Now, what is the question of ‘right’ and ‘wrong?’ Can there be a right choice when the whole background, the entire environment itself is ‘wrong’ and ‘false?’ You have only one option, reject everything. Neither A nor B nor C nor D, nothing, reject everything. Then that which is indispensable will come to you. The right choice comes to you on its own, and you don’t have to pursue it. But the right cannot come to you till you are occupied with the ‘wrongs.’
First of all, reject the very center, don’t reject the food item. Reject the servant itself. When you rejected the servant, you rejected all the choices that the servant presents to you.
All the choices that come to you come from the mind. Reject them.
When you follow even without understanding, that is Surrender.
That is what Surrender is. You do not know what the whole thing is about and yet there is something that tells you, to just go along with it.
AP: You have a beautiful body; how will you use it to make people come to you?
L: Display it.
AP: Now look at Mahavir and Lalla. If you want people to listen to you, they must first of all be present in front of you. Why not attract them this way?
Stories have no use, in fact, those stories must be dropped, after a point. After a point, if you are really wise, you will see the foolishness and the falseness of those stories.
L: Why are Miracles added to all the stories?
AP: We need them.
Otherwise, who would believe in poor Jesus.
Read the complete article: Acharya Prashant on a Sufi story: The obvious falseness of our stories
The subtle can be perceived only by the subtle.
We talk as if miracles happen sometimes. ‘Time’ itself is a miracle.
To believe in miracles is to believe in your personal helplessness. To believe in miracles is to accept that the center of doing is not you, that what is happening is not really your accomplishment.
The miracle tells you that neither have you done it nor do you understand what has been done that is too much for the ego.
You will never be very open to believing in miracles. To believe in miracles is to believe in grace. ‘Grace’ is a miracle. To believe in miracles is to believe in love, truth. You would much rather believe in yourself; Love, truth, grace, they obliterate you. The work of God is miraculous. The work of God is not something that the human mind can make sense of, and that is a miracle. But as we just said, if you cannot make sense of something you feel humiliated. There is another mind that feels delighted when he sees something of the beyond happening. He has faith.
The very existence of Jesus is a miracle. No other miracle is needed.
Life is nothing but a series of great miracles.
The very existence of the Jesus is a miracle. Obviously, everything that happens through him is bound to be a miracle.
Read the complete article: Acharya Prashant on Jesus – What does it take to believe in miracles
Grace might be falling freely, but you are not in a position to receive it because you are confined with the limits of the person; and the person does not know Hindi. Hence you require a medium on the outside that tally’s with; who is conducive to, who matches with the requirements of your personality.
In such a case, the master, also needs to be a person. Because you cannot hear walls speak. The wall is as open a book as the Upanishads. But you cannot hear the walls speak. Because you are a person, you only need a person speak. In such case, you require that grace appears in front of you like a person.
Otherwise, the master is really not a person. And the more you advance, the more your person-hood is dissolved, the more you see, you do not need a person in front of you. In fact, the shape of the master will change according to your shape! As long as you are one type of a person, you will find that the teacher is of one type. The more your constitution, your personality changes; you will find the personality of the teacher is also changing. In fact, the teacher has no definite personality. His personality is just a veneer that he has put up in order to assist you.
You change; you will find him changing. When you are moving out of your persona, you will find the teacher is also moving out of your persona. That is why the teacher is bound to disappear one day. He appears only in forms that are useful to you. The moment that utility is exhausted, he is done.
Read complete article: The Guru is not a person
You must also learn to feel safe.
You must feel assured of your security.
Don’t give energy to thoughts that make you feel small, petty, vulnerable, exposed, and insecure.
Things are good. Alright.
You are not in an alien land. This is your home, don’t tremble so much.
Stretch your arms and feel the earth.
See it is not really shaking, it is holding you in her lap.
Nobody is conspiring against you.
There is no need to fear.
There is no need to run helter-skelter for security.
There is no need to hate yourself so much.
It does not matter whether you are standing in the middle of the room, or at the edge of the room.
You are still standing within the room.
All your efforts, all your movements, are limited to the boundary of the room.
You cannot breach that boundary on your own.
So, bow down in prayer.
You will have to give yourself up.
The Teacher does not speak to confuse you.
He has no interest in throwing riddles around.
He wants to help you. So he has said something.
His words are like the Truth – direct, obvious and simple.
But to a complicated mind, the obvious and the simple makes no sense.
To a complicated mind, the obvious and the simple becomes a great puzzle.
Insight does not really correspond to any of your mental models.
Grace does not give you something that you can nicely lay down in a structured form.
When it strikes you, it’s a total striking.
You come to know everything, all at once.
The knowing, the dropping, the realization, and the action—they all happen together.
You will never own up your mistakes.
You will be brought to a point where you will have no option but to see that you have been an idiot.
You will be left option-less.
Till the time you have an option, you will exercise it.
Till the time you have an option, you will only choose the ego because only the ego has options.
What else will you choose?
Willingly, it is never going to happen.
And those for whom it is happening willingly, it is not really happening.
If it is happening willingly for you, then it is not really happening.
Then it means that it is a part of your internal conspiracy.