Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Questioner: How to deal with pain and hurt?
Dedicate your time to something sublime, and then you will not be available to get hurt. You are hurt because you are available.
Why are you walking around with free mental space, and spare time?
Be fully dedicated to something worthy, then all these little bruises and wounds, and rubs, will not bother you.
Life hurts and wounds, only those who are jobless.
Why are you jobless?
To be born, is to be born into one great job. What is that job? The life-long mission of Liberation.
You have to be fully employed there. It’s a full-time job, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three sixty five days a year. But you do not do justice to real occupation. You steal time. And then your punishment is, that the world will hurt you.
Your theft costs you very dearly.
Be fully consumed in the one, great, divine mission.Otherwise, life will beat you down very badly.
You have been entrusted with time, not so that you while it away. You have been entrusted with your fifty or eighty years, so that you make the best use of every second.
Your time is not your personal property. It has been entrusted to you.
You better use it for the designated and assigned purpose.
Somebody asked the Satan, “How do you corrupt a being?” He says, “It’s easy. I just whisper into his ears, ‘Your time is your time’.” And that’s the assumption we all have bought into — ‘I have the personal time.’ Not a second of your time is your’s.
Caught in petty politics, caught in this and that, whenever you will come to me citing these things, I will have just one quick question to ask, “From where did you get time to be caught in pettiness? You thief.”
It’s like entrusting a kid with his books, and you have told him to be with his books, the mathematics lessons to be finished-off. And after a while he comes and says, “You know daddy, I got bruised in the football field…