Enlightenment is the most fundamental myth

Acharya Prashant
11 min readNov 22, 2020

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

Question: What is the most fundamental step in the liberation of the Self? Is the liberation of the Self a gradual process or is it instantaneous like switching on a light?

Acharya Prashant (AP): It is neither. Liberation is just another name for the Self. The Self by nature is liberated. Hence there can be no liberation of the Self. One is already and always liberated.

Liberation is what you really are. Even in the moment of your deepest apparent bondage, you are liberated.

Even if you believe yourself in all kinds of chains, you are still liberated. Bondage is just the thought of bondage.

And pay attention: bondage is equally the thought of liberation.

Slaves are those who believe they are slaves and slaves are those who believe they are free.

The beliefs themselves are the bondage, it does not matter what you believe in.

The fact that you take yourself to be a belief is bondage. I repeat- if you think you are a slave, it is bondage, and if you think you are free, you are in deeper bondage.

Whatever you think about yourself — is the bondage. Liberation is the great silence that you