Peace that comes and goes is not peace

Acharya Prashant
4 min readNov 15, 2020

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

Question: The mind creates so many illusions, so how to accept reality totally?

Acharya Prashant (AP): How do you know they are illusions? How do you know the mind creates illusions?

Listener (L): Doubts, like whenever I try to think this or something then illusions like intellect are all around you “You are not That”

AP: Intellect can give you arguments in support of being fake. But does intellect ever tell you that you are not being fake? Intellect will give you something to justify yourself. But will intellect ever tell you, “No this is not being fake?”

When you are being fake — kindly notice — there is always an element of deliberation in it. You know you are being fake.

You have to do it. It is not spontaneous. And when you are doing it deliberately obviously you know that this is not natural, this is fake.

When you are faking it, it always comes with a certain effort. Be sensitive to yourself and you will detect that effort. When you are lying you have to put in a certain effort. Don’t you have to? You have to put pressure on memory, you have to build up a story and all that requires? Effort; you know that you are lying. Whereas you don’t have to lie then it is free and light and spontaneous.

You come back home and somebody asked you, “How did you spend the day?” And if you don’t have to lie, you don’t have to think about what to answer. You just say something while you are unbuttoning a shirt, while you are washing your face, combing your hair. You keep saying because you don’t have to cook up anything. But if you have to lie, then it’s a tense situation, internal stress is there. You strive to be consistent. You have to cook up a story that is credible.

L: You stumble.

AP: Yes, you stumble. And if you don’t stumble then, you try not to stumble.

L: Yes.

AP: It is an effort. There is a deliberation involved in this. So you know, always know. What do you mean by, “I do not know what my illusions are”? You always know. You know, justify them; justification is another matter, we are not talking…