Right and wrong

  • “How do you know that ‘this good’ is ‘actually good’? All running after ‘being good’ is running towards hell.”


  • “Right action cannot come from prescription. Right action comes only from the right mind.”


  • “For most of us, patience is just an escape. As we are afraid and confused about the right action, so we end up being ‘patient’.”


  • “The right response is that which bypasses the mind.”

  • “Observation is not meant to comfort you. Observation is not meant to keep you nicely settled in your sofa. Observation will shake you up and that is why people don’t want to observe.Observation enables Right action.Observation must disturb you. It must shake you up into action.”


  • “Anger cannot be right in isolation. If everything else about you is wrong and petty, then anger too is bound to be wrong and petty. Do not be too bothered with the problem of anger. Do not try to look at the one fragment of mind and quarantine it. Whatever is the quality of your life that is also the quality of your anger. When life is genuine, then anger is also genuine. When life is fake, then all you have is fake anger. When life has depth, then anger too has depth. When life is shallow, then anger is mere poking and pinching.”


  • “Only a spiritual mind can know the smallest right decision. That is our tragedy: an irreligious mind cannot take even the smallest decision rightly. His life is just a melancholy tale of an uninterrupted series of tragedies. Only a spiritual mind can take right decision – big or small.”


  • “Reaction versus Response: To know what is the right action, to really know, you must be available. It demands your complete presence. Reaction arises from a part of your mind. There is always a choice involved. So, it keeps varying. Response arises from your totality. In response there is no choice, just the total. Responding doesn’t go right or wrong. It just is. Response is choiceless. There is no alternative.”


  • “What is, JUST IS. That is Tathaata. When you see that, then you are capable of right response.”


  • “The right response is that in which you remain untouched.”


  • “Enjoyment is Excellence. Easy is Right.”


  • “To try to live rightly without caring for the right livelihood is like trying to live healthily without giving up unhealthy food.”


  • “Why do we act blind? Seeing demands action. To act is to risk one’s comfort and attachments. Blindness is our ploy against right action.”


  • “Spirituality is the real smartness. Right decision. Right action. No tension. Everything smooth.”


  • “Meditation has to be continuous. Like breathing. Unflinching, unhindered, constant, still, stable. And it must be a very dynamic and flexible, lively flow of the right response to the moment.”


  • “The right response to the moment is the meditation technique. The right meditation technique can come only from your own meditation.”


  • “What is right action? That which comes out of a joyful remembrance of the Real. Or, from a painful experience of separation from the Real.”


  • “To have faith is to know that nothing ever goes wrong. Faith also knows that nothing ever goes right either. Right, wrong are for faithless.”


  • “Searching for happiness at the wrong place.”


  • “To be goal-less means to live in deep realisation that nothing is wrong with you, you are complete. So, before you chase your goals, become goal-less. When you succeed, laugh, and when you fail, laugh even more. Let not spirituality become a refuge for you – a shelter against the incapability to chase goals.”


  • “To the goal-oriented mind; To the go-getter: Why are you trying to cure yourself of a disease you don’t have? Just chill. Nothing’s wrong.”


  • “Right action is its own reward; wrong action is its own punishment.”


  • “Playing is the only right expression of energy. Right action is always playful. When action arises from the right centre, then you don’t strive, you play. Let your energy be expressed in playful Love.”


  • “Right thought is the one that immediately tells you that thought is inadequate.”


  • “When you’re fighting the wrong battle, victory is worse than defeat. When you’re fighting the right battle, victory and defeat don’t matter.”


  • “The right action always looks strange, the wrong action always looks known.”


  • “Marry God – that is the only right relationship.Be wedded to God.Be fully committed to the Truth.”


  • “You must already be in meditation so that you know the right method of meditation. The method cannot come first, meditation comes first.”


  • “Get That! Get that ‘right’ thing – which we are calling as a ‘thing’ for want of a better word.
    Maybe, it is so attractive, so enamouring that you will be helpless in front of it, that you will be unable to prevent yourself from concentrating, that even concentration will become a meek word.
    Then what do we call it?
    Then we call it submersion.
    Then we call it sublimation.
    Then concentration is such a petty word that we don’t even use it.
    And then in that state, whatever you do, you won’t need to concentrate.”


  • “Right life is not possible without right livelihood.”


  • “What is a right action?
    A right action is that which comes from actually nowhere.
    Just happens.
    And therefore, it is fresh.
    And therefore it does not need the assistance of past.”


  • “The really good comes to you from very unknown place. It does not come because you called it. It does not come because you drafted it. It does not come because you had anything to do with it.
    The really good, the right action, meeting the wise one, entering the True – that happens on its own.
    On its own, and is prepared to happen all the time, provided – you do not become an authority on your own; provided – you do not become the judge; provided – you do not become the decision–maker and the actor.”


  • “Because you have been surrendered, because you have been moving as one with existence, only the right things will happen through you.
    You won’t even have to try to be an agent of change.
    Your very presence will cause the right change all around you.”


  • “When you work without a target, then the intensity is just right.”


  • “Go there, be there and that’s it.
    Your presence is sufficient.
    You will automatically do the right thing, by just being.”


