Hollow trees are so easily felled by winds

Acharya Prashant
3 min readJan 26, 2023

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

Question (Q): Sir, my question is that how can one realize a thing to such an extent that he starts applying it in his life?

Acharya Prashant (AP): We had said that to realize something, two steps are needed:

1. Attentive observation of the mind and the world.

2. Faithful reading of wisdom literature.

Both these steps need to be carried out continuously and patiently for some time.

There have been rare people who refused to accept conditioning and suffering as their destiny. They put in everything they had to really understand what is going on. They said they cannot waste life living without knowing.

They realized, and then in compassion, helped others realize.

Mankind is grateful that their words exist in a recorded form for us. Whatever precious that we have today comes from them.

Upanishads, Ashtavakra, Kabir, Sufis, Buddha, Lao Tzu, and many others have left their precious words. To miss them is to miss life. No man can be called educated if he has not read them.

Q: Sir, these days people do not have faith in god and on their inner strength. They go to saints, visit different religious places and practice different rituals. They trust these things so much but not their inner strength. Why?

AP: When one is hollow from within, then every small force on the outside becomes too big for us.

Hollow trees are so easily felled by winds.

Have you seen how people’s priorities are decided by external happenings?

Q: Yes Sir, I agree. But the trust of these people in these rituals and practices is very high. It cannot be easily shaken. Why is it so?

AP: Superstitious and hollow people have no faith. They only have beliefs.

And beliefs we all have. To believe is to do something, to accept something, without understanding.

Some believe in Babas. We can laugh at them.

Some believe that their religion is the best.