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

Questioner (Q): Acharya Ji, is this possible to not expect anything from the child and let him do whatever he wants?

Acharya Prashant (AP): First of all, please see that we are not talking imaginary stuff here. Given the way we are, can we let our kids live without expectation? We expect value even from half a rupee we spend. That’s how we are. But you are saying, “If we let the child be free.” Is there anybody that we can let free?

Is there anybody we…


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

Questioner (Q): Acharya Ji, do you believe in past life?

Acharya Prashant (AP): That is irrelevant. Will I find you after your death? Will even you find yourself after your death?

Q: I may be in a different body.

AP: In a different body, will you have the same psyche, the same identity? You are a ‘person’, and a person is driven by identities. Forget about having a new life after death, even in this life if I give you the option that your personality will be…


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

Questioner (Q): Sir, there are certain reactions within that I can see but cannot control. For example, whenever my wife speaks anything about business, I just go mad. I’ve tried to look at it also and at times, I see that and I relate that to the feeling that she thinks I am incompetent but somehow I am not able to help it. That reaction is so instant that the moment she says something about business and I just shout, I just scream.

Acharya Prashant (AP): When…


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

Questioner (Q): Pranaam sir, my question is- I have this very low self-image of myself in my mind, and I have this need to seek validation from others all the time and this has been for a long time for almost till whenever I can remember. But, just recently I have been understanding the intensity of the problem and all my actions and all my goals are coming out of that self-image that I have. So, I have always heard you talk about this inner sureness and…


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

योगसंन्यस्तकर्माणं ज्ञानसंछिन्नसंशयम्।

आत्मवन्तं न कर्माणि निबध्नन्ति धनञ्जय।।4.41।।

yoga-sannyasta-karmāṇaṁ jñāna-sañchhinna-sanśhayam

ātmavantaṁ na karmāṇi nibadhnanti dhanañjaya

Actions do not bind the one, who has renounced actions through Yoga, whose doubts have been fully dispelled by Realization and who is poised in the Self, O Dhananjaya

~ Chapter 4, Verse 41

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Acharya Prashant (AP): “Actions do not bind the one,” obviously Krishna sees our actions as bondage; that is why he refers to the Yogi as someone whose actions do not bind him. What is this bondage…


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

नाहं देहो न मे देहो बोधोऽहमिति निश्चयी।

कैवल्यं इव संप्राप्तो न स्मरत्यकृतं कृतम्॥

~ अष्टावक्र गीता (अध्याय ११, श्लोक ६)

Neither I am this body, nor this body is mine.I am pure knowledge. One who knows it with definiteness gets liberated in this life. He neither remembers acts done in past nor worries of future.

~ Ashtavakra Gita (Chapter 11, Verse 6)

Question: “Nāhaṁ deho na me deho (Neither I am this body, nor this body is mine).”

How is the statement, “Neither I am this body,”…


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

Questioner (Q): Whenever I want to do something new, I am always afraid that I might fail. So, I keep a backup plan for myself, that in case I fail, I will do this another thing. And I don’t know if this is the right way of thinking or approaching a new thing.

Acharya Prashant (AP): No it’s good. Plan A fails, you want to have plan B. plan B fails, then plan C is there. It’s alright.

But you must also know that plan A, B…


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

Questioner: Acharya Ji, it is a question about selfless goals. I have not understood ‘goals’ yet. The freedom fighters, social workers, humanitarians are all working tirelessly to achieve something. What’s my responsibility towards my country, people, and religion? For example, our culture and tradition need to be preserved. Is it not good to have a goal beyond one’s selfish desires?

Acharya Prashant: The only genuine goal is the one that fulfills your life. Obviously, when you are talking about having goals, you are talking about having goals…


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

Questioner (Q): Sir, why should I care about global warming or any political situation in a country? If the world is unreal, then why do all these things matter?

Acharya Prashant (AP): You don’t care about global warming. Do you?

Q: But still, why should anyone care about global warming?

AP: You forget about others because you do not know others. But you anyway don’t care about global warming, do you? So, from where is the question ‘Why should I care about global warming’ coming?

Q: Sir…


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

Questioner: Pranaam Acharya Ji. First of all tonnes of gratitude, Acharya Ji. I never thought that there would be such deep knowledge in the Upanishads. Thank you so much! When you were saying that sages went out and stayed in the forest for self-realization — Is it not selfish?

I also remember a quote of Ramana Maharshi where he says, “Your own self-realization is the biggest service to the world.” But I don’t understand this statement. How does this really help the world?

Sometimes, I do feel…

Acharya Prashant

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