How to remain grateful?

Acharya Prashant
2 min readSep 8, 2020

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

Questioner (Q): In one of your videos, you said that you should be thankful if things are happening in your life in a fast-forward mode. Please shed some light over it.

Acharya Prashant (AP): First of all, this attitude is putting a condition upon grace and gratitude. Grace is not only when things are in a fast-forward mode, Grace is also when you are not allowing anything to move forward at all. A gratitude is not something that you reserve for special fast-forward occasions, if you do that, it is great arrogance not gratitude, you are saying that I will be grateful only when life comes in fast-forward mode.

How do you know that it is fast-forward?

We say that all great change is invisible, indetectable. How will you even come to know that change is in a fast-forward mode?

All that you can detect is superficiality or all you can detect is changes that are obvious, superficial, you call them great changes; they are not great, they are not even changes.

Real change — please acknowledge, and it is a little humbling to acknowledge — happens without our consent; not only without our consent; even without our acknowledgement.

It may take you years to know that something great has changed.

So remain in gratitude without bothering for change.

Remain grateful without bothering for whether it is happening fast or slow.

That is the real change, remaining unconditionally grateful.

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