

L: That doesn’t make any sense.

AP:

Spirituality is the art of supreme nonsense.

So become comfortable with something nonsensical.

If you are too tied to sensibility, then you will be tied to your insanity.

L: So, you don’t know why you talk to the people?

AP: I have already told—‘For the same reason the leaf dances in the wind’. Looking for a purpose, some profit, some motive, some missing statement, something to do, something to achieve, what does this guy want? What is he after? What is he chasing? May be something, may be something. Maybe nothing. Who knows?


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

Watch the session: Acharya Prashant: Spirituality is the art of supreme nonsense

Read more articles on this topic:

Article 1: Babaji can’t even talk sense, how will he talk spirituality?

Article 2: What is Intelligent Spirituality

Article 3: Spirituality is the intimacy of the immediate, not the blaze of the beyond


Editor’s Note: 

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You are the creator of stress

We will do a small experiment right now.

You all will start thinking about your ambitions. Does along with ambition come the thought of possible frustration of ambition; that I may not achieve my targets?

And it becomes stress. Right?

In really living, in being, there is no stress; but in anticipation, in planning, in targeting, in desirous thinking, there is a lot of stress.

Two people have a book of mechanics in their hands. One student is just fully occupied with the book. He is there and the book is there and nothing else is there. And the other is thinking whether this question will appear in the examination; or should I study some other chapter.

Examination is in the future, it is not in the present. And if when he is with the book, he is thinking, he is anticipating the future, then he would be stressed out. There is no stress till you create it. You are the creator of stress. Life is not stress at all. Our mind, our desirous mind thinks it to be so. It makes stress, it creates stress. Do not create stress. Just live.


~ Excerpts from the article, ‘How do I cope with the stress of future?

Read more on ‘Planning for the Future’: Forecasting is one thing and desiring from the future is another