Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Questioner 1: This material world, even though it works according to the scientific laws which are discovered, is still not in conflict with the fact that it is a thought by nature and not material. Is that so?
Acharya Prashant: Come again, please.
Q1: This material world, it obviously works according to the scientific laws which are discovered
AP: Yes, science is the language of physical nature
Q1: Yes, but that is not in conflict with the fact that there’s no such thing as matter but that it’s all thought.
AP: Then you can say that laws of physics are the laws of thought.
Q1: So are you agreeing with my statement?
AP: Obviously! It’s just a restatement of the established statement. There is nothing new in it.
You are just emphasizing on the mind matter equation, so you may as well call laws of matter as laws of the mind and that is alright.
Q1: And the thought?
AP: That is mind.
Q1: It is my mind?
AP: Not your mind, you are in the mind. You don’t own the mind.
Q1: As what?
AP: As yourself, whatever you take yourself to be.
Q1: So we can assume, we are consciousness, that now we have a body , now we have a mind, Right?
If he says, he’s the mind, you say you are the mind, so we know we have a mind, we know we have a body but we are not nothing of that, right?
AP: If you have to just assume, then any assumption is all right. Spirituality is not about proceeding with assumption, it is about seeing what these assumptions are doing to life.
Spirituality is relief from suffering. A life based on assumptions is an invitation to suffering and therefore it is fundamental to test and challenge assumptions.
One may keep tom-tomming ‘I am not the body, I am not the body,’ the virus still attacks the body, you still pay the doctor.