Spirituality- the ability to see the One in all

Acharya Prashant
4 min readMar 20, 2023

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

Question (Q): Sir, when all men are equal, then why are some people given extra importance and addressed with words like Mr. President, etc.?

Acharya Prashant (AP): All men are equal only at the level of their core, center, and essence. Otherwise, people are very different and unequal.

At the core, not only are all men the same, but even rivers, mountains, animals, vacuüm, space, and time have the same essence. So, only a mind that lives very close to the core — a spiritual mind — has the right to assert that all is the same, or equal. Only a mind that genuinely perceives a mystical oneness in all existence is entitled to say that ‘all are equal’. All diversity that appears to be, is just a manifestation of the One — this is the true meaning of equality.

Unfortunately, the right to equality is talked of, and exploited, the most by those who only see differences when they look around. These are narrow and fragmented minds who deeply believe in their own separate identity from the rest of existence. The one who says ‘I am X’ or ‘I am Y’ surely believes in a self that is separate and divided from others. That is the basis of identities and identification. Such a mind lives by its ego, which it arrogantly calls individuality. It deeply believes in differences and hence, inequality.

Now, look at the contradiction. This mind says, ‘I am separate, and I relish my separateness’, and ‘All are equal’. If you pay attention, you will see that these two statements cannot really be made together. But the inattentive mind doesn’t go deep and doesn’t realize.

Modernity has given us a false sense of individuality- ego. And it has also given us egalitarian values- liberty, equality, and fraternity. We do not realize that ego-individuality simply does not go with liberty or equality or fraternity.

That is why there is so much strife in the world today. All the systems- educational, political, social, legal, and markets- are just protecting and promoting ego-individuality. A sense of separation. The feeling of ‘me-ness’: my rights, my choices, my thoughts, my opinions, my life! Obviously, such systems may pay lip service to…