Realize that you are in bondage

Acharya Prashant
2 min readMay 27, 2020

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

The more deeply and clearly you come to see that you are living in bondage, the more difficult would it be for you to continue supporting the bondage. Things will happen on their own. You won’t have to plan or think or come up with an idea. Even the ideation would be very much spontaneous. What is needed is the honest admission that there is a lot of bondage.

The admission has to be right from your core. It cannot be merely a matter of principle or general knowledge. It has to be as centrally arising from you as does your heartbeat. Your heartbeat governs everything in your system. Does it not?

Similarly, The realization that you are in bondage, must get on top of you. It must become your master. It must start dictating things. It must take control of you and make you do whatsoever is needed.

Realization cannot be some little thing. ‘Admission of bondage’ is such a major issue, that you cannot have it and push it aside. You cannot postpone the matter to be addressed some other day. You cannot relegate the admission to some corner of your life. It has to overwhelm you. It’s like discovering that your house is on fire.

The discovery takes control of you. The discovery becomes the paramount thing. All the other things that you are busy doing becomes secondary. Only one thing matters now; and what is that? The house is on fire, keep everything else aside. Address the core issue.

We are talking of our own house. We are not talking of some stranger’s house in some other country. Once you know that the house is on fire, action has to be commensurate.

You cannot have a stoic or secular or detached attitude towards these things. That is merely dishonesty. Once you know you are in bondage, it’s time to get up act, rebel, fight — clear decisive direct action is needed.

You cannot say, “Oh I’m merely the watcher of all my bondages”, are you? Then why do you suffer so much? Often this watching thing becomes such a convenient escape route, because one does not have the guts to rebel and act. So, one says, “No, I have no problems with it, I am merely the observer.”

Had you been merely the observer, why would you have suffered so much in the first place?

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