How will I dissolve?

Acharya Prashant
4 min readFeb 18, 2021

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

Questioner (Q): How will I dissolve?

Acharya Prashant (AP): By watching the one who wants to dissolve.

Who is the one who wants to dissolve? And why does he wants to dissolve? And if he is really serious and honest why has he already not dissolved till now? Surely, There is somebody keeping him protected and safe. Who is protecting him? Who is keeping him safe? Maybe the one who says I want to dissolve is equally the one who is keeping himself safe.

See, there are pleasures in remaining as one is. The ego does not exist for anything. It exists because the ‘I’ derives pleasure from its usual activities. As long as you are not fed up with those pleasures; as long as you do not see through those pleasures why would there be any dissolution at all? The dissolution will not happen because you will not allow it to happen.

Dissolution is a heavy word. What you are actually saying is — I do not want to remain as I am. Right? But why are you the way you are? Because there is pleasure in being the way you are. Unless you address those pleasures, you will not let any change happen. And change cannot be forced.

Change is a byproduct of seeing or realization.

Maybe those pleasures are good for you. Then why force yourself to dissolve? The fellow is having a good time and some teacher or sages urging him to dissolve, dissolve. He says, “I am watching a nice movie and enjoying popcorn with my girlfriend. Why the hell should I dissolve?”

So first of all, figure out the arguments that you have against dissolution. We all have pretty strong arguments against dissolution. Maybe those arguments are valid. If they are valid then don’t dissolve at all. There is no need. There is no holy compulsion to dissolve. Stay as you are and enjoy life as most people do happily.

Q: There are so many Gurus and they talk so much. But do they know what they are talking of?

AP: Leave it to them. Leave it to them.

See, two things are possible. Either they know what they are uttering or they don’t. If they don’t know what they are uttering, then ignore them. Are they worthy of occupying your…

Acharya Prashant