The myth of ‘acceptance’ || Acharya Prashant (2016)

When you don’t know the selector, you know what happens?

You start assuming that you are the selector.

The wise man knows that the selector is the conditioning. You may say you are choosing a particular girl to marry and you think you are the selector but the wise one knows that the selection is happening only as per what I have been trained, taught, conditioned, made to believe in. That happens only when you know that it is just happening like something that happens in a system, in a machine.

~Acharya Prashant

You can never avoid, escape, or be free from the mind || Acharya Prashant (2016)

Question: How to escape mind?

Acharya Prashant: You will never be able to escape mind.


In fact, all these things – freedom from the mind, escape from the mind – are touted in the spiritual market but they all are very fantastic nonsense. Read more…

How can there be freedom from the mind? What do you mean? Who will get freedom from the mind? The soul? The Self? The Atman? Do you mean to say that the Atman was, at some point, chained, enslaved, and now it will get freedom?

What do you mean by freedom from the mind? As if there is something that the mind has captured and then, there is some agency which will go and liberate that.

But ‘freedom from the mind’ is such a widespread phrase. When you say, ‘freedom from the mind,’ who will be free?

The mind itself.

So, just say, ‘Free mind’. And a free mind means free of itself, which means no-mind then. Who is there to enslave the mind except for the mind! So, what do you mean by a free mind? Who was enslaving the mind in the first place?

Listeners: Mind

Was the Self coming to enslave the mind? There is only the mind and the Self. When you say freedom from the mind, would the Self be liberated? When you say, ‘A free mind’, do you mean that the Self was trying to enslave the mind?

The mind itself is the slavery.

There is nothing called the freedom of the mind, from the mind, for the mind. Nothing.

~Acharya Prashant

Holi tells that your own cleverness will bring you to the flames || Acharya Prashant (2016)

If you are someone, who has ranged himself against the Truth, who is showing his back to the Truth, then you will keep being barbequed. Your own cleverness will bring you to the flames. You will think that you are going there to harm somebody else, and you will not realise that you are moving towards your own grave.
Books by Acharya Prashant:

Spirituality on Streets
When do you call someone as Spiritual?
Is Spirituality about reading scriptures and gaining knowledge?
Or it is about practicing Meditation techniques?
Have you ever seen a Spiritual man fighting on the streets? Let’s learn the Real Essence of being Spiritual!
Discourse by Acharya Prashant
Day and Date: Sunday, 28st August 2016.
Venue: Maharishi Ramana Kendra, 8 Institutional Area,
Near Sai Mandir, Lodhi Road, Delhi
Time: 11:00 a.m.