How to heal the wounds of past?

Acharya Prashant
10 min readSep 4, 2021

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

Acharya Prashant (AP): You see, you are a human being. It is neither possible nor advisable for you to just give up on the past. The body is nothing but a flow of the past stretching over time. So you can’t just wish away the past, it won’t happen. If the past is bothering you, why not live in a way that resolves the past? The past is shrieking, calling for attention, demanding completion. Why are you denying it the space, the attention, the completion that it deserves? You have a festering wound on your arm. You are carrying it for two weeks, and it’s deteriorating by the day. What is it calling for? Treatment. But influenced by the neo-spiritual cult of living in the moment, you say that “I don’t want to look at the past. All this is coming from the past. The wound belongs to the past. I don’t want to look at the wound.”

Why don’t you want to look at the wound? Do you want to imagine that it has disappeared? Let’s be practical. For you, the one who is talking, the one who is questioning and seeking solutions, does the wound not exist? Let’s talk reality, does it exist or not? Then why do you want to imagine and act as if it does not?

It does, and living in the moment does not mean denying the past. Living in the moment, living in the present, to be more…