Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner (Q): How to be happy without depending on others?

Acharya Prashant (AP): First of all, one begins by seeing that the happiness that is obtained by depending on others has certain transience about it. That helps us be disengaged from that kind of happiness. Otherwise, if one is certain that the source of happiness is in the world, lies in the others, then the very possibility, the very inspiration to seek differently doesn’t arise.

So, we begin by honestly examining what we are anyway usually doing. We…


Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner (Q): Acharya Ji, how do I live my daily life regardless of my family, job, financial situation, mood, or body to reach the Truth? Ramana Maharshi says,

“One’s duty is to practice continuous self-inquiry.”

I am not able to practice continuous self-inquiry due to my mind’s tendencies. Please help and guide me.

Acharya Prashant (AP): I want to enquire into your question. You are asking how to live a life dedicated to Truth, irrespective of one’s family, job, financial situation, mood, or body. I want to ask…


Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Acharya Prashant (AP): (Reading, Salok Mahalla 9 Guru Teg Bahadur)

“One who is not affected by pleasure and pain, who looks upon friend and enemy alike, says Nanak, listen mind, know that such a person is liberated.”

(Hindi- “harsh, shok vyape nahin bairi meet saman”)

~ Salok Mahalla 9, Guru Teg Bahadur

AP: (Reading question) “If friendship and enmity are the results of unfulfilled desires, then the reactions towards them also come from a point of unfulfillment. …


Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner: Acharya Ji, I have three questions. I think, according to me, all three are co-related to each other. I want to know how to make the best use of resources. And how to manage oneself. And how to be better with decision making. Because on a recent day, I found that I’m not good enough with my resources like time, money. Then, my elder brother said to me that I’m not good enough with my decision-making. And I also admit it.

Acharya Prashant: When you say how…


Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Question (Q): Acharya Ji, being in Satsang, my mind is peaceful. But after some trigger happens, it gets deviated. How to deal with these external problems?

Acharya Prashant (AP): The trigger does not work really automatically. You program yourself to be triggered. You are standing and a fellow comes over and slaps you hard on your shoulder from behind. The automated response is to turn back and look at him. But if he is a friend then the same touch or hit or a slap often becomes a…


Interviewer (I): We’re in Rishikesh, India and with me for today’s episode podcast is Acharya Prashant, who is a spiritual teacher and philosopher of Vedic tradition. It’s a pleasure to have you join us for the podcast.

Perhaps we could begin with, what inspired you to give up quite a successful career and embark on a path of a spiritual teacher?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Every person, every individual, does what he deems to be of importance. And I could begin to see with some clarity that though all the tasks that are commonly performed in the worldly economic domain have…


Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner (Q): Acharya Ji, how to remain conscious of my actions when hormonal imbalance overpowers my ability to opt for conscious behavior over compulsive behavior? And since it happens only at certain intervals, I am actually conscious of the facts. I don’t know if that is sufficient or whether anything can be done about the compulsive part.

Acharya Prashant (AP): So there’s the type of behavior that we call as, the questioner is calling as, compulsive behavior. And she is rightly relating it to bodily secretion and hormonal…


Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner: How to keep our priorities right in every situation? I am frequently confused in a situation where I have to prioritize one thing over the other. For example, work vs family, work vs rest, saving money vs spending money, etc. There never seems to be a clear answer in such situations. Please guide.

Acharya Prashant: How can anybody prioritize anything over the other? To know whether one thing is more important than other, you have to know whether one thing is more important for you than the…


Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

वाग्मिप्राज्ञामहोद्योगं जनं मूकजडालसम् ।करोति तत्त्वबोधोऽयमतस्त्यक्तो बुभुक्षभिः ॥ १५-३॥

vāgmiprājñāmahodyogaṃ janaṃ mūkajaḍālasam ।karoti tattvabodho’yamatastyakto bubhukṣabhiḥ ॥ 15–3॥

This awareness of the Truth makes an eloquent, clever and energetic man dumb, stupid and lazy,and therefore Truth is avoided by those whose aim is pleasure. || 15.3 ||

~ Ashtavakra Gita

Question (Q): Acharaya Ji, Pranaam! Please help me understand the given verse from Ashtavakra Gita.

Acharya Prashant (AP): “Truth makes the eloquent man dumb.”

Ashtavakra is saying, “Truth makes the eloquent man dumb, the clever man stupid, and the energetic…


Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner: At one place you say, “To know your intentions watch your actions”. But at some other place you say, “Action does not matter, the actor does.” I see a contradiction here. Kindly clarify.

Acharya Prashant: When I say, “To know your intentions watch your actions”, I want you to be guarded against the hypocrisy of the Ego.

The Ego loves to carry images of everything, it lives in imaginations. It has no truth therefore all that it has is images. So it has images of everything, and…

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