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Question: Acharya Ji, if I want to understand anything like – anger,or any other emotion, first that I do is, that I search for your videos on these topics, and I listen to them, to understand. But, I am not sure that it is my original knowledge, or I am depending on you.
Acharya Prashant Ji: You can surf the internet, look at various definitions, look at the scriptures, look at all kinds of wisdom texts, to remove yourself.
Not to learn something, but to unlearn something.
So, when you say that you search for ‘anger’, on internet, is it that you are totally innocent of the word ‘anger’? Are you? You already have, big stories, about the word ‘anger’. Now, if you gain further knowledge, to cut through your pre-existing knowledge, then it is alright.
If there is something, that the internet can teach you about ‘anger’, that helps you, puncture your own concepts about ‘anger’, then it is wonderful. But, do not assume, that the internet, or books, or anybody, can really teach what ‘anger’ affirmatively is.
That you will have to see, on your own.
And that does not require much doing, because ‘anger’ is very close to us. And we are very suitably placed to look at ‘anger’. Are we not?
There is ‘anger’, and who am I? The angry one. So, who will know anger?
Of what use then, is wisdom literature?
It helps you remove, what you already know. It has a negative function.
And that is, it’s utility – that it has a negative function.
When I say, “Negative,” I do not mean – bad.
I mean – it has a cleansing effect.
When I say, “It has a negative function,” I mean – it negates. It reduces, it cleanses. It removes.
That which you are already occupied with.
Excerpted from a ‘Shabd-Yog’ session. Edited for clarity.
Watch the session: Why to listen to a Teacher? || Acharya Prashant (2019)
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