An individual is one whose desires are his own || Acharya Prashant (2013)

To personally meet or connect with Acharya Prashant: click here.

Speaker: There is this water-bottle over there. Can you estimate the number of water molecules in this?

Listeners (everyone): No, Sir.

Speaker: One mole of water has how much grams of water?

Listener 1: Eighteen grams of water.

Speaker: This water-bottle has not less than four grams of water. So, you can estimate the enormous number of molecules present in the bottle. What is happening inside? What is the typical r.m.s. velocity at the room temperature and normal atmospheric pressure?

It is of the order of hundreds of meters per second. Right? So much of the movement is taking place there. Look at any individual molecule. What is it doing? A three-dimensional random movement. Correct. Why cannot that molecule move in one particular direction and keep moving in that direction? Why?

Listener 2: There is a disturbance, an obstruction.

Speaker: Obstructed by whom?

Listener 3: By others.

Speaker: Others.

Listener 4: And the wall of the container.

Speaker: The wall of the container. So, it moves in one particular direction, and when any other molecule hits it, there is a transfer of momentum and it starts moving in some other direction. It then again moves in another direction, another molecule comes and hits it, and it changes its track. The result is that despite an enormous distance that every molecule is covering, if it is moving at two hundred meter per seconds, then in one minute it has covered many kilometers, but despite this, the net displacement is zero. All the molecules have covered a great distance inside this bottle, but the net displacement is zero, close to zero. Why cannot the molecules reach anywhere?

Listener 1: Sir, because they have no desire to reach anywhere.

Speaker: Let me say that it has a great desire to move in one direction. Something happens and the desire changes. How many of you find that you take a resolution and that resolution very soon comes to an end. ‘I resolve to start going to gym, it is my new year resolution.’ There is a beautiful study in the United States about the longevity of new year resolutions. The study says that the average resolution lasts for on an average only 7.8 days. Why does it happen with us that we become greatly desirous, then we go out for something, and very soon it settles down. We have great plans that we will do this and that, and by the time next year comes, we say that we want to leave it. The plan could be of anything. It can be visiting a gym, preparing for the an exam, preparing to join dance classes. But our resolutions do not really materialize. Why?

Listener 2: Because they all purely arise from thought.

Speaker: You see, you have a resolution, you are moving in one direction and then the ‘father’ molecule comes and strikes you, and you change your track. You are going in this direction, and then another molecule comes, and you change your track. You are going in that direction and the ‘media’ molecule comes, you read something on the internet, in the newspaper, and the track changes once more. And then another one, and another one.

Had the molecules been like you, they would have said that it is ‘my’ desire to move in this particular direction. Are our desires really ours or they are just the result of transfer of momentum, that somebody is putting these desires into us and we are moving after them thinking them as ‘my’ desire, till somebody comes and strikes us again?

Had these really been your desires, how is it possible that they would change? Had these really been your desires, how is it possible that new desires would come? After all you are one, not many. Correct? There is a constancy in you. If there is constancy in you, how can there be no constancy in your desire? Surely, these desires are not yours at all. Surely these desires are coming into the mind as the impact of somebody else.

Someone comes to you and puts a desire in your mind and you think that these desire are all your desires. This is the reason why these desires never really reach completion, these desires are never materialized. That is why there are not one, but infinite number of desires. As the time changes, desires change because you are bombarded by other molecules .

The individual is one whose desires are his own.

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

Watch the session video: An individual is one whose desires are his own || Acharya Prashant (2013)

To personally meet or connect with Acharya Prashant: click here.

Or, call the Foundation at 9650585100, or write to

Support Acharya Prashant’s work:

  • Donate via Patreon: Become a Patron!
  • Donate via PayTm @ +91-9999102998
  • Donate via PayPal:

    (In multiples of $5)



    1. There are various opportunities to connect to and meet Acharya Prashant. These are:

      1. Meet the Master:

      Meet the Master program is rare opportunity to meet Acharya Prashant personally, either physically or online. To meet the Master, send your application, write to or contact: Ms. Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917.

      2. Advait Learning Camps:

      Advait Learning Camps are monthly retreats organized under Acharya Prashant’s guidance. These camps are about spending four days and three nights in the lap of nature, while reading, reflecting, learning and evolving. So far, scores of ALCs have been organised in places like Rishikesh, Mukteshwar, Jim Corbett National Park, Chopta, KainchiDham, etc.
      Additionally, we organize dedicated bonding camps for kids and parents. To participate in the camp, write an e-mail to, or call: Sh. Anshu Sharma at +91-8376055661.

      3. Course in Realization:

      Course in Realization, a classroom-based learning program led by Acharya Prashant, is an initiative towards disseminating clarity and intelligence in the world. In this course, a rigorous study of a scripture or a saint is undertaken each month.
      To join in, send your application, write to or contact: Sh. Apaar: +91-9818591240

      4. Month of Awakening:

      For those who cannot attend sessions physically, the foundation does online streaming of few selected sessions via Skype or Webinar. Known as Month of Awakening, this facility offers live streaming of sessions and helps seekers listen to Acharya-Ji while being where they are.
      To receive the blessing, send your application to or contact: Ms. Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

      5. Blessings from Beyond:

      Weekends with Acharya Prashant brings you the unique opportunity for a 2 day 2 night stay with the Master every month at Advait Ashram, Greater Noida. The getaway involves two mystical days of dynamic activities, explorations of the self, sports, meditative reading, deep reflections, midnight walks and more.
      To get a taste of the beyond, register yourself at or contact Ms. Anu Batra:+91-9555554772

      6. Triyog:

      Daily morning 2 hour Yog feast for your total well-being. Comprising of
      Hatha Yog, Bhakti Yog and Gyan Yog.

      Send your application, write to: Or to register: Contact: Shri Kundan Singh: +91-9999102998
      Venue: Advait Bodhsthal, Greater Noida, India.

      This reply comes to you from volunteers of PrashantAdvait Foundation who maintain this channel.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s