A young man must have a healthy contempt towards the world

Acharya Prashant
9 min readOct 20, 2020

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

Question (Q): Sir, I recognize that there is a thirst in me. Where am I missing out? Is It forgotten, or maybe just missed? What is the reason? Why is it happening?

Acharya Prashant (AP): You still have some belief, in all that has been fed into you. Society, culture, all kinds of inputs that your mind has received, have told you that venues of emancipation do exist within this world.

You have been told that there are objects and people within the world, that can offer you the ultimate.

And you have been repeatedly told that. You have been repeatedly told that the Highest that is possible to a man, is a worldly thing.

So even though you experience the urge for the Highest, yet you rush outwards, to fulfill that urge.

Experiencing that urge is a welcome sign. But the direction in which you go for fulfillment is a foolish direction. That urge is real, but the means, the methods, and the directions you are choosing will not quench that thirst. Why are you choosing those means and directions? It is because you have been told that the valuable lies outside of you.