What are honesty and simplicity? || Acharya Prashant (2019)

What are honesty and simplicity

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Question: Acharya ji, please explain about honesty and simplicity.

Acharya Prashant ji: When do things become complex? When there is fear between you and the obvious. Neither can you deny the obvious, nor can you overcome your fear. Then one goes round and round.

It is very difficult to break away from the Truth, and habituated as we are to ourselves, it is probably equally difficult, if not more difficult, to overrule ourselves, and leap directly towards the Truth.

So ours is a funny situation. Can’t go away, can’t directly come close. And at the same time, we want to tell ourselves, that we are busy and occupied, and doing something constructive. So we start with the merry-go-round, maintaining a safe distance from the center. As if that safety is any less discomfiting, than a total separation from the center that invites us.

This is complexity, and this is dishonesty – the in-between-ness.  The safe, middle path. The position, the movement, the locus that convinces us that we are not totally dishonest.

You see, without a love for honesty, there can be nothing called ‘dishonesty’. Obviously, we love that which is real, that which will not deceive us, that which we eagerly want. But in spite of our love, in spite of our deep, and true desire, we still deny ourselves, we defy ourselves.

We defy the command of our own hearts.

So, simply put, dishonesty is to not to see what you are seeing, to not to get what you want, not to be what you are, not to live by what you know. If you don’t know, you cannot be dishonest. If you don’t love, you cannot be disloyal.

It’s absolutely fantastic, that we know, we want, we love.

And it’s equally tragic, that in spite of, knowing, wanting, loving, we somehow still choose to remain deprived.

Complex!

A kid would ask,”But why would you not just take it, if you want it so much? That is what I do all the time. If I want it, I pick it up.” Somehow, adults have more complicated explanations for everything.

They will say, “Well kid! You are not yet seasoned enough. With age and experience you will realise that you cannot always get what you want. There are other priorities.” But the kid will say, “Isn’t what I want, always my top most priority? And must not one always go for his highest priority?”

You will say, “Well Kid, these are complex matters. Life is not all about loving. Life is not all about knowing and realizing. One has to keep allowance for various other things as well.”

The kid will say, “No! If I want it, I will go straight at it.”

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Simplicity and Truth || Acharya Prashant (2018)

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Question: How to test whether one has simplicity and freedom from desires?

Acharya Prashant Ji: Whether simplicity and freedom from desires is there, is tested only when, that which you want, and you have, and you are therefore calm and patient, is taken away from you.

It is possible that one is a moral man, and has been taught in a moral way, to want only ‘a little’. And that ‘little’ that one wants, is already available. So, one does not seem to be wanting more.

Whether one is truly free from wants, and whether one is truly simple, is tested only in adversity. It is tested only when there is a challenge to the existing pattern of life. So, so-called simplicity and innocence can be superficial as well, and therefore deceptive.

As long as situations are favourable, a lot of people appear peaceful, don’t they? Whether or not you are truly peaceful, is determined, only when the situation turns inclement, unfavourable. And then it is tested, how deep your patience and peace are.

Listener: It appears, what you are saying is that, he is peaceful, but he has no devotion towards God.

Acharya Ji: No, that is not needed. That is not needed. That is not needed.

Does he have compassion towards the world?

Listener: Yes.

Acharya Ji: If that is there, it’s okay. You don’t need to have devotion towards a conceptual god. If you have compassion towards sentient beings, that is far better.

Listener: Will he get the Truth?

Acharya Ji: If compassion is there, then Truth is already there, provided the compassion itself is not superficial.

Listener: Is taking care of the needs of anybody, those you see around you, compassion?

Acharya Ji: Taking care of the genuine needs. Selflessly, taking care of genuine needs.

In a hotel, if I ask for whisky, the waiter will come and serve it to me. So, he is taking care of my needs. Now there are two factors involved here. First of all – the need that I am expressing; bringing me a whisky, is not a genuine need. Secondly, he is not selflessly meeting my need. He is fulfilling my need, because he will get something. So, it is not merely about meeting the needs of the other person.

First of all, you should know, what kind of needs are you serving. Secondly, you should check your own mind. Is it serving the other in order to get something? Then it is not service. Then, it is merely transaction.

Listener:  If I get good feelings in helping others, then is this also transaction?

Acharya Ji:  Yes, yes. Well caught. Lot of times, that’s what lot of compassion and social service are about. In helping the other, you start feeling good about yourself. That is nothing but, reinforcement of the ego. You rise in your own eyes. Your self-esteem gets a boost. That’s not compassion.

Listener: If I help others silently, without others knowing about it, is this also compassion?

