On Khalil Gibran: Hidden tendencies have great power; but power of Truth is greater || Acharya Prashant (2015)

Your very incompleteness expresses itself in the form of your body that is why the scriptures say that only incompletenesses are born. What is born in the form of a baby is nothing but incompletenesses; they say only desires are born, only desires are born, nothing else. And that is why that which is born is desirous since the first moment, since the first moment it is desirous—that body. And it spends its entire life just trying to fulfill those desires.
The weak and feeble and teary I – ‘aham vritti’ turns out to be so strong that it controls the entire life of the mortal ‘jeeva’. What is ‘aham vritti’? What is it? It’s a crying mass, weeping, weeping all the time — give me a partner, give me a sense of meaning, give me completion, give me wholeness. Such a pitiable thing, this I am is. But don’t consider it weak because this pitiable thing is running the entire world. Your entire life, this entire universe is being run by this pitiable thing.
You look at all the movement that you see in the world. What is that movement for? Anybody who is moving in the streets, anybody who is erecting a new building, anybody who is expanding his business. What actually is he trying to do? He is trying to gain some kind of mental completion, mental fulfillment that weak sense of ‘I am’ is trying to complete the circle. That weakness is this grand world. Never underestimate it.

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Once you have reached the destination, you can begin the journey || Acharya Prashant (2015)

Khalil Gibran is saying “Only when you have reached the mountain top, you can begin to climb”. These words befuddle us. We do not know what they mean. It is for precisely this reason, that we are attracted towards them. These words seem to violate the normal laws of cause and effect, of sequence and duration.

At the Center, the Guru, Maya, and you, are all One and Nothing || Acharya Prashant (2015)

Silence is not your doing.
Silence is to leave all security.
Silence is to live without any sense of what will happen next.
Silence is to leave yourself to the mercy of existence.

And when you do that you do come to know that existence is actually compassionate and knows more about you than you do, takes better care of you than you ever could.

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.

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