Continuous Stress

Mind lives in knowledge and if there is something that cannot be captured in mind as knowledge, then mind will have to surrender to it. So we all live as if knowledge is most important. We all live as if our well being depends on that which we know and hence we remain tense. We remain eager for information, we remain eager for our well fare. We are never able to relax and let go of this responsibility of fending for ourselves. We continuously burden ourselves with this responsibility.

We say, “Our well being depends on our efforts, our smartness, our intellect and endeavors.” With that burden – which is an immense burden because we know that ultimately we will not be able to take care of ourselves because death beacons, with that impossible responsibility – we live.

The result is a continuous stress.

The only way the mind can relax is by leaving itself to something bigger than itself; something in a bigger dimension than itself.


Further Reading:

The Flying Kiss to the Sky

cover_fksA Flying Kiss to The Sky, is a collection of excerpts from various discourses of Acharya Prashant, arranged in a special order which makes it the ideal first book, for all who want to come close to the facts of their own lives.

The book is divided into three parts, each part helping the reader to appreciate the working of his own mind and hence, the world in more clear and precise terms. Its unique one-page-one-chapter format makes it even more simple. It won’t be wrong to say that it is a book for all: Reader, or non-reader; Professional, or Spiritual.

Paperback: Advait Publications Page

How will you ever know?

One needs to ask,

If man is all the time trying to return, to what he can call as peace, or fulfilment, to completeness, why does he not simply return?

The observation would be quite interesting. It should be easy to return actually; but what if a thousand, a million ways to return have been drilled into the mind?

What if a simple stroll away from the Home becomes a story of getting lost forever? Because having come out, you get confused with the various road signs that you see, and the various advices that you get from the well-wishers, the religious teachers, the community counsellors, the teachers, the academicians, the philosophers.

The centre to which man really belongs is not a possessive centre. It gives man ample freedom to roam about, to wander.

The mind has all the right and all the freedom to project a world, to playfully toy with the world – Leela. So the mind steps outside that great empty centre, just as a sport, but outside what awaits is a long tradition of evolution and experience and scholarship.

When so much of advice is available on how to get peace, how will one ever get peace? When so many people are intent upon telling you what to do with your life?

How will you ever know what to do this moment when you are repeatedly being told, and told, and told, about what Love means, what money means, what work is, what relationships are, what society is, what God is, how will you ever know any of these?


~ Excerpts from the article, ‘What is Religion?