Neither exact, nor perfect; just life, simple and direct || Acharya Prashant (2013)

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Question: Sir, what is the exact way to live life?

Speaker: The question is, ‘what is the exact way to live life?’ Are we right now living inexactly? Is there something wrong right now? Do you want to correct it? What do you mean by exact? What is missing that you want to achieve? What exactness are you running after?

You are asking a question, I am listening, I am responding, then you are listening, this is life. What else is life? What do you mean by an exact life? What do you mean by the exact way? Whatever there is there, right now. There is nothing apart from it. Where will you search for exactness? But I understand why you are asking such a question. You are asking such a question because role models, ideas of perfection, ideals; they have been inserted in your mind. You have been constantly made  to think that there is something missing with this and it can be achieved somewhere else. The right way, the correct way, an exact way lies somewhere. The exact way is this, and this is all that there is.

If you are listening attentively right now, this is exact. This is exactly the way. This is perfection. Absolute perfection, nothing missing in it. Don’t search for anything else. Life is, what is. Sitting over here, what else can be life for you? On Mars, in Canada, under the ocean, where else can be life? When can be life? When you will be forty-five years old or in your memories when you were eight years old? Right now, this, here, this is exact. This is life, there is no alternate life. Do not carry imaginations of perfection, of ideal in your mind. The only perfection is this, the only ideal is right now.

You did the ideal thing. What is that ideal thing that she did? She raised the question. This is the ideal thing, this is the exact thing. Those of us who are filled with notions of something great, somewhere happening, would do well to get rid of those motions. Those of us who keep thinking that there is something missing, they will not find that missing something somewhere else. You will find it here itself. Nowhere else. And here does not refer to this room. It refers to where you are. It refers to your being. It refers to who you are. It refers to your essence. Are you getting it?

Do not keep searching. Do not keep seeking. All searching and seeking invariably takes you away from your self. It will take you to the future, it will make your mind run in imaginations. That will not help. Getting it? We all have dreams. Right? We all have ambitions. They are almost the same as this question, something exact. I will have an exactly good life when my dreams are fulfilled. This, what is right know, is not good enough, not exactly good. It is alright, it is tolerable, but it is not like my dream heaven, my ideal.

Life will be exact, when I will start earning this much. Life will be exact, when I will get medals. Life will be exactly good, when I will have a good house, with a nice husband, two kids and a big car. Right now it is not alright. Right now there is some problem, some inaccuracy, some exactness. Nothing is wrong right now. It is alright, it is beautiful. The exactness is already with you, do not look for it. There is no exact way. In fact, there is no way. This is it and this is exact. You are exact. You are perfect. You are the ideal.

What takes you away from yourself is the thought that time is not good enough. What makes you miserable is the thought that there is something wrong with me. Give up that thought and everything is good. Give up your dreams. Give up the future. Start living. All your dreams arise from a notion that there is something wrong with me, and only when I will achieve my dreams, life will be worth living. Right now there is some problem, so I have a dream for the future. If I am contended right now, will I dream? When you are very happy, are you still dreaming?

You are dreaming the most when you are most unhappy. The one who dreams the most, is the one who suffers the most. Only the one who is deeply dissatisfied keeps dreaming. The more you dream, the more you dissatisfied you become.Your way is good, your way is alright. There is no other way, there is no alternative. Are you getting it? Alright.

Excerpted from a ‘Shabd-Yog’ session. Edited for clarity.

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