Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (diaogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question: When I see any children in a slum or working in a construction site, I feel like giving them all the knowledge, or at least help them to study the basic things, but then a thought comes that I am still not in a condition to help anyone, first acquire knowledge and get a job so that I am able to financially support anyone.
Acharya Prashant: How much knowledge do you want to acquire? Let’s say, you invest all your life in acquiring knowledge, how much of that would you have by the end of your life? Let’s say all your current knowledge is 1 GB and the remaining life is invested all in just adding to this database. How much would you have in your hundredth year? Give me a number.
Listener: 1 TB.
AP: What about 10100 TB? Is that kind of knowledge possible or not?
L: It is.
AP: Even if you have all the knowledge that you can have, how much would still be left to be known?
L: A lot more.
AP: Infinitely more. Do you want to wait to get knowledge? You’ll keep waiting because knowledge is endless.
L: But there is one more thing if I am not financially strong how can I help others?
AP: How much money do you want?
Don’t you see all these are the tricks of the mind to delay the right action? Don’t you see that the mind wants to be certain of something that it can never actually be certain of?
Have you ever seen a man who is convinced of the fullness of his knowledge? Do the senses ever stop absorbing knowledge? Yes? Does a man really ever say that money is enough? He may give up, that is another thing, but does he ever become contended with money?
There are people who go into retirement, say that they want no more money. That is not the same as saying that money is contentment. These are numbers and no number is ever final. You will keep waiting.
The one, who starts, starts today itself because it is possible only today. You don’t have to start in a big way. You feel you are small, start in a small way.