Pretending to be happy?

Acharya Prashant
13 min readSep 30, 2021

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

Questioner (Q): Sir, yesterday was my first Satsang that I attended. I came to know about it through your poster. It is indeed very enlightening to be here, to hear you in person for the first time.

As a spiritual aspirant, one tries to keep the mind under control and to go inwards. But, in one of your videos, you question why the mind should be under control when it hasn’t been under control for the last 50 years or so. Could you enlighten me on what could be the process for seeking happiness that is inward, and not external?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Process for what exactly?

Q: As I have mentioned to you, we do realize that the mind goes all around the place, probably because of desires, tendencies, and whatever. Then as a spiritual aspirant, you have to not allow it to wander, turn inwards and understand, ‘who are you?’, ‘who am I?’, ‘what am I?’ etc. So, one of the ways to do that is the ‘meditative process’ which is sitting quietly. But, it is impossible because the mind wanders, and we consciously try to bring back the wandering mind. So if there is a process, how does one achieve that?

AP: It is interesting when you say that the mind has to be kept within, the mind has to be prevented from wandering. You would see, it sounds almost like a moral obligation. What is the need to prevent the mind from wandering? Is there a need?

Q: Yes, I presume so. I have no problems if I generate the thoughts on my own, consciously. But when the thoughts keep coming up on their own, if there is a nail and I hammer the nail, it’s fine. But if there is no nail, and if the hammer keeps on going around, then it looks a bit absurd. In introspection, what happens is thoughts; many of them are crap, and why do they come up? Probably because I have cultivated it that way. Consciously or unconsciously I have no idea but this is the time to correct, I thought. So I am seeking that way.

AP: So what is the problem with having crap thoughts?

Q: It is not required.

AP: So what is the problem with having something that is not required?

Acharya Prashant