How do you want to live?

Acharya Prashant
5 min readSep 23, 2021

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

Acharya Prashant: There is a very pithy statement from the essay ‘Listen, Little Man’. It says, “You put security before Truth.” Addressing the little man it is said, “You put security before Truth.” So the questioner is saying, “Pranam Acharya Ji, this statement is very true in my life and for most people I see every day. We spend our active years running behind security in the form of money, power, position, prestige, respect, etc. And we also spend the rest of our pity lives trying to safeguard fake things. What security to achieve when death is certain? Real and eternal security seems to be at the Lord’s feet. But this knowledge too is second-hand for me. I can see the rubbish all around but I’m unable to see the ever-present Truth. Please help!”

This security, this eternity, this mention of the Lord, and this ever-present Truth that you are talking of, they will not be seen here or there or anywhere. They are not in the world. You are saying that you see the rubbish all around but you do not see the Truth anywhere. Then, where to find eternity or security or the Lord?

You will not find the Truth anywhere, here there. Truth does not lie in the objects you look at. Truth lies in your relationship with them. If you can give depth at any moment to any of your relationships with any of the objects there is Truth, there is eternity. There is eternity in that moment. Eternity is not an expanse in time. Eternity is not a stretch of time. Eternity is another dimension. Eternity is the depth contained in any given moment of time. You could simply say, eternity lies in the quality of time.

Outside, what we see is just quantity. We have quantities, this that; a thousand objects, the entire diversity of the universe, that’s quantity. Where does quality lie? Quality does not lie in the objects themselves. I do not mean to say that a thousand bicycles are quantity and a BMW car is quality. No, that’s not what I am saying. I’m saying quality lies in the depth, the closeness, the independence, the freedom that is there in your relationship with any object. And it could be any object if you want to say that. If you look around and find only rubbish then there can be eternity in your relationship with rubbish. If you can investigate…

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