Acharya Ji: You may silently help others. Sometimes, you may have to be loudly helping others. All possibilities are open. The help has to be genuine.

The help should be of a nature, that should reduce the other person’s need to be helped.

You should help in a way that the other person demands less and less help. And the act of helping should not lead to your own aggrandization. Not in the world’s eyes, and more so, not in your own eyes.

Listener: Acharya ji, you had once said, “A courageous mind solves itself rather than its problems.” How can I get a courageous mind?

Acharya Prashant: By having a sincere, to solve the problem. It is the problem that troubles you, right? That’s what you think and feel. Your statement remains – I am being troubled by the problem. So, fine. Have a sincere desire to solve the problem.

Go deep into the problem, and see what would really solve it.

And then you will find, that to solve the problem, you have to solve yourself first.

When it is said, “The courageous mind solves itself rather than the problem,” that does not mean that the courageous mind ignores the problem, and is busy solving something else, that is itself. It just means – being sincere about solving the problem.

The courageous mind sees, that the problem is not distant from the mind of the problem-ed one. And therefore, if the mind can be solved, the problem disappears on its own.

Listener: Acharya ji, once you had said, “Today, violence lies more in giving birth than killing.” Please explain this.

Acharya Ji: Mostly, birth is not a result of wisdom, clarity or love. Conception and birth happen mostly because of the need to consume the other’s body. In the process of consumption of the other’s body, and sometimes in the process of satiation of one’s own insecurities and desires, conception takes place, the baby comes into being – and all that is violence.

The mother-in-law has heckled the daughter-in-law, and now she is getting pregnant. Or the man decides, that it’s a social norm to become a father, and therefore, he decides to impregnate the wife. Or conception just happens in a moment of mad lust. All these are just instances of violence.

Listener: Violence against whom?

Acharya Ji: What is violence? Lack of love. Disunity.

Whatsoever happens in an environment of absence of love, is violence. Surely, when you are consuming somebody’s body, you are not thinking of that body as your own. You are greedily looking at an object and pleasing yourself using that object. That’s what lust is, right?

You look at something, a human body that is, as an object that would satisfy your hunger. This disunity, this separation, this distance between you and the object of your consumption, is what is violence.

Listener: Acharya ji, what is meant by ‘Samadhi’, and is it worthwhile to aspire to attain it?

Acharya Ji: Peaceful mind. Samadhan. What is samadhan? Solution. So, Samadhi is dissolution. Samadhi is nothing exotic, or extra-ordinary. Peaceful mind is samadhistha.

Do not turn samadhi into something of the stars, something glittering and beyond the reach. It is a very simple, ordinary, dissolved state of the mind. The mind has no worries, the mind has no great concerns to be serious about.

That is samadhi.

Life is simple, ordinary.

This is happening, that is happening, but whatsoever is happening, is not big enough to trouble you.

That is samadhi.

Listener: Are there many types of Samadhis?

Acharya Ji: It’s almost like this. I have answered eight types of questions here. And corresponding to each of the answers, you may as well say, in a poetic way, that you have experienced eight kinds of samadhis. When I answered him, then it was one kind of samadhi. When I answered your first question, that was the first samadhi. Then your second question, that was second kind of samadhi.

Ultimately, peace has no distinctions, or flavors or colors.

Peace is just peace.

You do not have many, different kinds of zeros. Zero is a zero. What kind of division do you want to create?

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You must see the True in the false also

Truth is that which is independent of everything.

The World determines you, the mind; and you determine the World. It’s the same. And when you know these two together, then you have exceeded them both.

What will we do with awareness? Awareness is already doing what it has to do.

False is not a word that you can use carelessly. Only in deep contact with Truth, do you call the projections of Truth as false.

When you go to the root of desire, you find that your ultimate desire is just one. And that is Truth.

Condemning anything is to condemn the Truth. Because nothing but the Truth exists.

You must see the True in the false also.



Read the complete article: Acharya Prashant on J. Krishnamurti: The world is you, you are the world

Acharya Prashant on J. Krishnamurti: The world is you, you are the world

Question: Acharya Ji, what does J.Krishnamurti mean when he says, “the observer is the observed”?

Acharya Prashant: As you are, so you see the World. Simple.

That there is no objective reality about the World. The ‘subject’ and the ‘object’ are intrinsically linked; they are One. The subject and the object are linked; One.

You could further it, by saying, the observer is the observed, an honest observation dissolves them both. Or, the observer is the observed and both are false.

We lay a lot of emphasis on the World, assuming it to be the Truth. If the World is an entity independent of everything, then has to be the Truth, right? That is the definition of Truth.

Truth is that which is independent of everything.

