The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question (Q): How does an identity-bound person get true freedom?
Acharya Prashant (AP): Who is asking this? The identity-bound person herself? Now, the identity will never ask “How to get rid of identities?” Who is asking this? You need to respond.
Listener 1 (L1): I was just saying that this is a kind of question that is somehow clear on the surface level but still there is some confusion.
AP: How is it clear? Alright, tell me. How?
L1: How freedom would come if I am a bound person? I am still confused.
AP: Do you want freedom or do you want this knowledge? What do you want?
AP: Then how will this knowledge help? What you want to know is when it will happen. How will it happen? Do you want this information about the future or do you want freedom? What do you want?
AP: And freedom is not this knowledge — when it comes and how does it come?
(From this point onwards, speaker will use mango as a metaphor for Freedom.)
Let’s say you want a mango and you are desperate for the mango, will you say “Bring me the mango fifty years hence?” Will you say that? Will you even say “Bring me the mango five years later?” Will you be prepared to wait even for five minutes? If you really want it what will you say?
L1: Right now.
AP: Right now. Or will you want to collect information that “When one gets a mango how does one wipe it? What is the right process for peeling a mango? And who are the people who had a mango till now? Can I please have their interviews?” How does it taste and all that? Will you indulge in all this?
Mango Shastra! Chapter two.
Do you want to read literature about mango? Will you say that “Right now I am just caught in thousands of non-mangoes activities?” Will you even say that “Mango is absent from my life in a thousand ways”? Will you talk about all this or you will just go and get hold of the mango and bring it to…