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Look at your actions, they will tell you of your real intentions.

If you just look at how we behave, react, respond – these little things, then you will know what is lurking within, what is trying to hide.

That is why facts are important. See where you spend your time that will tell your time. See where you spend your money that will tell of your intention. Money is a very important indicator. See where you spend your money and where you do not spend your money. See where you want to cut corners and see where you want to be lavish.

See where somebody spending his time. These are the two things that you very greatly valued. Don’t you? Money, time and if you come with little more observant, see what is going on in your mind. See, what circulates your mind that will tell you of your intention.

Actions! Actions! Actions! Look at your actions. Don’t look at the intentions, you avow.  Don’t look at the intention you claim and profess. Look at your actions, they will tell you of your real intentions. Otherwise we all carry professed intentions. They are hollow claims. Your actions, your thoughts, they tell you of where you are really headed to, what you really want to do.

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To know your intentions, watch your actions


Listener: Also we did this play on –‘What is the intention?’  What is the intention? So we live in more of conscious. Right! So we can figure out some conscious things.

Acharya Prashant: From the conscious you will know the sub-conscious, the unconscious, everything. What else is the function of the root, it shows up as the fruit. So go and look at the fruit and you will know the root. Fruit is nothing but an extension of the root. So, if you can look at the conscious, you will find that it is just an extension of the unconscious.

The conscious mind is only an expression of the unconscious mind. It is not different. If you are not careful enough, you will start saying the fruit is different from the root. They are not different. They are organically linked. Continue reading

How to know the subconscious mind?


Acharya Prashant: What is it that is lying hidden but waiting to come out?

Listener: Subconscious.

AP: And what is there?

L: That which is not in conscious.

AP: (Smiles) and are they two related?

L: Yes.

AP: So, the conscious is talking of the subconscious, at least that much relation is there. What does the conscious mind know of the subconscious?

L: Unpredictability, only the feelings and characters.

AP: What lies there in the subconscious? Continue reading

What is karma? Does the subconscious exist?


Questioner: What is karma? Does the subconscious exist?

Acharya Prashant: Yes, they exist. They play their own game. You are talking about karma. The ball goes up, the ball comes down. But when the ball goes up, you are still free; and when the ball comes down, you are equally free. The ball is coming down because it went up. The whole cause and effect chain is playing out. That is the law of karma. But does it make any difference to you whether the ball goes up or comes down?

Everything that is material, everything that can be conceptualized, is bound to follow a cause-effect chain. Let the material follow that. You are not material. If you exercised hard yesterday or ran around a lot, today you will experience some pain in the body. You are getting the fruits of your karma. But let the body ache. You must not become sick.

You retain your inner health in the middle of all aches and sicknesses.

Let the fruits of karma be for the one who was the doer of the karma.

Let the doer experience the fruits of the doing.

You are neither the doer, nor are you obliged to experience and bear the results of the doing.

Na karta, na bhokta—Neither was I the one who was doing it nor am I the one who will take the consequences.

When it was being done, I was there, but not as the doer. And when its results are showing up in time, I am still there but not as the experiencer of results. Let the mind bear the results, let the body bear the results, let the inner universe bear the results, I am free of all that, I relax.

Doing everything, who was I? The relaxed one. In the middle of all the results of the actions, who am I? The relaxed one. So am I really experiencing any change because of karma? No. Now karma doesn’t matter. Are you getting it?

If you act as the doer, then you will have to live into the future to bear the fruits of the doing.

Then you will have to create time for yourself. If you reap, then you surely have sown in the past. Without having sown, you cannot reap. And today if you plant a tree with the expectation that one day it will give you fruits, then remember that along with the tree, you too will have to live to the day when the fruits come. You are preventing your dissolution. You are unnecessarily stretching yourself into time.

If you plan for tomorrow, don’t you see you will have to exist till tomorrow? And is it any fun existing as the planner, as the doer, the desirous one? If you exist till tomorrow as the desirous one, what is the quality of your existence? How does a desirous one keep feeling? Contented? Restful? Joyful? How does he feel? He feels like a man with his hand chopped off. Incomplete, awaiting completion, and suffering in the incompletion.

Why do you want to continue into the future as the doer, as the desirous one?

This is about actions that you undertake today. Kindly do not enter into any action with expectation or with fear, fear is just another kind of expectation. You will only be burdening yourself with karma. And as far as the actions, the deeds of the past are concerned, please dis-identify with the doer of those deeds. Let that doer die.

Now, who remains to bear the consequences?

You may have committed the most foul of acts in the past, but who can come to punish you if you have died? Who will come to punish you? Will you get punishment if you are already dead? But if you remain the one who committed those acts, then you will have to bear the punishment for those acts.

So, be totally free of the past, and have no eye on the future. Which means that now you get all the freedom to play around with past and future. Because they are meaningless to you, they are harmless, they are like jokes now. So you can indulge in them. That’s the great thing about not wanting anything—when you don’t want anything, you can play around with everything.

The one who has no stake in the past, can now go into memories, wallow in memories, bathe in memories, and study all history, without getting influenced. And the one who has no expectations, or fear from the future, can now speculate, project, imagine, without letting the future overwhelm him.

Only the one who is deeply surrendered to the present, gets the rights to be the master of the past and the future.

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

Watch the session: Acharya Prashant: What is Karma? Does the subconscious exist?

