If you find yourself in big problems, just realize that the way out is small action

Acharya Prashant
4 min readSep 9, 2021

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

Acharya Prashant: In the world of the Real, there is neither change nor permanence — no substance, no happenings. In the world of the person, in our world, everything is changing; and continuously where everything is changing, then a single change can never be too big. Please realize this, a single change can never be too big. And everything is continuously changing, so, there can be no big changes.

There is an infinite series of changes; not only series, a network of changes, interconnected networks. Everything is changing all the time — an infinite number of changes — nothing but changes. So many and so frequent and so continuous changes that you cannot say that something is changing, because, for something to be and change, that thing must have at least a little permanence. There is nothing except change. Change! No ‘thing’ really to change, but change.

So, in this whole universe of changes, one change cannot matter, cannot be too big; it’s going to be small. But the Ego wants big! Big is not there, only small is there — infinitesimally small. So small that you want to disrespect it, ignore it, miss it — that’s the mistake. There is only that which is so small, and if you disrespect it and miss it, then you are missing all that there is.

If you really want change then start respecting the small.

You will never get a cataclysmic change because even the most cataclysmic change is infinitesimally small when looked at in perspective. There are no big changes. The Ego misses change because it wants a big change. It is so fed up with itself that it wants quick changes. It says, “Bring it on! Get me the real fat one!” There are no fat ones; there are only little ones.

Every step that you take is a potential change.

In fact, it is the only change possible!

Every small thing that you do is the only place where change can happen. You may have your own personal definitions of big changes, but even those so-called big changes are enabled only by the small ones. Without the small ones, those big ones remain just a dream. They are not…