Time, space, people, processes, situations, events; nothing can change it. And if something is totally unchangeable and independent, then it is the Truth. Now, we assign the same status to the World. We feel as if the World is independent of everything, right? That’s our normal perception. We say, this building was there before I went to sleep, and this building is still there when I woke up. Which means that this building is independent of me. In saying that, we have taken this building as the?

Listener: Truth.

AP: Truth. Because now, we are giving all those qualities to this building that rightfully belong to the?

L: Truth.

AP: Truth. When Krishnamurti says, “the observer is the observed.” he is saying, this building is you; it’s not Truth. You change, the building changes. So, it is not the Truth.

L: So, the observed is the observer.

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A sage is not sage if it does not look like an idiot

Do not take all these words as separate. Self, God, Awareness, Pure-consciousness, Samadhi, Turiya, Guru – they are all one. If you bring in too many words you are just creating confusion for yourself, you are just giving mind more toys to play with; you are just giving an erratic machine more fuel.

Simplify it, it is very easy to make things complex. To be spiritual is to see the simple reality even in all complexity. The worldly mind respects complexity, the spiritual mind loves simplicity. And, if it is the Truth, it is simple; as simple as a naked child – direct, forthright, not cunning, not manipulative, not hidden, not skimming, blunt, obvious, present, straight, here, not something to be attained, not something to be known, not a secret, not a mystery, not a puzzle, not a code.

Have you ever looked into the eyes of a child, do you think there is a puzzle there? You must have a very complex mind if you see a puzzle there. That’s the Truth; there is nothing there. When it is nothing there then that is called innocence. When it is something there that is called cleverness, that is the difference between cleverness and wisdom. In wisdom, there is nothing in your eyes, empty. In cleverness, there is a lot there.

Ever seen a clever face? How does it look? How does his face look? Like a face of an idiot, or, the face of a sage, both are one. A sage is not sage if it does not look like an idiot, if you are not compelled to call the sage an idiot, believe me, he is no sage. A sage, who talks very wisely, is always correct, right, and proper, He is a very ‘cultivated sage’. He is a manufactured sage, coming from the assembly line, probably branded as well and packed nicely.

The real sage is a wild flower, untouched by man’s hands, untouched by fertilizers and pesticides, arising straight out of the heart of the earth.



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When you are helping without reason, it is compassion

ALC 1.17 (1)Question: Sir, Do love and Compassion play a role in the process of awakening?

Acharya Prashant: Love and Compassion are not instruments. Love and Compassion are not stuff that can be used as a means or as a method. Awakening, Love, and Compassion are all synonyms. They are three different words only because we talk of them in different contexts. It is like one thing being looked at from different sights in different moods from different perspectives.

Essentially, all three of them are pure Emptiness. What we call as Awakening is not really an awakening. To awaken in the normal sense of the word means to become Conscious. To awaken in the normal sense of the world means to have a mind that is now ‘active’. You start saying that now you can think, analyze, see, determine, conclude and compare, that is what you do when you are awake; in the common usage of the word. Read more

Simplicity is existential, complexity is man-made.

What is simple living? What is complex living? That’s easier to understand. What is complexity? Complexity is when you do not see the simple and the obvious. Complexity does not lie in the object or the world. There is nothing complex anywhere. Complexity means, my eyes are such that they cannot look at the simple and they are calling it complex. Because there is nothing complex.

To a mind that does not have knots within it, everything is simple. If you find something complex it is because the mind is layered, conditioned, confused. Complex living means living from a conditioned mind. Will you remember this? Complex living means living from a conditioned mind, and hence not able to enjoy the simple beauty of life. That is complex living.

So, what will be simple living? Living from a free mind, an unconditioned mind. So that you are able to live in the simple beauty of life, and enjoy it, obviously. Getting it? Simple living is, when I look at somebody, I do not look at the makeup, I do not look at the brand of the clothes, I do not look at the expression the fellow is wearing, and I look at that essence of the person. Direct and simple.

I do not ask, “How much money you have?” I do not have to which religion and caste do you belong. I do not ask what your percentage is. I look at the person and what I see is the individual. This is simple living. And what would and complex eye look at? What is a complex way of looking at somebody? You meet somebody and you ask, “Alright, so, which locality do you live in? Masters, or PhD? How much money do you have? How long is your car? That’s a complex way of looking at somebody. You cannot look at the man directly. The man is a man, why do you need to ask for his caste and his money, and his car? This is complexity.

Simplicity is existential, complexity is man-made. So, when you look at something, and if you are too concerned with the man-made aspects of it, then your eyes have complexity. Then your eyes have complexity. So, when I look at a person, what is man-made about him? What all is man-made about a person? If I give importance to that then I have a complex way of looking.

