Morality makes the mischief of the world your personal suffering

Acharya Prashant
9 min readNov 21, 2020

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

Question: At times morality is a prerequisite to real spiritual freedom, isn’t it?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Yes it is a prerequisite, just as disease is a prerequisite to health.

Listener (L): Disease is a prerequisite to health?

AP: It is. What is a prerequisite? A prerequisite is something that you would go and acquire. What your existent state is, cannot even be called a ‘prerequisite’ because you already have it, you already are it.

L: But to see it, is it not a cleansing process?

AP: The cleansing is the prerequisite. The cleansing is the prerequisite, the dirt is not. Understand the difference.

L: Following the moral path can be an intelligent decision, right?

AP: Are you talking about following it, or cleansing it?

L: Following the moral path, is obviously, self-cleansing.

AP: That means you do not really know what ‘morality’ is. Self-cleansing, what is ‘self-cleansing’? From where does it come? The ‘self’ itself is morality. How can morality then clean the ‘self’? The ‘self’ is the dirt that morality accumulates in you. Morality is the ‘self’. Then how will morality clean the self?

L: No, there are certain idioms, which have been experienced by others.

AP: Forget about them.

L: No. Idioms like: Always speak the truth, Be honest, don’t they have any value?

AP: What do you know about the Truth, and how can you tell the Truth? Has anybody ever been able, to tell the truth?

L: No, it can’t be.

AP: Then what made you utter this?

L: Or at least being truthful in language.

AP: Does the language have anything to do with the Truth?

L: Not telling a lie to one’s parents?

AP: Do you know the Truth, that you won’t tell the lie?

L: Something which is relatively true.