After the high of the camp, if one’s consciousness again starts slipping back
The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question: Acharya Ji, why do I slip back to my old habits even after an intense camp with you?
Acharya Prashant (AP): The momentum of your tendencies is still very strong. You will need to be very careful for at least a few months, and you will need to reboot the entire system again and again.
This is your reboot camp.
Listener (L): Why does this happen Acharya Ji? What is the reason?
AP: Just come to a standstill, a total conclusion. It happens because you do not allow it to.
“Why do I do that? Why don’t I allow it to come to an end?”
(Referring to his body) Because of ‘this’. What is ‘this’?
AP: What to do? It’s such a bad companion.
L: Is it biological, or is it psychological?
AP: Both. Psychology riding upon Biology.
First of all the brain is hard-wired in a particular way. It’s the brain that is conditioned to seek security, pleasure, continuation.
And then there are the various social influences: college, peers, media, and such things.
Those influences ride upon the hard wiring, and what you get is the ‘double-whammy’.
L: Initially I could make decisions related to what I want, the power to choose between wrong and right. It was easier for me to make choices. But slowly…
AP: There is confusion?
L: Not confusion, but unconsciously going with the flow.
AP: That was happening. Had you been totally unconscious, you would have not come to even the first camp. Had you been totally unconscious, you would not have opted for the camp in the first place.
In fact, life will become tougher for a while for you. So many things that appeared instinctively right, would now appear hazy, debatable. There would be confusion where you earlier assumed clarity.
This will happen for a while. Not for too long, for a few months maybe. That’s your recuperation period.
There will be temptations.
Old habits, old environments will beckon you, but stand still and strong.
Don’t give up.
It’s a battle worth fighting and worth winning.
Don’t lose this one.
If you can win this one, then in all the forthcoming battles of life, victory is guaranteed.
Just win this one.
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