Anybody who just pays attention sees the Truth

Acharya Prashant
2 min readMar 17, 2023

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

Question: Dear Sir, in the last few days my reading and my own experiences have made me come to realize a lot of things. But I am still left with three questions. The three questions are:

1. How did our ancients understand and come to believe in Advaita? How did they arrive at this?

2. Is compassion innate?

3. What is the essence of beings which is often mentioned as sat-chit-anand. Is it pleasure? How can I even know this?

Acharya Prashant (AP): 1. By observation and attention.

Not only the ancients, even you and me have learnt ONLY this way. Rest all is knowledge, coming from outside, with a different use. We learn by observation and attention only. The reminders all are present in the external world. The sky, the streams, the changing seasons, the acts of the mind, the bodily senses, birth and death, the entire movement of nature. Anybody who just pays attention sees the Truth.

2. Fullness is compassion. Fullness is innate. The full vessel will but overflow. Christ said something along the lines of this-“For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be…