- “Life is not torturing you, deceiving you, or defeating you. Beloved life is just wildly playing with you. Learn to play the great game”
- “Three levels of influence. The three fake ‘I’s.
1. When the influence is superficial, you call it influence /imposition
2. When the influence is very deep, you call it your interest.
3. When the influence has penetrated the very depth of mind – you call it your individuality. This is the most chronic and tragic.”
- “Only a spiritual mind can know the smallest right decision. That is our tragedy: an irreligious mind cannot take even the smallest decision rightly. His life is just a melancholy tale of an uninterrupted series of tragedies. Only a spiritual mind can take right decision – big or small.”
- “The clever mind’s tragedy is that it distrusts nothing more than itself, and yet has nothing more than itself to find out what to trust.”
- ““‘He’ wants a cure”, therein lies the whole contradiction. ‘He’ wants the cure. Who is this ‘he’? The disease itself. The cure is his elimination. Will he take the cure? So, that’s human tragedy! What we want is our own elimination. The highest is available to us but at the cost of our being – this limited self. That’s human predicament. There is an invaluable good there. You can take it. The good is invaluable and the price is infinite.”
“Most of your money is just psychological security in the bank account, right? How much of it do you really eat, breathe, live? You use it just as a number to console yourself. Don’t you? Will you ever use that money, seriously? For most of us, money is just a mental comfort. Something to be used in future. The whole concept of saving, is it not a disease of the mind?
Keep saving! Keep saving! Saving for what? And mind you, if you die, even with one rupee in your bank account, then is that not a tragedy? Why did you spend your life earning that one rupee? Why? Now you have died and that one rupee is still there. The fact is, most of us die with so many rupees in our account. Why do you leave anything behind?
Ask yourself sincerely, ‘How much do you really need?’”
- “Man’s tragedy is that he has to prove again and again to himself that he exists. And then he has to repeatedly check that his existence is not threatened.”
“Tragedy of the knowledge dependent man:
He has no central internal anchor; he does not have an untouched, secure point to live by.
It is a mind dependent on knowledge.
So some external news came and because this man was probably defining himself with respect to the external, a change in the external caused tremors in the internal.
You know that the one you are relying on is going to deceive you. Once again he is going to deceive you. You know you are going to end up disappointed yet again. But you end up knocking on the same door. You end up walking down the same road. This is not Faith. This is not Love. This is pure desperate dependency.”
These quotes have come from talks and writings of Acharya Prashant