Don’t block the bridge for others

Acharya Prashant
4 min readNov 1, 2020

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

Question: Acharya Ji, you recently said that if one is attached to the Teacher, then he blocks the bridge for others. Please help me understand this.

Acharya Prashant (AP): Yes, of course.

The Teacher is the bridge — a bridge between dimensions.

One end of the bridge is this world — space and time, thoughts, emotions, appearances.

The other end of the bridge is another dimension — silence, no space, no time, no movement.

But the movement into timelessness begins from a point, that is time-bound. The one who is ushering you into the Timeless is himself time-bound.

The Atman might be immortal, the body of the Teacher is mortal.

The Truth might be timeless, but the Teacher, as a body, has only definite time. He uses that time. And that is the only proper use of anybody’s time — to move into the Timeless.

That is the proper use of life in this dualistic world — to move into That, which is beyond duality. So, the Guru, the Teacher, spends his life, spends his time, holding the hands of others, ushering them, escorting them into the Timeless.

That is the use of his time.

But he has limited time. To encroach upon his time, to impinge upon his time, is therefore a greater fault than encroaching upon a so-called normal individual’s time.

The time of the Teacher is sacred.

The time of the Teacher is very-very precious.

We use our time to extend and continue time, he uses his time to terminate time. Terminate time, not only for himself, but for the entire humanity.

The time of the Guru is most precious. The mental space of the Guru is most sacred because he uses that mental space to take everybody beyond the mind. But remember, he exists as a body, as a human being. So, he has only limited time, and limited mental space. His resources are demarcated.

Therefore, being attached to the Teacher is not only a personal fault, it is actually a disservice to mankind.

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