IIT Kharagpur: The scriptures address the one you are

Acharya Prashant
7 min readMay 20, 2022

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

Questioner (Q): Acharya Ji, you talk a lot about the importance of Vedanta. Should I get familiar with it at my age already?

Acharya Prashant (AP): You haven’t yet started?

Q: No, sir.

AP: It is too late!

Q: Sir, how? I wasn’t actually sure if I would be able to digest it or not.

AP: How did you decide on that without even trying? Please! Which all scriptures have you laid your hands on?

Q: Sir, almost none.

AP: And having tried on none, you concluded that it is too early for you to start, or that it is too difficult for you to start!

Q: Sir, my family has taught me about Bhagavad Gita and all, but initially I used to find it irrelevant. Maybe I was not ready then. But lately, I have been thinking about trying it again.

AP: You know, if there is a compulsory twenty-credit course on the Upanishads, you will not only read the Upanishads but even try to secure an A, right? The moment you know it carries twenty credits, you will forget all your hesitation. That is how we are, you know. “If it gives me placement, money, and CGPA, I will read.”

Poor Bhagavad Gita, it is not there in the curriculum! The placements are not linked to it. No employer asks you, “Have you read Sāṅkhya Yoga? What is the difference between niṣkāma-karma and vairāgya?” Nobody asks you these things. Why don’t they ask these things? Because they themselves don’t know a thing. They themselves are in deep delusion, so they don’t know what to really look for in a candidate. And they also know that if there is a candidate who actually knows the answers to the right questions, then that candidate will never appear for their interview, let alone join their company.

So, that is the ecosystem you are in. Why do you want to become another victim of that ecosystem? Your ecosystem is never going to drive you to the Gita or Upanishads or anything of any worth. Isn’t it upon you now, as a mature adult, to see that life is not just about the stuff that your courses contain?

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