Enlightened masters, and lack of clarity

Acharya Prashant
3 min readJul 9, 2021

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

Questioner: Acharya Ji, Pranaam! I have received so many practices of meditation by meeting so many enlightened masters, but I am unable to get what to follow. All gave different methods.

Even if the mind intends to follow certain methods, it gets confused.

What to follow?

Acharya Prashant: Then you have come to the wrong person. In this world where nothing is definite, of one thing I am very definite — I am not Enlightened. And you have already met so many enlightened masters. The wonderful thing is that all the enlightened masters have only confused you.


(Pointing at himself) Now, how can this unenlightened one clear the confusion? I swear that I am not, and would never be enlightened in this life. Of this one thing I am definitely sure — no Enlightenment for me.

Kid, where have you been roaming? Little kids wandering out at night, meeting enlightened ghosts, and getting scared and confused. I am a normal human being. If you are confused, how are you not equally confused in whether or not those people are enlightened?

If one is confused, one ought to be confused about a lot of things. Confusion after all is more fundamental than any particular matter of confusion. The confused mind would not find clarity in any matter. Or would it? Or do you want to tell me that you are confused about everything but this? Of this, you are very sure.

One doesn’t go to meet Enlightened Masters for the simple reason that Enlightenment does not make itself known in a crude or demonstrative way. The other’s Enlightenment is actually your own.

What you call the Light of your eyes, is it not the same as the Light of the world? And if you do not have Light in your eyes, can you see any Light in the world? Can you? So without being Enlightened yourself, how did you discover that those masters were Enlightened?

Now let me drop you a hint.

If one searches, one can only search in the same dimension one is in. Fish don’t climb trees and pigs don’t fly. Do they?

Acharya Prashant