  • “Know the right action – that is Gyana (knowledge), and then plunge into it, with all your Faith – that is Bhakti (devotion).”


  • “The right action happens voicelessly. It comes from nowhere, it goes into nowhere. You don’t even know that you have acted.”


  • “If I understand things fully and let the right action happen today, then my mind will not wander into hopes of tomorrow.
    It will be completely occupied with the great possibility of this moment, of what is to be done.”


  • “To understand the ego is also to get rid of the ego. To get rid of the ego is to find yourself out and become a free man. And only a free man takes right decisions in life, with respect to livelihood, with respect to every small thing he or she does day in and day out. The quality of your mind determines the quality of your life. The freedom of your mind is the freedom of your life.”


  • “This is the right moment. And this is the right point.
    Wherever you are, is the gate.
    There can be no bad time to do that only thing that deserves to be done. For all your worldly affairs, there are right times and wrong times, opportune moments and inopportune moments. For wisdom, how can there be any inopportune moment? Let the First be the first. Take care of That, and then do whatever you want to do.”


  • “The more you are able to remove yourself, the more right will your choices be.
    The more there is the presence of you in your choices, the more is the guarantee that your choices will be the wrong choice.”


  • “You want to live rightly, then know what is Important and take care only of that.”


  • “If you’re not able to look rightly, then how would you even look rightly even for that which will enable you to look rightly.”


  • “It is important to know what the rightful place of thought is, and beyond that point thought must not be exercised.”


  • “Right action happens causelessly. It comes from nowhere. It goes nowhere.”


  • “Observation does not mean that you are obliged to set things right.”


  • “In awareness, your decisions come from nowhere and they are right and wrong for nobody.”


  • “Attachment is neither right nor wrong. Attachment is when you know attachment is.”


  • “The right teacher disappoints you because he gives you nothing.”


  • “The right teaching helps you forget.”


  • “The mind asks, “How do I know if my action is right?”
    It never asks, ‘Am I right?’”


  • “Face your fears right now.
    Tremble. Shiver. And die.”


  • “No right time ever comes because the right time is right now.This is the only right time.”


    ›‘To be a father or a mother is not something physical. It is about not only giving a body but also taking the child to That, beyond the body.’
    ›‘As a parent, if you cannot take the child beyond the body, then you have only given birth to a lifetime of bodily torture.’”


  • “If you are really acting, then thoughts will keep going down and down and down. As action becomes vigorous, thoughts get subdued. It is only with a calm mind that one can enter into right and energetic action.”


  • “Don’t hold yourself back.

    When you want to hug someone, hug fully. When you want to cry, cry your heart out.

    And then see the magic.

    It is only because you leave residues, that there is something left over, that there is something waiting to be done.

    Don’t leave residues. Complete the whole thing. Complete it.

    When the night is beautiful, complete the night.

    When the moment is right, be completely in the moment.

    Don’t leave things undone.”


  • “Life is right now, everything else is an imagination.”


  • “When you’re fighting the wrong battle, victory is worse than defeat. When you’re fighting the right battle, victory and defeat don’t matter.”


  • “The mind spares nothing. It either likes or dislikes. The intensity of like and the intensity of dislike may vary. But the mind is never really neutral about anything. It has to label everything as positive or negative.”


  • “Ego is the one who looks for the right thing but always at the wrong places.”


  • “Arjuna is nothing but a flow of thoughts. Krishna is an inviting stillness. Till the time thoughts keep flowing you will try to be your own master. Till the time you want to live life based on your planning, you will never be able to know the right action for you because the right action cannot come from planning. The right action cannot come from the memories of the past or fear or hope of the future.”


  • “No scripture will ever tell you, “What is the right action for you.” No commandment will ever tell you the right action for you because life is dynamic, it is constantly moving. How many times will you refer to an instruction manual? Every second, that decision is needed. Every moment is new and fresh and it demands a new response from you. Will you keep referring to a scripture? You must have an awakened intelligence within which will help you decide what to do. In fact, that decision will not be decision at all because all decision involves the use of mind and thought.”


  • ” When you don’t feel good about yourself, then you have a lot of hope. Hope is an indicator that things are terribly wrong.”


  • “Living rightly is not a matter of set principles or images. It is easier and more useful to ask what is living wrongly. Just be alert and sensitive to living wrongly and that is sufficient.”


  • “Strike out whatever is wrong, be intolerant towards whatever is obviously wrong and the right is available at all times.”


  • “You have no obligation to be proven right in the eyes of society.”


  • “Wrong action comes from one’s own personal priorities, likes and dislikes, choices and preferences. From there, whatever comes is the wrong action. Whatever you decide and do for yourself, even with the best of intentions, is the improper action. When you step back and let life function through you, that is the right action. When you step back and let your personal priorities be subservient to something far bigger than yourself, then that is the right action.”


  • “Forget right action, be cautious of the wrong action.”


  • “The right action always looks strange, the wrong action always looks known.”


  • “When you are living rightly, only then you get the license to poke your nose; only then you get the license to not to tolerate.”


These quotes have come from talks and writings of Acharya Prashant

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