In watching all change, you find the unchangeable

Acharya Prashant
15 min readFeb 22, 2023

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

Acharya Prashant (AP): Before we chase something and want to be consistent in our chase, it’s very important to understand whether consistency is a worthy thing at all. Is that not important? Before you chase something, won’t you want to know whether the thing is worth chasing or not? Otherwise, you may find that you have spent a lot of time and energy in the chase for nothing and you get something that is entirely worthless. Right? Let’s try to understand.

All of you write down, ‘consistent is that which does not change’.

(Asks the students to write and students write it down on their copies)

Look at these fans. What do you find consistent here? What do you find unchanging here?

Listener 1 (L1): Speed.

AP: The speed? Do we have voltage regulators? The rpm (rotations per minute) can be changed. So that is not really consistent. That can be changed very easily right now.

L2: The axis.

AP: Somebody said, ‘the axis’. The whole thing seems to be rotating at a high rpm. Does not it? The blades are constantly changing their positions. Are they not? The blades of the fans are constantly changing their positions. Are they not? Vishal! (Addressing one of the students) Yet, what is not changing its position at all?

L3: The shape of the blades.

AP: Yes, right. So the entire structure. And what else is not changing its position?

L2: The axis

AP: The axis. Human life, all effort, and all action can in some way be captured using the model of the fan. While there has to be a great activity and great movement in a young man’s life, how many of you want a life in which nothing changes? How many of you want a life in which absolutely nothing ever changes? Better be dead. Right? We would better be dead than want such a life because such a life is anyway a dead life in which nothing changes. It would be highly boring. Would not it be? No change, no diversity, no richness. So, change is extremely, extremely important. Time is change, human action is change and change is wonderful. Even as we sit here…