On the other hand if I look at a person, and I am concerned more with that which is existential, then it is a simple way of looking.

So, simple living is living from a free mind – a mind that is not cluttered with man-made rubbish, a mind that is not layered with lots of conditioning. That is simple living. Simple living does not mean that “Oh, this man wears only kurta, so he must be simple. Oh, this man does not eat this kind of food, so he must be simple.” All that is rubbish. Simple living means the mind is free. That is all that simplicity means.


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What is simple living and high thinking?

SR Generic_ EnglishQuestion: Sir, we often hear this famous proverb “Simple living and high thinking.” What is this simple living, and what is this high thinking? If I want to be an IAS, is this a high thinking? I want to know what is simple living and high thinking.

Acharya Prashant: Because you are talking of high thinking, there must be its counterpart as well, low thinking. Let’s try to just see then what could be high thinking, and what could be low thinking.

High thinking is that which terminates itself.

The mind is like this room. The mind, the walls of the mind are the walls of experience, the walls of past, it’s a very limited space, it’s not an open sky. The mind knows only this much. The entire existence is there, open, but the mind knows only this much. And within this wall is the entire movement of mind. This movement of mind is called thought, thinking.

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Watch your actions and you will know the truth

 

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Question: Acharya ji, what is the state of our mind?

Acharya Prashant: Nobody is ever in any state constantly! Because our mind is not a constant thing. It is a flux! There is nobody who is permanently ever in any state. It is just that the density, the frequency, may vary. Somebody may be in the chaotic state 90% of the time and there may be another fellow who is not in a chaotic state for 90% of the time.

But all of us are always in all states at some point of work. So, we cannot just label it. Read more

How can I correct my mistakes?

Question: Sir, I see that the mistakes are happening over and over again. What to do?

Acharya Prashant: When the right intent will be there in all its power then these things will not happen, because these things are not natural. These are not your inner order. These things happen only when an external agency is sitting on your head, powers them to happen, otherwise, they cannot happen. Read more

Is that what is life?

Do you know what is insensitivity?

Insensitivity is a belief. It’s a belief that “I am born to be chained, that I am not worthy of love, that I do not deserve to fly.” That is insensitivity. We have been trained to be cruel to ourselves and why must you be cruel to yourself?

You deserve all and everything.

Man is not born to adjust and compromise and somehow tolerate his seventy-eight years and then at the end of the journey say, “Thank God the seventy years are over. It was a night mare, glad, I am out of it. Death is such a nice thing.” When you die at eighty, you say, “Mercifully I am out of it.”

Is that what is life?

Our arrogance is in the same measure as our fear

Our arrogance is in the same measure as our fear.

Let us be direct, simple and humble.

Let us just say, ‘Yes, there are these scriptures, we wrote them, the son of a man wrote them and these books are beautiful and they are sacred, that means that there is beauty and holiness within me. Otherwise, how could this book come? There is nothing repugnant in man’s mind. It is from man’s mind that the Upanishads and the Bible are arising’.

So man’s mind is great. Let’s just accept it.

And while accepting it, let us parallely bow to the fact that even though man’s mind has climbed these heights, yet, he is nowhere close to the Ultimate.


To read the complete article: Any concept of God is not God at all. Drop the concept and surrender

When you are helping without reason, it is compassion

Question: Sir, I am thinking about love and compassion and if they play any role in the process of awakening like to love or to be compassionate, is it important to awakening?

Acharya Prashant: Do love and compassion play a role in the process of awakening?

Love and compassion are not instruments. Love and compassion are not stuff that can be used as a means or as a method. Awakening, Love and Compassion are all synonymous. They are three different words only because we talk of them in different contexts. It is like one thing being looked at from different sights, in different moods, from different perspectives. Essentially, all three of them are pure emptiness.

What we call as awakening is not really an awakening. To awaken, in the normal sense of the word, means to become conscious. To awaken, in the normal sense of the word, means to have a mind that is now active. You start saying that now you can think, analyze, see, determine, conclude, compare – that is what you do when you are awake in the common usage of the word.

Real awakening is actually more like going to sleep.

I repeat, real awakening is actually more like going to sleep. You have become empty of all that which use to happen during normal awakening. Let’s examine what happens during normal periods of waking consciousness — What is it that keeps happening? What is it that keeps happening when you are walking on the road? What is it that keeps happening when you are talking to somebody, or working in the office, or waiting at the bus station, or shopping? What is it?

Listener1: Senses are open.

AP: Senses are open and the world makes itself felt. The world makes itself felt as important. In fact, the world makes itself felt as the only reality, am I right?

