If one is Brahm, why does one work?

Acharya Prashant
2 min readSep 4, 2020

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

Question: If I keep remembering that — ‘I am Brahm’ — then why should I work?

Acharya Prashant: Then you won’t work, Brahm would work.

If you do not know that you are ‘Brahm’, then you work.

And you work in your own little and illusioned ways.

When you know that ‘you’ are not, only Brahm is, then Brahm works.

And Brahm works a lot, without breaking a sweat.

Look at the entire universe, there is so much happening. Who is the worker? Do you know how much works it takes to keep a planet in it’s orbit? You want to launch a little satellite into space, and you keep crying about fuel.

The engines are not yet ready, the fuel is not compatible, and what are you trying to deliver into orbit? Just a little satellite. And here you have millions of planets, and suns and stars, all fully established. And black holes, and supernovas. Who is working so hard? Who is working so beautifully?

You cannot run one nuclear reactor properly, there are accidents, and you think of a million safeguards. And have you looked at that nuclear reactor that gives you light everyday? Who is running that nuclear reactor? And He runs it without a blemish. And it’s a very small sample of all the nuclear reactors that He runs.

Let something beyond you work through you.

You will be amazed, you will be thrilled.

You will then know what it means to really live.

If you are living only for yourself, if you are so afraid that you cannot give up your control of yourself, then all you get is — ‘yourself’.

And are you happy with yourself?

Are you somebody whose company you would enjoy? If you have only yourself to talk to, would you prefer that? No. The proof is that you keep looking for others to talk to. You aren’t happy with yourself, and the proof is that you want to change and improve. Don’t you? And still you want to follow your own whims and desires. Isn’t that stupid?

If you are so established and arrived, and wise, then why do you want to change? But you want to change all the time. Don’t you? “How do I become better?” — that’s the question you are always asking, which means that you accept that as you are, you are not quite alright. If you are not quite alright, why do you chase directions dictated by your own desires?

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