The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Questioner(Q): Dear Acharya Ji, Pranaam!
Since three months we have been studying Guru Granth sahib, and my mind is filled with love for God, his name, and devotion for Guru. Today is the last class, so I wished to conclude all that I have learned and listened to so far with more clarity.
Quoting from Sukhmani sahib firstly:
“Renounce all clever tricks, O mind.
In the company of the holy, you shall obtain the true wealth
So, gather the Lord’s name as your capital, and trade in it.
Meditate on the One, and worship the One.
Remember the One, and yearn for the One in your mind.
Sing the endless glorious Praises of the One.
With mind and body, meditate on the One Lord God.”
Guru Nanak Ji, speaks about the clever tricks of the mind, the true wealth, and the trade by using Naam as the capital, what do they mean? And he has instructed us to remember, worship, sing and praise the glories and meditate on the One Lord all the time. Do all of them mean the same thing or are they different from each other? I don’t know exactly what to do.
Acharya Ji, you have already spoken on them, yet I request you to kindly speak one more time, please. Thank you! for your kindness.
With love and gratitude.
Acharya Prashant (AP): What do the clever tricks of the mind mean? The mind tricks itself, it has nobody else to make a fool of. The entire world is a projection of the mind, so even if the mind is tricking the other, it is essentially tricking itself. And what is the trick? The mind knows very well that its deep quest is for God. The mind knows that it is actually hungry for the eternal one, but still, it somehow manages to convince itself, that the formed ones, that the ephemeral ones, that the worldly ones will quench its thirst, that’s how it tricks itself.
It never tells itself, “I am harming myself deliberately,” even when it is indulging in the most stupid of tricks, what does it tell itself? It says, “I am doing something good; I will get good…