When you are driving, do you say that the truck coming in front of you is an illusory thing? Do you say the truck is false? When you are driving let’s say, at 70 miles an hour and here the truck is approaching you, would you say, “Ah, False! It doesn’t exist. It’s a game of the senses, It’s just a dualistic mirage. Let me pass my awareness right through it.” Do you say that?

Where do all the teachings of the gurus disappear then? If the world is illusory, if the world is a dream; why don’t you go right through the truck? Then none of these teachings help us, right? Then we realize very well that we are not pure consciousness, we are the material body, or are we not?

I suppose, we have a lot of people here who have been through trucks, they don’t quite agree. I am an ordinary man, I avoid trucks; I take them to be real. What do you take them to be? (Smiles)

What do you take them to be?

Somehow, the spiritual ones do not like to talk of trucks. But to me, spirituality is hypocrisy if it cannot explain the behavior of trucks and truck drivers. To me truck drivers are the greatest puzzle on the face of this earth. What kind of spirituality it is that cannot talk of roads, potholes and truck drivers? Where do all the fantasies and concepts vanish when that massive thing is coming and wobbling at you? And the great artist is sitting at the wheel after three pegs of… (Smiles)

That is normal consciousness. The world forces the mind to take itself as real. If you don’t take the world as real, if you don’t accord it the utmost importance, then you face extinction. Then you’ll be no more. So the normal consciousness is all about taking reality as something out there. Normal consciousness is about assuming the skin as the dividing line between the world and you — that is normal consciousness. Outside the skin it is the other; inside the skin it is the ‘me’, right?

Now, when this happens, then only the material is taken as reality, which is alright. The truck deserves to be taken as real. Have you ever tried to move a truck wheel? Sometimes, in gyms, they keep the wheels of trucks. Have you ever tried to move it? You’ll realize that it is not a phenomenon; that it is not a wisp of imagination – it exists.

In normal consciousness, only the trucks and wheels exist; only the gross and the vulgar exists; only the material exists; or in other words, whatever is not material, does not exist. If you can see it, it exists. If you can detect it using your senses, it exists.

What is it that you cannot detect using your senses? What is it that can never be proven using the senses and the mind, never be seen, never be touched, and never be heard?

L2: Yourself…

AP: Bring it more down to the earth.

Anybody who has ever smelt Freedom?

Anybody who has ever seen Love?

Anybody who has ever tasted Joy?

Anybody who has ever held the Truth in his hands?

So these are a few little things that do not belong to the same category as truck. The truck can be seen, heard, felt.

Love, Truth, Joy, Freedom, Simplicity, Innocence – they cannot be touched, tasted, heard, seen or analyzed.

So if you believe the world to be material, if you believe the material to be the reality then your punishment would be that your life would be devoid of all that which is not material. And incidentally, all that which is valuable in life is not material. Trucks are material, Love is not material; if you take reality to be material then you are denying love and that’s a great punishment, is it not? Is it or is it not?

Listeners: It is.

AP: It is. So that is normal consciousness to take the material as reality. Awakening is to be empty of this consciousness. Awakening is to be empty of the belief that of prime importance, are the trucks and truck drivers. Awakening is to realize that the truck that is coming to me, yes, of course I have to avoid a collision there, but still there is something more important than the truck, than my safety, than the collision; something is far more important than that.

And if that which is of primary importance is at stake, I may even decide to ramp my vehicle into the truck. That real thing, which can neither be touched, heard, analyzed, thought of, smelt is of such great value that I will not hesitate even to sacrifice my life for it – this is Awakening.

The awakened one actually looks like sleeping to the worldly mind, because, if you are the normal waking one, then, you give utmost importance to trucks. The awakened one may see the truck and yet not give the first importance to it. Now what will you call such a man?

He is moving and he is watching the truck coming to him. He is not blind, his senses are perfect, he can see the truck coming, he very well knows the effect of the impact of the truck on the body and yet he is prepared to risk a collision for the sake of something else and that something else is imperceptible and intangible. Now, what would you, as a common worldly man, call such a man? You would call him mad.

You may go and say, “Are you asleep?”

Won’t you?

You may go and say. “Are you sleep-walking?”

So, the awakened one actually looks asleep to the sleeping one – that is awakening.

This same emptiness, which expresses itself as lack of knowledge when we talk of awakening, expresses itself as lack of miscellaneous attractions when it comes to Love.

In Love, again, you are drawn only towards a certain “nothingness”. Ordinarily, we are drawn to this and that. And whenever one is drawn to this and that, the result is disappointment.

Real Love is about being fully drawn, fully drawn, to what?

To nothing!

“I am totally committed,” to what?

 To nothing in particular!

