If not Silence, then music. Nothing else

Acharya Prashant
7 min readDec 5, 2020

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

Question: Since the last few days, I have been with you, taking in what you say and the result is that I am clearly able to see the fakeness contained in the world in the ways of mankind. And that makes me ask what is the point of carrying all that madness?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Very important question, because this is what breaches the whole flow of knowing, of realization for so many people.

So, you are saying that the process of knowing, the realization begins and begins to identify what all is fake, artificial, and conditioned in one’s ways, and as one goes deeper into realizing this, one finds that there is no end to detecting falseness. Whatever you touch comes out to be false.

Something shows up as false immediately and something just waits to be shown up as false. In fact, after seeing what use to appear as genuine, solid, true is exposed as to be hollow, one loses confidence in all that still remains solid. One begins to see that the days on which I placed my confidence are numbered, where each and everything that is trusted, believed, lived by, is false one after the other, then the question that has just come is obvious.

The question is why must I carry on with inquiry?

Is this the purpose of honest observation? To come to know that all is just a deception, illusion, a fakeness. And even if I come to know that what is the point in it? What do I gain? I walk clearly seeing rottenness around me. How does that make my life any better?

In fact, one feels that one was better off not knowing anything. When you start knowing, you only see garbage all around and that makes living so uncomfortable. It’s like you have suddenly started seeing ghosts. All the rooms used to be full of ghosts even previously but you were not seeing them and now you are seeing them which makes you insane. Nobody else is going to see that ghost that you are seeing and that you also cannot communicate what you are seeing. Then, it is some kind of private hell in which only you are suffering, everybody is alright.

So the question is something that most people would relate to Why to carry on with inquiry? What is the…

Acharya Prashant