You are born, so that you may totally die

All Karma, all action is for the actor. And if the actor is a desirous actor, then all action just leads to a continuation of the cycle of desire!

When you start from a wrong place, then you cannot reach a right place.

A wrong place is a wrong dimension.

More action will not take you out of action. More effort will not lead to effortlessness. More desires will not lead to desirelessness.

Seeing is effortless. Desiring is an effort.

“Mumukshtva” is realization.

You are born, so that you may totally die.

The purpose of life is total death. That is the only purpose of life.

Immortality is to feel so fulfilled that you are not counting years anymore. You are not asking, am I going to die at 50 or 80? That is ImmortalityWhen you are no more bothered about time, then you are immortal.

When you are looking at the decomposition of compounds, you are actually studying your own decomposition.

Karma is always associated with desire. That is why, to give you pure Karma, Krishna talks of ‘Nishkama Karma’. Karma, without the expectation of Karmaphal. Then you are acting without the actor.

“I” tendency does not differ. “I” tendency is the same. The objects that the “I” tendency gets circumstantially attached to, they differ. And the object that you are currently associated with, guides the next object that you would be associated with. But this craving for association and subsequent association; the tendency to get attached is the same.

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Acharya Prashant: No action can lead to liberation

Question: Acharya Ji, can you please speak something on Karma (Action) and Karmphal (Fruit of action)?

Acharya Prashant:

All Karma, all action is for the actor.

And if the actor is a desirous actor, then all action just leads to a continuation of the cycle of desire!

You look at your Karma and the Karmphal. Does any Karmphal ever mean a ‘full stop?’ Is any result, ever so very satisfying that it is final? So, Karma and Karmphal are a continuity. They are a cycle and they are a cycle of ignorance. The doer, the actor, behind the Karma keeps feeling that, action will lead to Liberation. Now, action cannot lead to Liberation.

Action emanating from the actor, that is the ego, the “I” tendency, can never lead to Liberation. Because the very beginning is flawed. The beginning itself is ‘loneliness,’ the beginning itself is in ‘incompleteness.’ The results of such beginnings cannot be auspicious.

When you start from a wrong place,

then you cannot reach a right place.

That sounds counterintuitive because we do see this happening in the world, right? You are standing at some undesirable place, and from there, you can reach a desirable place. But in the domain of Truth, there is no interdimensional-ladder.

A wrong place is a wrong dimension.

You will keep moving in that dimension. Starting from a wrong center, a wrong place, you will keep moving in a space that is wrong. In that space, you can travel far and wide. The space of the ‘Ego’ too is an infinite space.

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The mark of a good word is that it takes you to silence

Question: When I talk about it, it is easy and understandable. But when the real moment comes, every part of the body feels fear. Is talking anymore important for me now? Do I need to be just there and not deviate when the moment comes? Read more

Intentions don’t matter; Awareness does || Acharya Prashant (2013)

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Question: What we get from outside especially in the childhood, is the love, affection, care of our parents, family. How can that contribute to our ego?

Speaker: There is a saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” People’s intentions are good, but they end up doing a lot of harm. People’s intentions are good but they end up doing a lot of harm because they are not aware. Even their love can only cause harm to the loved ones.

Intentions don’t matter, awareness matters.

I may have all the intentions of helping my son, my friend, somebody. But how can I help if my notion of help itself is misplaced.

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When you listen to me, you listen to your Self

Question: These days I feel like running away from Advait. I feel that I am not going to gain anything here. But, at the same time I find myself pulled here yet again. I know what you are saying is true and that you mean well for me, but I am not able to trust you. I have never really been able to trust anyone. Why is this happening to me?

Speaker: Neither do you come here to me, neither are you running away from me. I am inconsequential, I do not matter. It is because you are ‘you’, so you think of me as some person who says a few things, and to whom you come. Read more

You have forgotten the key to yourself

Question: Sir, good afternoon. While I speak before you, I will try to choose my words very gracefully. Sir, I have many things in my life that keep me happy but it is life and we are not supposed to have everything. I have lacked something in my life that I can say as self motivation. How do I get self motivated?

Speaker: What you are really asking for is not motivation. So first of all let us make a little bit of semantic correction. Read more

To know the past, stand separate from the past

Question: Sir, is the past helpful in differentiating between ‘good’ and ‘bad’? Why should we look into our past?

Speaker: You need to understand it quite subtly. No, there is obviously no need to delete the past. There is no need to absolutely get rid of the past. No, I would never advise that. No sane man would ever advise that. Read more

Freedom from ego is freedom from fear || Acharya Prashant (2013)

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Speaker: What to do when you encounter a person with lot of Ego? He has used two words: High ego, and bad ego. Lets understand this. When you use the term, ‘bad ego’ you necessarily mean that there is something called ‘good ego’ as well? Correct? Logical?

What is this Ego? And can it have these two varieties, good and bad? What is the Ego?

