Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Questioner: Is hyperactivity, a lot of energy, a good thing or a bad thing? And it is nothing but the urge to be more knowledgeable about the truth. Yes, I am obsessed with this word- Truth, since I was a kid. And also I can’t meditate, to be very frank with you. And also I do not like to go to these courses where they teach you how to meditate. It’s just never made sense to me. So is there any way to be just calm and settled or you have to work really hard to achieve that stage?
Acharya Prashant: You never went to these meditation courses, right?
AP: Still you manage to have these corrupt concepts?
I thought people who only go to these courses become a little rotten. But even you are carrying a lot of concepts about it. From where did you get that?
Q: All these advertisements that tell you to meditate and then you’ll be happy, calm etc.
So the courses on meditation are successful when they are able to enroll somebody and they are successful even when they are not able to enroll somebody. You still manage to imbibe the concepts that they are sending out and that they stand for.
Q: Yes and they are hollow because it is a temporary feeling. And when it goes on, then the restlessness goes on. But still, the question remains.
AP: All that you are saying is premised in the assumption that one must be quiet.
Now, why must one be quiet?
Q: I never got the answer to this question.
AP: Who told you that you must be quiet and look like that image of the saint?
Q: It’s just projected everywhere.
AP: And you didn’t enroll, and yet bought what they were selling! So, they are still successful. We must congratulate them.
Who told you that you have to look like the image of the Buddha?
Who told you that you must sit in a particular asana?