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Acharya Prashant: The question is how do I fill this stomach if I don’t have an ‘ego’?
Firstly, you must see that you are deeply afraid. You are deeply afraid that if you don’t follow the orders of this ‘other’, that that other could be society, friends, family, corporations, the entire trend of career making. You are deeply afraid that If you don’t follow ‘that’ then you will end up starving. You won’t have enough eat.
Now, is this fear yours?
Even, this fear has been instinct to your mind by ‘that’ other. Don’t you see how cunning that other is? He repeatedly tells you that unless you become my slave, you will starve. But is that the Truth?
Is that the Truth?
Would you really starve if you don’t toe the others line? If you don’t develop an ego, that is If you don’t develop a sense of ‘Self’ dependent upon the other. You won’t.
I Invite you to find out whether you would really starve. The world will always have enough for you to eat. You won’t starve but you may not be able to fulfill these ambitions.
The funny part is even the ambition has been given to you by outside. So there is nothing lost if you can’t fulfill it. You don’t lose anything at all if you don’t meet your ambitions. Remember, there will always be enough to meet your needs. And a free man will always find enough to meet his needs. Because his needs are always so small.
You don’t need too much but yes, your ambitions depend upon your subservience to the society.
Needs don’t make you a slave, ambitions make you a slave.
Is this clear? Needs don’t make you slave because your needs are not much. Ambitions make you a slave. Because only the society can fulfill your ambitions. Only the society can certify that now you are successful. Now, we are giving you a batch of honor. Now, we are giving you such and such awards under conditions. Now, we are saying, you know, he has the biggest bungalow and the biggest car so he is the most respectful man. That the society can give you.
This is an imaginary fear drilled deep into your mind by the society that if you don’t follow us, you will starve. No, you won’t starve. Please rest assured, you won’t sleep on an empty stomach. And even if you have to sleep on an empty stomach, it’s alright for a few days.
You are young, that’s too little, too small price to pay for freedom.
Sleep on an empty stomach for a few days, it’s alright. You won’t die.
Watch Full Discourse: Acharya Prashant, with students: Will living without ego cause one to starve? The transcription has been edited for clarity.
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