Feeling threatened by the world, you seek false security from the same world

Acharya Prashant
5 min readNov 9, 2020

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

Question: What exactly is the difference between ‘being at the mercy of circumstances’ and ‘being a superconductor’?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Who gave you this phrase — ‘at the mercy of circumstances’? Who gave you this phrase?

Listener (L): I was listening to one of your videos where you have said that in the ‘chaos’ stage, one is at the mercy of circumstances, and one is not rooted anywhere.

AP: Where is this phrase coming from — ‘at the mercy of circumstances’? Does it come to anybody who is not in that chaos stage that you are talking of? Is it a spiritual phrase — ‘at the mercy of circumstances’?

When you say, “At the mercy of circumstances,” there are two things that are contained in it. One, the world is a hostile place. Second, that you are being affected by that hostile place. Do you see this? Are any of these statements, of the Truth? Is any of this a part of the spiritual lexicon? Do any of these apply to any mind, other than the chaotic mind?

Then, if you ask me, “What is the difference between ‘being at the mercy of circumstances’ and ‘being a superconductor?” the difference between these two, is the difference between the minds, to which these two phrases apply. ‘At the mercy of circumstances’ applies to, as you said, a chaotic mind. And ‘being a superconductor’, applies to the unified, integrated mind. That is the difference.

When you are a superconductor, this phrase — at the mercy of circumstances — this phrase simply does not occur to you, because it can occur only to a very violent and fragmented mind, a mind that feels that the world is a dangerous, inimical place.

Only to that mind will this sort of thought come, that — “I am at the mercy of circumstances.” It just a matter of thought, you know. One could be standing shelterless and it starts raining. In one mind, a thought could arise, “I am just at the mercy of circumstances.” In another mind, there could be a totally different thought. And in another mind, there could be no thought at all.

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