Read more articles on this topic:

Article 1: For real action, let the Real act on your behalf

Article 2: How can I ‘understand’ non-doership

Article 3: Karma, Aatma, Rebirth

Editor’s Note: 

Books by Acharya Prashant are available on AMAZON:



The Language of Emotions


Question: Is getting devoid of all emotions a part of feeling contented?

Acharya Prashant: Can you do that?

Why must we give importance to hypothetical questions? Can you really get rid of all emotions? And if you do, would that person be the same as this one? And if not, then why must this person ask an imaginary question about that person?

You live in emotions. What makes you so afraid or resentful of emotions? Do you even know what they are? A letter comes to you, in some alien language, would you tear it up and throw it away, because you cannot comprehend the language? Do you know French?

(Pointing to some other listener) You write a letter to him in French, what is he to do?
“Oh! French! I don’t know this language.” (Gestures of the letter being torn)

Do you know the language of emotions? Do you know what they are telling you? Why don’t you read their language? Why don’t you listen to what the mind is saying through emotions? Why do you want to dismiss all emotions? I am not saying patronize emotions. I am just saying, first of all, know what something is, before doing anything about it. And is that not simply obvious?

What are emotions? 

It’s an intense wave in the mind, powerful enough to have physical signs. 

A little bit of disturbance in the mind, you call it anger or irritation; seismic waves in the mind! And your cheeks flush and your body starts shivering and then you say you are getting emotional, right? From where is the emotion drawing its energy? What is contained in your subconscious? Are emotions not a beautiful opportunity to learn from your mind?

Don’t you want to know, why you got furious? Don’t you want to see, what saddens you so much? We cannot often read the subtle language of the mind.

Emotions are gross, you cannot miss them; thoughts can be missed. Faint signs can be missed; emotions cannot be missed. You are weeping, you are crying hoarse—it’s impossible to miss. Or you are beating somebody up. Now, neither you nor that person can miss what is happening. If you miss, it will pain a lot.

So, emotions are a good opportunity, they speak very loudly—listen to them. And by listening to them, I do not mean, again, patronize them. I do not mean that you must supply more energy to them. I do not mean that you must take them as the Truth. Of course, they are mental activity, but whatever they are, they tell something about the state of the mind.

Why not read the letter? Rather than asking questions like “Who am I?”, if you just pay attention to how you are behaving, how emotions are rising within you, you will see you know already everything about who you are.

Through your personality, nothing but the Truth expresses itself.

If you have any dislike for yourself, then you are disliking the Truth.

That does not mean that you must like yourself.

Not disliking is sufficient.

There is hardly anybody who really likes himself. We are just too full of contempt towards ourselves. Even the ones who are called as narcissists are really self-negators like everybody else.

See what is going on without condemnation, without feeling the need to correct it.

There is nothing random that is going on.

All the happening is rooted in you, to know the happening is to know oneself.

.. From the book, ‘The Beautiful Heart’ by Acharya Prashant ..


This book takes you very close to the ever existing notion that says: Mind and Heart- Twain shall never meet! And if that be the case, how does a man get rid of this restless feeling of being torn between the mind and the heart.

Author has extended an invitation through this book to come close to the beautiful heart of yours and see how enchanting it is to live by it. His words, poetic in nature, will take you to the peace that one craves for all the time.

Many a times, he also expounds on the mystical verses of Kahlil Gibran, Hafiz, Rumi and many other sufi mystics, and helps us to go close to their sublime meaning without getting into any complexity, bringing the mind at ease, to it’s essential nature.

The Beautiful Heart, a paragon, will introduce you to an extremely different way of living, not professed by many before; a way that is far away from calculations and manipulations and cautious, fearful steps that is conditioned into us since childhood. Living by the Heart is a harmonious way of living.

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Conscious or Sub-Conscious, noise is just noise

  • The subconscious constantly keeps on doing things, it is a store of this and that – experiences, right? But because it is coming from a place little far away in time, memory may not be able to recall from where is the thought coming. Because thought interprets thought.
  • You may totally fail to register that you are thinking anything because even to say that I am thinking something, you need to tell – what are you thinking? If the thought is really absurd, you can’t even claim that you are thinking.
  • It’s like there are waves in this room, but the waves are all forty thousand hertz and above. So there are waves, but we cannot claim that there are waves because they are outside the limits of our interpretation.(In context of the fact that human ear is capable of hearing sound waves below twenty thousand hertz only.)

There is no fundamental difference between unconscious and conscious.

When you come to the point of understanding, all waves disappear.


  • When you are quite alert, then you can always sense the background noise. You may not be able to interpret it, but you know that it is present. What would happen is that it will keep getting dissolved.
  • What is present as a problem today in the mind, and you are thinking about it, if not resolved, then it will be replaced by a new problem and the old problem , the old complex, will receive it into the background. But of course, it has not gone away. It has just gone to the background and it will become the subconscious.
  • The subconscious will not be happy with mere arguments. It wants real dissolution.
  • We should be careful about the subconscious mind because it can disillusion us in knowing that we understand what we think, and ‘I know my mind’.
  • With subconscious, a certain humility remains that you do not understand your mind.The mind tells you one thing in words and hide ten other things through constant buzzing. That is why it is necessary to understand the subconscious mind, otherwise, there is nothing much special about the subconscious mind.

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