Fear is the primary motivator of the normal human being || Acharya Prashant (2015)

Question: Is actual motivation, to do anything, beyond reason?

If we were very sure about death, there would be no motivation to do anything. Does it mean that motivation to do anything comes from somewhere beyond? Nobody is so sure that they are going to die, that is why they keep on moving.

Speaker: You look at every single movement that you make, is it not in order to preserve something, to hold on to something? Is it not driven by fear? What other fear do you have? Is there any other source of energy that a so-called normal human being has, except fear? Is there any other primary motivator, except fear? Fear – “I will lose something.”

Nothing drives us more strongly than the thought that – something is at stake, something is about to be lost. It is death casting its shadow in various forms. That is what drives us.

“Do this, or you lose this.”

“Do this, and you gain this.”

Except these two statements, is there anything else that can make you do anything?

“Do this to protect what you already have.” Or, “Do this, to gain a little more.”


All self-centered energy, is essentially the energy of death. Death driving you, death motivating you, death making you dance to its own morbid tunes.

What is Death? The thought of, the self coming to an end. That is death, not really physical, because nobody has ever seen his own physical death. Death is the thought of, self coming to an end.

The thought that – thinking, identification, and the whole world that has been constructed by thought, would be no more. This is death. And see how strongly it drives you.

There is no other motivator of the normal human being, except fear.

~ Excerpts from a Shabd-Yog session. Edited for clarity.

Watch the session at: Fear is the primary motivator of the normal human being

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

Or, call the Foundation at 9650585100, or write to requests@advait.org.in

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 is a quote that I like,

    ” If you don’t have something that you’re willing to die for, you aren’t fit to live”

    I think that this quote is fittting between life and death, so we can live our life to its fullest.

    Thanks for the beautiful post, BTW.


    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 requests@prashantadvait.com 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 requests@prashantadvait.com, 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 requests@prashantadvait.com 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 requests@prashantadvait.com 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 requests@prashantadvait.com 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: requests@prashantadvait.com 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:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com 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