Yes, my commitment is absolute, but if you would ask me what is it that I am committed to? I will not be able to tell.

I am not committed to a man;

I am not committed to a book,

I am not committed to an ideology,

I am not committed to my personality, my opinions;

I am not committed to any idea of a God;

yet I am fully committed.

And that is Love.

Are you getting it?

Similarly, what we usually call as compassion is just pity. Pity arises when you have a particular personal relationship with the other one; where in some way, you are identified with the other one. Compassion arises when you are empty of any relationship with the other one, yet you are connected in some ineffable way.

If you ask me, “Why do I feel like helping him?”

I’ll have no answer to give – that is Compassion.

If you ask me, “Why do I want to help him?” And I say, “Because he is my neighbor, or son, or because he is my loved one, or because he belongs to my country, or religion”, then this is just identified attachment which sometimes expresses itself as pity. Do we see the difference between pity and compassion?

If you are trying to help someone that you have a relationship with, that you have an interest in, with whom you have a certain attachment or identification; if you are feeling bad about his condition, if you are partaking in his sorrow, then this is pity.

But when a great help arises from you in spite of you having no ostensible connection with the other one, when you are helping without any reason, then that is compassion. If reason exists behind your help then this is just a very reasonable and hence a selfish help. For all reasons, belong to the petty self.

If you will investigate, most of the instances in which we try to help someone, the help is always for a reason.

“Oh! It’s my pet dog so I need to take it to the vet.”

My daughter, so, I need to take her to the school.”

You can always find a cause as to why you are trying to be helpful. If ever you find a cause behind your help, rest assured it is not yet That. But moments do come, it does happen in life, when you just want to give, give without reason; help without expectation — it’s an overflowing. You have so much that you cannot rest without giving it to somebody – that is compassion.

The normal worldly mind would then look at you and say, “Oh! Why are you doing all this?”

“Why do you keep giving so much?”

“Surely, you have some self interest. Surely, you are demanding or expecting something. Surely, at some point, you will ask something from us.”

“No!”

A reaching out, a helping, a holding of hands – that happens for no reason. Since, it has no reason, so it will appear awkward to others; since it cannot be explained, so it will appear like madness to others.

Sometimes even to yourself. A change of mood and you’ll ask yourself, “Am I not just acting madly?”

“Hey, what am I getting out of it?”

“What am I making out of it?”

And somebody would come and whispers in your ears, “What is in it for you?”

And you would suddenly say, “Yes, what is in it for me?” Then you will find that there is…?

L1: There is something for us.

AP: Nothing. There is nothing for you.

When you act even though there is nothing in it for you,

that great nothingness is compassion;

that great nothingness is awakening;

that great nothingness is Love.

What we call as ‘something’ is mind stuff and hence all the suffering of mankind.

Be unreasonable.
Act without reason.
Let something far bigger than you, possess you, over power you, act through you.

What is that thing going to be?

Listener: Everything.

AP: Nothing. But its effects upon you will be so tremendous that it would become everything for you. So you can even call it everything – nothing and everything – just the same.

Kindly do not be lost in spiritual jargon. Love, compassion, kindness, mindfulness, awareness, pure-consciousness, pure-self. Akar, ukar, makaar, three states, five sheets, fourth foundation, eight limbs – do not get lost in this maze there is nothing here. Truth is simple — when you have nothing; that is Truth.

When the mind is empty of all concepts, believes and this and that including all spiritual jargon; including all talk of pure-self and the beauty of consciousness and the wonderment of bliss; when none of that is in your mind – that is Truth.

When you are absolutely empty, when you are not even thinking of God, when in the name of God there is just nothing then that is It.

Do not take all these words as separate – Self, God, Awareness, Pure-consciousness, Samadhi, Turiya, Guru – they are all one. If you bring in too many words, you are just creating confusion for yourself, you are just giving mind more toys to play with; you are just giving that erratic machine more fuel.

Simplify it! It is very easy to make things complex.

To be spiritual is to see the simple reality even in all complexity.

The worldly mind respects complexity;

the spiritual mind loves simplicity.

And if it is the Truth, it would be simple; as simple as a naked child – direct, forthright, not cunning, not manipulative, not hidden, not scheming, blunt, obvious, present, straight, here, not something to be attained; not something to be known, not a secret, not a mystery, not a puzzle, not a code.

Ever looked into the eyes of a child, do you think there is a puzzle there? You must be a very complex mind if you see a puzzle there, there is no puzzle there. That’s the truth – there is nothing there.

When there is nothing there, that is called innocence. When there is something there, that is called cleverness. That is the difference between cleverness and wisdom.

In wisdom, there is nothing in your eyes – empty. In cleverness, there is a lot there. Ever seen a clever face? How does it look?

