Loneliness, Hurt, Conflict… || Acharya Prashant (2015)

Your situations are nothing but the consequences of your actions. If your actions change, your situations will also change. And actions must come from realization.

If you act in the way of understanding, you will soon find that the situations around you are changing, the people around you are changing, the places you visit are changing, the things that happen to you are changing.

Why can’t I stop cheating myself? || Acharya Prashant (2015)

Pleasure thrives only when you do not understand it. It gets its sustenance from darkness. You don’t want to kill it; you just want to know it. And to know it, you throw some light upon it and you find that the pleasure is gone. Try that! Next time when you are drawing pleasure from something or somebody or some action, stop and look at it. No, you don’t have to condemn it, not justify it. Just look at it. Look at it and you may find that pleasure is no more.

If others can predict you, others will enslave you || Acharya Prashant (2015)

Desires are bad deals. To get something which is worth five rupees; you trade away something which is worth, Five Crore. To earn bread and butter, you trade away your precious life. To earn a little bit respect and acceptability, you trade away your precious youth. Never say, I have earned something in the world; earning is such an illusion. What you really have, you do not earn and with the world, whatever you get you get through trading, not through earning; it’s just barter.

Why do we choose to suffer silently? || Acharya Prashant (2015)

Why must you be so inconsiderate, so rude? Why do you inflict torture upon torture on yourself; everyday? Many of you, after this session, will go back to places where you will be inflicting torture upon yourself. Don’t you know that? Can’t you change that? What is this slavery? What is this helplessness?

Your first obligation is towards yourself. All other obligation flow from there. If the first is not being met, the other obligation, obviously cannot be met. The first has to be given its proper place. The first is you.