When does one find the final spiritual teacher? || Acharya Prashant (2018)

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Question: Dear Acharya Ji, Pranaam!

I have observed that the mind gets coloured with the subject that I get myself involved into. Firstly it was Osho, Krishnamurti, Adi Shankaracharya, Rumi, and Ashtavkara. And now the subject is you (referring to Acharya Ji).

Ever since I came in touch with you, I feel coloured with you. When will it happen that I will settle down in my real nature, the Source. Where am I going wrong? Where will my search end? What am I missing?

Request for your help.

Acharya Prashant Ji:

You are making a fundamental mistake.

You are treating the Teachers as colour-pots. You are treating them as ‘subjects’, by your own admission.

You say, “I have observed that the mind gets coloured with the subject that I get myself involved with.”

Teachers are not subjects.

You do not read them.

You get read in their light.

Do you get the difference? Please meditate.

You do not read a Teacher, you get read in the light of the Teacher.

You get read.

You read yourself.

If you say that you are using the Teacher to colour yourself, then the basic material is remaining the same. The poor Teacher is just the colour on the surface, and you are stubborn, insistent that you will not allow the Teacher to penetrate deep enough.

Colours do not change the clothes, or do they? Colours do not change the wall, or do they? Colours do not change the car, or do they? You ask that what is the mistake you are making.

This is the mistake that you are making.

You are continuing to have a ‘subject-object’ relationship with the Teacher.

And if you want to remain an ‘object’, it is imperative for you that the Teacher remains a ‘subject’.

And where there is an ‘object’ and there is a ‘subject’, there would always be a distance.

The ‘subject’ and the ‘object’ cannot be one.

They determine each other, they work upon each other, they play with each other, still they maintain a distance between them.

The subject, the object and the distance, all go together.

And as long as there is the distance, how can there be dissolution?

A lump of soil looks into the river and sees it’s own reflection. How does it help? How does it help? The distance is there. The lump of soil is the object, the river is the subject for that object. And all that the object can see is, it’s own reflection.

The distance has to be reduced.

There has to be a Real Contact, a Real Contact.

And then there is dissolution.

Now the lump of soil sees nothing, talks of nothing.

It just flows with the river.

Dissolved, Resolved, Finished.


Don’t read them, get read in their Light.

Light cannot be read.

What are you reading?

Watch the session video: When does one find the final spiritual teacher? || Acharya Prashant (2018) The transcription has been edited for clarity.

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