The infinity that the mind thinks of is bound to be finite

Acharya Prashant
3 min readMay 18, 2020

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

Questioner: What if the ocean, we are thinking of as so immense, is not so immense?

Acharya Prashant: Good question!

The moment the ocean is a thought, it cannot be immense at all.

But you see, how you take things — I mentioned the ocean as a metaphor, as a dualistic image pointing to non-duality. And you catch hold of the duality so that you can conveniently escape the non-duality.

The intention of mentioning a dualistic image pointing towards non-duality was that you will use this dualistic image to enter non-duality and then you discard the dualistic image; the image of the ocean.

But instead, what did you do?

You latched onto the dualistic image of the ocean and forgot what the ocean was pointing towards. And now, the question is what if the oceans that we are thinking of is not so immense?

Did we think of the ocean!

Is ocean really a matter of thought?

And if it is a matter of thought, certainly it will not be immense. And that’s what happens, that’s how you grow suspicious, that’s how you grow doubts, that’s how the things change