The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question: Sir, for the past three years, I am reading your books and I have interpreted some meanings of it. But from the past three years, my meanings have changed, which means it depends on my state of mind like to what extent I am grasping the explanation.
Acharya Prashant (AP): You are waiting for the right decision and you are saying that if I make a decision, it must be the final one and the right one — this is arrogance.
You can only decide as per your limited condition. So be surrendered, be truthful, and then whatever is the decision that comes as the right to you, execute it; don’t wait.
Time is a deception.
The meanings of any word that has been uttered from sincerity would surely change. The meaning would change not because the word has changed or the word is ambiguous, the meaning would change because that exactly what the word is intended to do. The word is intended to change the reader and if the reader has changed, if the reader is changing because of reading the word, then the meaning of the word too would appear changed to the reader. It only means that the word is successful in doing what it was meant to do.
That is what a Mantra does — it purifies you.
When it purifies you, the meaning of the Mantra too keeps changing.
Ultimately, the Mantra dissolves.
Ultimately, those words will dissolve.
Like the sound of OM — that starts as a sound and then disappears into nothing.
So, if you are reading some of what I have said and it appears to have different meanings as time is passing, it only means that probably you have read with some sincerity. Keep reading and don’t wait for some ultimate final correct meaning.
There is no correct meaning; there is only a correct purpose.
And the correct purpose is your own reformation.
These words, what we are talking about right now, have no correct meaning at all. There is no message here. There is nothing to be communicated here. This is more of — it is not the quite right word but let me…