Market, Money, Food, and Liberation

Acharya Prashant
5 min readAug 28, 2020

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

Questioner (Q): Acharya Ji, which are the industries I should invest my money in?

Acharya Prashant (AP): There are two industries that are not going to fail. First, that thrives on kids. Second, that thrives on sickness. And the two are one.

The school industry is never going to starve, and they will always make very big bucks. What else do we earn for? To pay to the schools. And the hospital industry is also always going to prosper, and they will make very big bucks. What have we earned for? To pay to the hospitals.

You can avoid spending anywhere else, but these two places, you will not only spend, you will always overspend — kids education, and health.

And it should be obvious to you that these both have to do with your deepest vrittis (latent tendencies). We began this evening talking of what this prakriti (nature) relies on. It relies on continuation of this body, and procreation. This body should continue, and more bodies should keep coming. So, these two are also the two ways to loot away your hard earned money.

I recently found out that the apparels of a fully grown-up man, are only as expensive as apparels of a two-month old. If you purchase something for yourself for two-thousand rupees, and that thing is this big, size forty-four, rest assured that if you buy something for your infant who is one month old, that too will cost equally the same. And you will not be able to question it. It’s a matter of love, you know. Don’t you love your child? Can you question the fees that the schools charge you? It’s preposterous.

Q: It’s a matter of pride now-a-days to say that our kid’s fees is higher than the fees of your kid.

AP: You are being looted in broad daylight in the name of your kid’s fees, and you will accept it even if you happen to be the intellectually strongest person in the world. The fellow is IQ 140, emerging from the best institute of the world, a post-graduate in Astrophysics. But the moment he gets a kid, he can be looted in broad daylight. And he won’t be able to resist it, because he is hitting you where it hurts the most. You might be very-very smart, but you can still be looted…