What makes life worthy? || Acharya Prashant (2013)

  • We are alive and this is where and when we are alive. Hence, life is a very straight-forward matter, it’s so simple that we can miss it. And so simple that we feel like complicating it. This is life. You’re sitting over here, this is life.

“What makes life worthy?”

  • The quality of this moment decides the quality of life. If this is life, then the worthiness of this moment is the worthiness of life.
  • If life is this moment, and this moment has its peculiar, new, fresh, demanding challenges, then you must be there,on the chair to answer the challenge. What does it mean to be on the chair? It does not mean that you have brought your physical body to the chair and kept it there. It means that you are well and truly there. And that is the worthiness of life. To be well and truly in it.
  • Life is a far more clever question-setter. It does not give you questions that have been asked in the previous years. It always gives you new questions. Those who live by memory, those who live by tradition will not get good marks in the exam of life.

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  • But what do we do? The question paper has come and I don’t want to apply myself fully in it. I say, “I already know the answers. Previous year such a question was asked and my seniors wrote those kind of answers. So, this too must be a similar question. And let me just repeat the answers my seniors have been writing.” And those seniors include an entire variety of people. When you feel inferior, then everybody else becomes senior.
  • Assuming that this is the same question that has been asked since centuries, do you see that your answer will then not be worthy? Do you see that?
  • Your presence. Your being well and truly into it. That is what decides the worthiness of life.
  • But that worthiness is not really life’s worthiness. It is your worthiness. So don’t ask, “What makes life worthy?” Ask, “What makes me worthy?” If you are worthy, then life is worthy. And worthiness requires the courage to look at things very, very afresh, to not to depend so much on memory but instead work in attention, instead work in presence.
  • If you’re listening to me right now and still utilizing memory, then it would be very difficult for you to get what I am saying, to really connect, to really be present along with me because memory is still functioning. Memory is substituting for your presence.
  • To really live a worthy life requires one to be fearless. Only a fearless man will not need unnecessary support of the past. The man who is afraid always relies on the crutches of the past. You do not need to do that.

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

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