How to be free from the ego and intellect?

Acharya Prashant
6 min readJun 15, 2020

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

Questioner: So, yesterday I was here, you pointed that I am enslaved by my own intellect. I kind of thought about that overnight and I realized, how you are right, and how my intellect is tied to my ego as well; and in order to feed my ego I am constantly having to prove my intellect and it is just an ongoing cycle. Do you have any suggestions to break that cycle?

Acharya Prashant: Experiment!

Q: Experiment with what?

AP: Experiment with remaining purposeless, reasonless and causeless.

The intellect thrives on reason and purpose, whenever you do something the intellect says, “For what?” “Give me a reason.” “What do you ‘get’ from this?”

The intellect is very profit orientated. Experiment with living without the profit purpose.

Experiment with wandering without a destination or an objective. You can’t yet commit yourself to it. That is too much to ask, so I say, “Try it out a little; experiment, explore.” Maybe you will get the flavor of something that will spur you on.

‘Do stuff without any ostensible reason at least’.

Give yourself the freedom to just, ‘be’ — without being constrained. ‘Listen’ without concluding. That’s just too much for the intellect, to listen and yet not be left with something concrete at the end of the listening, and that is why, intellect is hellbent on ending the listening,because the conclusion comes only when the listening ends.

Fall freely, trust a little more and get deceived, and see how the greatest deception that the world can offer, is still too small in front of you.

You are afraid that if the world hurts you, you would be wounded beyond healing. Let them hurt you, only then you will discover that you are probably bigger than all hurt.

You can take it and still not only survive but prosper. Prosper with richness, inner richness. You will have to in other words, ‘act a little foolish’. Unless, you act stupidly in the frame of reference of the intellect, you are still a prisoner to the intellect.