Confidence is Fear

Acharya Prashant
2 min readJun 22, 2020

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

Question: What is meant by saying that confidence is fear? And secondly, does it practically help me to know this?

Acharya Prashant: If you really come to understand that confidence is fear, then the question of the application of your understanding becomes redundant.

Because whatever you do is anyway an application of the mind. It’s like asking that if I lose disease, if I regain health, what would be the practical application of that health?

Whatever you do, you do either in your state of disease, or your state of health. If you are healthy, then whatever you do, will be a healthy act. Whatever you do.

Hence, there is no particular application. It’s like asking the doctor that if my eyes get better, what is it that I will be able to see more clearly? Well, nothing in particular.

Because whatever you look at, you anyway look at it through your eyes. And so, if your eyes get better, whatever you look at, you will be able to see with more clarity.

So if you understand, then whatever you do, whether it is about tying a shoelace, or cleaning a fan, or driving a car, or chumming with a kid, or playing in a field, working in an office, mingling with friends, Love, life, livelihood, everything would be in the light of what you are.

It always is, is it not?

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