Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Questioner: I notice this feeling of something is wrong, this feeling of fear, anxiety in my body and I have seen this over the years that I will go and try and get something from outside: a job, a degree, a date, food and for little bit it will feel good. And then it comes back to this: What am I missing in the world?
Very often I will say something that aren’t true to get things that I want and when I get it, it lasts maybe few hours, a few days, a few months. And then it goes back to that feeling of holding myself, being tied, living in that sense.
Acharya Prashant: Go to spiritual literature.
Talk to those who have grappled with the very same question. They have left behind their experience to be used by us.
Make use of their gift.
There have been a legion of wise people, restless people and loving people who have had to face these very same issues. They would have described their situation probably in almost the very same words. You wouldn’t be too surprised to hear even identical language.
See what they discovered. If you really want to economize on time or if you want to stay put with this restlessness of yours then you can continue your personal exploration. And maybe in due course of time, something will reveal itself. That too has its own beauties: a life of adventure, a life of challenge, a life full of darkness but with intermittent streaks of light between; that too has its poetic beauty.
But in case you want to go beyond poetic beauty, if you want to go right to the beauty that truth holds then go to these people, sit with them.
Obviously most of them are physically no more available. But their word is, use those words.
Q: What are some of those books names?
AP: My personal favourite says obviously Vedanta.
You will need to go to the Upanishads, sit with Ashtavakra, listen to Krishna.
Allow yourself to be schooled by Ribhu.
And then from there you come to the various schools of philosophy and finally you come to the Saints.
What the saints present is the highest and condensed form of all wisdom.
The Rishi’s of Vedanta talk as scientists and it’s beautiful as they expound the science of consciousness.
The Saints don’t talk as scientists, they talk as lovers and probably it touches us more deeply to listen to a saint than to read a scientist.
Nevertheless, begin with the scientist.
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