How does an innocent face look?

Like a face of an idiot or a sage, both are one. A sage is no sage if he does not look like an idiot.

If you are not compelled to call the sage an idiot, believe me he is no sage. A sage who talks very wisely, is always correct, right and proper is a very cultivated sage, is a manufactured sage – coming from the assembly line – probably, branded as well and packed nicely.

The real sage is a wild flower — untouched by man’s hands, untouched by fertilizers and pesticides, arising straight out of the heart of the earth. Keep it simple!

The questions that are going to come now keep them direct, straight forward. Spiritual jargon never helped anybody. Never! Believe me. Since years I have been getting people who have been with this master, that master, have read all the possible spiritual literature and have only received high sounding answers.

This morning a lady came to me and said, “You know, I have been going to this particular guru, a very famous one and whenever I ask him about my immediate condition, my marriage, my joblessness, my fear, my insecurity, he just tells me, “Believe that you are pure-consciousness. You are not the mind, you are not the body. If you can drop the mind then no change is needed, you will be very alright wherever you are.””

And she says, “I have been hearing all these fancy stuffs but it doesn’t help me. Can you tell me something which is real, which is grounded, which is actionable, not some wonderful concepts hanging in the sky, not some distant heaven, not something to imagine but something to live?

The spiritual one lives truly. He does not think of himself as this and that. He has no business thinking.

He lives — truly, directly.


Excerpts from a ‘Shabd-Yoga’ session. Edited for clarity.

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What are tantric divine energy connections

Question: What are the divine energy connections between man and woman?

Acharya  Prashant: All energy is the mind.

There is no other energy. Is there energy without matter? Is there energy without the world? When you have a lot of things to think of, then you only get muddling up. Let me just make it simpler for you — There is the Self, which is all and nothing, and everything else that you can think of, talk of, touch, feel, smell, sense is mind. Nothing is energy. If you can touch energy, it is mind. If you are thinking of energy, it is mind.

Do not talk of too many things. There aren’t too many things. There are just very few things, and they too get reduced to nothing.

Listener 1: What about these are chakras and all?

AP: And there is a hole here (pointing at the head)

(Laughs)

L2: Is not the energy more fundamental and its nature is interchangeable?

AP: When two things are interchangeable, nothing is more fundamental than the other — they are one.

L3: Mulaprakriti is also a form of primordial energy…

AP: It’s all the mind.

Would you be talking of these things if you were asleep? It’s the mind, the consciousness, that’s all. Why must we make such big stories out of simple matters?

Spirituality is about seeing the simple in the complex. Do not complicate any further. Our lives are already very complex.

When I am throwing a stone at you, the stone coming towards you is energy. It is also hurt, it is also hatred, it is also ego, it is also time and space — they are all one. Energy is hurt, energy is ego, energy is time. When I am talking about objects, is there any object sans energy? So why are you talking about energy as if it is something special and different?

Objects are energy. The stone coming at you is energy. The passion for a woman is energy. Is there energy without a woman? They are all one. The stone that is coming towards you is both — ego and energy. It is mind and space and time and anger and nationalism and knowledge and everything else that you can think of or conceptualise. It is all.


~ Excerpts from a ‘Shabd-Yoga’ session. Edited for clarity.

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The Teacher does not speak to confuse you

The Teacher does not speak to confuse you.

He has no interest in throwing riddles around.

He wants to help you. So he has said something.

His words are like the Truth – direct, obvious and simple.

But to a complicated mind, the obvious and the simple makes no sense.

To a complicated mind, the obvious and the simple becomes a great puzzle.

Attention is no workout

Attention is no workout, it is not a demanding activity.

It is easy, and effortless.

It is as effortless as the beating of the heart.

Attention is simple. You just have to be present.

And when you are simply present, then you know what the whole game is all about.

Knowing the game, you also know your role in the game.

You just know what to do.

Whatever takes you towards your beautiful Heart is Beautiful

Whether or not your wife is beautiful, is not determined by the way she talks and looks.

It is determined by how you feel when you are next to her.

Does she bring you to that beautiful silence, or do you get further agitated in her company?
Does her very presence calm you down?
If her presence calms you down, then she is beautiful.

I keep calling Jesus, ‘handsome’.

It is not because he was young, tall, fair, and muscular.
I keep calling him ‘handsome’ for what he is.

Kabir is beautiful, Meera is beautiful.

Meera is beautiful for her devotion.

Meera is beautiful because when you are with Meera, then some of her devotion simply rubs-off on you.

Sitting next to Meera, you get a taste of Krishna. That is why Meera is beautiful.

