False masters and false teachings

Acharya Prashant
7 min readMay 26, 2021

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

Questioner: Yesterday you spoke about the relevance of spirituality where you dismissed the disregard towards scriptures that the Sadgurus of the world speak of. Now I feel, I am broken in the sense that I don’t know whether to be associated with him anymore. And I also think that if this can happen now with them, it may happen with you as well. Where if I am emotionally invested with Advait (Acharya Prashant’s Foundation) and somebody else happens to speak a point about you that disregards your views, I might find myself shattered again.

What do I do?

Acharya Prashant: Get shattered. Do you like things that get shattered? You don’t. So let them get shattered. For the Truth, the words used are akhand (Unbroken), atoot. What does that mean? That which cannot be divided, broken, fragmented, shattered, avibhajya, anavyeva, aparimeya. Aparimeya means that which cannot be measured. Anavyeva means that which has no components. Avibhajya means that which cannot be divided.

If there is something that can be broken let it be broken. How does it matter whether the broken stuff carries the name of that teacher or this teacher? If this one (indicating himself) is telling you something that cannot pass the test of Truth why should you continue to keep false teachings with you? The one mark of Truth is timelessness.

Seasons come and go, Upanishads remain relevant. Nobody has been able to blemish them or prove them false. And that’s why they are valuable, right? If there is something that can be proven false, dismiss it, obviously, and move on. Move on till you eventually come to something that cannot be shattered.

Why do you want to get fixated to anybody? And anybody includes (Indicating towards himself). You have a love for that which cannot change with time. That’s why man fears death. Your core is in love with that which time cannot hurt or change or remove.

You want something that can never be outdated. Something that can never be improved anymore. Something beyond which no better exists. You must be able to clearly say, “Nothing better than this exists.” All these are names of the Truth that to which nothing is better.

Acharya Prashant

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