Spiritual scriptures have no meaning

Acharya Prashant
3 min readSep 19, 2020

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

Question: There are several commentaries and interpretations of scriptures (tikas) from several people and each of them had their own perspective like what Jai Dayal Goenka Ji said was different from what Osho said. So, actually, the question is how do we know what actually was said?

Acharya Prashant: One simple test, very simple test —

If it means anything, if that divine word means anything then the meaning is wrong. So whatever meaning you color it with is a wrong meaning.

Simple!

In understanding, there are no meanings left.

Understanding is the dissolution of all meanings.

When you decode it, you decode it only to see that it is just coming to a certain end, a certain clarity. By itself, it means nothing.

When Krishna says Nishkaam Karma, it means no expectations associated with actions.

The right teaching can never be affirmative.

It will only be a revelation of your falsenesses.

He can only tell Arjun that what you are thinking is misplaced and the opposite of what your thinking is equally misplaced; so he says, “Arjun, stop thinking and when you have stopped thinking then you are no more Arjun.” Arjun is Arjun’s self-concept.

Who is Arjun?

Arjun is an image in Arjun’s mind.

If Arjun is not thinking then Arjun is no more there,

then who is fighting on behalf of Arjun? Krishna Himself.

That is the entire teaching.

Whether it is Krishna talking to Arjun or to Uddhav, the entire thing is just about dissolution. Not a construction, not a building up, not an erection, not an arising; a simple dissolution.

So, the right meaning will never give you something to keep; it will never give you something to take home because all that has happened is that you came with something and that something has been taken away and no replacement has been given.

If you are understanding rightly the meaning of a verse,

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