So, what is Ugly?
Whatever takes you away from the beauty in your Heart is Ugly.

What is Beautiful?
Whatever takes you towards your beautiful Heart is Beautiful.

It’s your smartness that defeats you

It’s your smartness that defeats you.

When love calls, move straight.

Do not try to act smart.

And if you meet a hurdle in between, fight it, jump over it, cross it but do not change your track even by fifteen degrees.

Do not apply methods and cleverness.

Hear noise? Both hearing and noise are proofs of Silence

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Acharya Prashant: You are talking about the sound of the naad and you are wondering whether that can be used as a technique.

What will you use as a technique?

There has to be something to be used. The naad is not the sound at all. What will you use and how will you use? There has to be something to be used. When there is nothing how will you put it to use?

The naad is not at all a sound. And if you are talking of a sound then it is just something that your ears can hear and the moment your ears are not there the sound will be gone.

What then is meant by naad?

Naad means a particular soundlessness even in the middle of the sounds.

Naad means the silent background on which you hear all the sounds.

Now you cannot hear that silence really. All that you can know is that there is something beyond these sounds, that you can hear these sounds only because they have a certain silent background. So hearing itself is a proof of naad which means paradoxically that naad is a soundless sound that you actually hear with your ears.

How?

Because whatever you hear, you hear it only in the backdrop of silence. So hearing itself is a proof of silence. Sound is a proof of silence. Even noise is a proof of silence. That is what is meant by the naad method, that when you hear something you hear it with great attention.

When you hear it with great attention, you hear not only what is being said but also the space in which it is being said.

This world itself is the method. Whatever is happening continuously is the method. These sounds that are falling on your ears continuously are naad. 

You cannot go somewhere else to figure out something special called naad. And if you meet people who claim that they have been hearing the naad then you must know that they have just been delude in themselves.

You know man finds it easiest to cheat himself, to live in a make-believe world—“Oh I have been in Samadhi; Oh I have been hearing the anhad naad; Oh I have been in deep silence; Oh yes! I am aware of the truth.”

There is only this. If right now the sound of the ocean is reaching you, this sound itself is naad provided if you can be present to it. That is the naad method, there is nothing more to it. If you take anything else as naad then it is just mental activity. You have either picked up some specific sound or your own imagination and you are calling it as soundlessness.

Are you getting it? Do not fall prey to all these things.

One fellow came and said, “There is a continuous buzzing that keeps on happening in my ears, a certain echoing, a wordless echoing.”

I said, “Go and get you ears cleaned.”

(Laughter)

It is not a proof of spiritual advancement rather it is a proof of aural deterioration. Soon you will become deaf.

It is a strange thing—but being fully available to something has a quality that is beyond that something. I repeat that if you are fully available to material then there is a quality in this relationship that is not of the material. If you are fully available to the sound of the waves then there is something there which is not of the waves.

You cannot get that something without the waves. The only way for you, as the body, is to be fully available and present to the material waves. Be fully present to that and then you will go beyond that.

Instead it seems that the spiritual fashion these days is to bypass the wave and try to go to silence. You cannot go to the naad without the sound of the wave. The wave is all that you have, the world is all that you have, material is all that you have. Even to go beyond the material, you’ll have to go to the material and through the material.

In fact, your role is just to be fully with the material.

The beyondness happens on its own, there you cannot do anything and that is Grace.

You go and be fully present to the wave and the naad happens on its own. You do not search for it, you do not expect it, you do not try, you do not say that I have come to listen to the wave so that I may get to hear the naad. If you do that then forget the naad you’ll not be able to listen even to the wave.

To try for the world beyond, is a sure shot way to miss not only the world beyond but also this world.


~ Excerpts from a ‘Shabd-Yoga’ session. Edited for clarity.

Watch the session: Acharya Prashant: Hear noise? Both hearing and noise are proofs of Silence

Read more articles on this topic:

Article 1: To maintain silence is to maintain yourself; your silence is the noise that you are

Article 2: On Upanishad: When you are conscious of Silence, it is noise

Article 3: On Raman Maharishi: Only Silence communicates fully; let words come from Silence


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The mind doesn’t know simplicity

We try to use our peaceless-ness to come to peace.

We try very complex ways to come to simplicity; because that’s the only tool available to the mind. The mind doesn’t know simplicity, it knows complexity; so mind will use violence to come to love.

Why are we fighting?

Because we love each other so much.

Why do you have such a large army?

Because it is a peace-keeping force.

And don’t we give those names?

After all, what is happening at the macro level is just a reflection of the micro. What nations are doing is just an aggregation of what the individual mind is.


~ Excerpts from the article, Destiny is not what you will be, Destiny is what you really are