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

Questioner (Q): I think you were saying that we have to get rid of all the problems. So, yesterday we were also talking about the bodily tendencies which are there by default and we still have to go ahead towards the destination which is Mukti. So, if I am combining it, what I feel is that: one is solving the problem, the other one is the identification of a problem- whether something is really a problem or not. Things that are by default there in your body…


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

Questioner (Q): Sir, usually when we want to achieve something or we want to become a better person, we usually push boundaries. And when we push boundaries, we encounter pain. So, now what happens usually, every day, when I am trying to push my boundaries in any field, for example, then the pain starts accumulating over time and that will slowly, at the end of the week or end of the month, it will just implode. So what is your suggestion for this?

Acharya Prashant (AP): You…


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

Questioner (Q): Acharya Ji, in a recent session, one has heard from you that the binary of going up and down in life, will continue. It would never happen that you would have either only highs or only lows. So, somebody had asked that the person was experiencing these highs and lows very frequently. So, I could relate to this question and I was in a way anticipating a response, but what you said was very radical for me. You had said that such a movement will…


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

Questioner (Q): Acharya Ji, pranam. Gail decided what he would like to do when he was just 16 and followed it throughout his life. I have always been risk-averse and I have followed a conventional career path.

I have planned to go for MBA next, though I decided this long back there is also a feeling in me that I should experiment and do more of what I like. I am trying to understand why it is so difficult for me to follow my inner voice. How…


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

Questioner: I work as a software engineer. My pocket is filling but not my heart. I quit my job two years ago and volunteer for an NGO which is a spiritual foundation. But somehow there was no transformation or peace within me even after one year of volunteering. So, I went back to my job and now after one year, I feel like I want to do something meaningful again. But the past failure has left a scar in my life. …


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

Questioner: I have listened to some of your talks where future planning has been treated as a form of insecurity. Although I am working now, there is no pension later on; so definitely, I need to plan the expenditure after my retirement. This makes me feel guilty that I don’t have the faith or the guts to walk on the path of truth. So is it that I am making a mistake by saving the money?

Acharya Prashant: The question is not that you are not planning…


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

Acharya Prashant: Which aspect of the mind do you get rid of, or what kind of threat to the mind do you ward off by being in the forest?

Yes, everything that the presence of the other person gives you. So the forest does not have to be a literal one. By being in the forest, it is not literally meant that you have to be in the woods. Proceed by way of negation.

Being in the forest indicates psychologically not being with people. Psychologically not being…


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

Questioner: Nowadays whenever I feel that I should not do something, I don’t do it. I’m not planning much and this includes me not offering prayers to God. Is this okay?

Acharya Prashant: Arun (Questioner), that which we call as a feeling is not really so internal that may deserve to be heartfully followed. You’re saying, these days you don’t offer prayers to God when you don’t feel like. These days you don’t bow down to God. I don’t know much about that but what is certain…


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

Questioner: Pranam Acharya Ji, as you suggested, I have started stepping out of my house and I have admitted my son to a nearby school. I noticed that the teachers are harsh with the students, and I’m worried that my son would be forced to learn instead of being allowed to learn at his own pace. But I also know that there are not many schools that provide a healthy environment to children. How should I look at this situation? I have also noticed that I’m scared…


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

Acharya Prashant (AP): Whenever something important will happen in your life, whenever you will go through a transformation, it will be total. It will affect every aspect of your living. Your relationships will change; your clothes will change; your food will change; your voice will change; your thoughts will change; even your face will change. If you block any of these from changing, then you will block the transformations also.

In fact, that is why the life of the man devoted to Truth is a very dynamic…

Acharya Prashant

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