Listener 1: Ego is when you put yourself above someone, when you think yourself to be superior  than other.

Speaker: Is that the Ego? You are putting yourself above someone. What if you necessarily put yourself below someone? What if you are habituated to saying that I am the worst of all? Your conditioning and culture have told you, that when someone says that I am best of all, you immediately say that this fellow is egoistic. I am asking you, ‘What if someone says I am the worst of all’? Is this not a statement of ego?

A common misconception that many of us have is that ego is pride. You often equate ego with pride. Let us be very clear on that, ego is far more than pride. Ego is far more pervasive than pride. Ego is not merely pride. Ego expresses itself in a thousand ways other than pride. The ways of the ego are very settled, and they are to be seen everywhere. You do not keep expressing your pride every time. Your mind is not filled with thoughts of pride every time. But even the other thoughts that you carry, most often are thoughts of ego.

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Why is education not helping the world? || Acharya Prashant (2013)

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Speaker: The question asked by Nitish is, ‘In spite of having a world that is more and more educated, with every passing day the literacy levels are increasing, more and more people are enrolling for higher education as well. In spite of having all this why do we have a world like this? Why do we have a world like this?’

Education has two layers to it. The first layer is the superficial one which deals with objects. Let us see what all is included in this layer? Since your childhood you have studied Hindi, English, History, Geography, Mathematics and now Technology. But you are not the languages, you are not the glaciers and the mountains that you read about in geography. You are not the kings and their kingdoms you read of in History. You are not a quadratic equation, you are not a differential equation either that you read study in Mathematics. And none of you is an electromagnetic motor about which you are reading currently. All of these are external objects. Education about them is superficial education which takes the mind to objects, objects outside. Objects include people, places, things, moments everything. So, when education tells you about other people and their thinking, when education tells you about science and the products of science, it is all about objects; external objects. And your education has filled your mind with knowledge about external objects; which is alright, which is important to an extent. But that is just superficial. That is just the first layer of education. Read more

What is the significance of words like ‘Om’? || Acharya Prashant (2013)

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Question: What is the significance of the word ‘Om’?

Speaker: No significance at all. Zero! ‘Om’ or any other word does not matter because every word is merely a sound, a product of the human mind. What do you do? You take a sound and you attach a certain meaning to it and that is it. Read more

What is Neti Neti?

Listener 1: What do we understand by ‘Neti-Neti’?

Speaker: ‘Neti’ is a Sanskrit word. It is a very simple word. All it means is ‘Not this’. ‘Neti’ means I will not take something to be what it is not. ‘Neti’ means I will not assume something to be what it is not. We all say that we want to know the truth, we want to know the realty. But before you can know the reality of anything, anybody, any person and any situation, you first must know that your beliefs or assumptions regarding that thing is misplaced. ‘Neti’ means ‘Oh! It is not what I thought it to be. I was thinking about it in a particular way.’ All thought comes with an assurance that I am alright. That thought is the truth. Thought comes with this assurance, this promise. It gives you this belief. ‘Neti-Neti’ is to challenge that belief. ‘Neti-Neti’ is to say, ‘I came close to it, I paid attention to it and in coming close and in paying attention, what do I see? It is not what I thought it to be. It is not that, it is not that at all.’ That is Neti-Neti.
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What makes me dissatisfied? || Acharya Prashant (2013)

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Question : How to get satisfaction?

Speaker : Is there anybody here who can say that he or she was listening with complete intent, complete immersion, even for say five or six seconds? In those moments, when you were listening, just listening, were you feeling dissatisfied? Did the thought of dissatisfaction come to you? Just listening, deeply listening, was there any dissatisfaction? In those moments of listening, was there a thought at all?
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What is the difference between self-esteem and self-respect? || Acharya Prashant (2013)

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Student : Sir, what is the difference between self-esteem and self-respect?

Speaker : Apaar has asked the difference between self-esteem and self-respect. There is a great difference. Just going close to these two words and looking directly at them will tell us the difference. ‘Esteem’ comes from the same root from where ‘Estimation’ comes. Do you understand ‘Estimation’? You estimate something when you do not know it fully. ‘Estimation’ is ‘approximate’. ‘To estimate something’ is to know its limits and hence determine its size in a rough crude way. Read more

‘Tomorrow’ makes the mind wander

Question: I very well know that the present moment is important or the immediate event is important, but yet I am unable to bring my mind to the center. The mind keeps wandering at all places. Why does this happen?

Speaker: He says, ‘I very well know that what is important is happening right now, yet the mind is such a rascal, it keeps going round and round and keeps wandering at all places.What to do?

First of all, it has to be understood that we were not born this way. This is an acquired disease. We were not born with it. We were born simple and innocent. Have you ever seen a two-year old or a four-year old wondering about what will happen ten years later? The two year-old or the four-year old lives fully in the present, he lives fully in the present. When he is happy, he is happy. When he is crying, he is crying.
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