The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question: Acharya Ji, Charan Vandan! It is getting hard these days. I keep remembering you every moment. First of all, it is difficult for me to realize that I was wrong in so many aspects, but there is no option, so I am working on it.
Secondly, you taught me to take responsibility and take care of my friend. I am doing that to the best of my ability, but the response is not very encouraging. Often I feel like giving up on the responsibility you encouraged me towards. But then, I remember your words and stay put.
Acharya Prashant (AP): Stay put. A lot of it will go towards your cleansing.
You have had pleasures, haven’t you?
And if pleasures are not properly watched, if they are not under the illuminated scrutiny of Wisdom, then they have a tendency to taint the mind.
In fact, most of the taints on the mind are residues from our episodes of pleasure.
I understand you are having a difficult time. I understand your friend too is having a difficult time. But if you can pass through it with patience and wisdom, and equanimity, both of you will be changed persons.
This turbulence that you are facing, is an inner ploy to maintain the status quo.
There is something sitting within that says, “If you will try to change, and change towards Light, then I will create trouble.”
So the troubles are a ploy to keep things as they were.
But you very well know that things cannot be kept as they were. Things have to change. So you will have to bear the turbulence.
Be gentle, be patient, and be very-very firm, be full of Compassion. But don’t compromise even a bit, on Truth. And these two have to go together — Compassion, without compromise.
Even as you want to give the best to the other, remember that — falseness is a poison.
Even if someone thinks that falseness is the best for him or her, this ‘thinking’ does not change the nature of poison.
Do not compromise on Truth.
You are probably going through much. You will probably go through, even more. I am with you. And even as I stay with you in your heart, remember that you have to face it. Nobody else can face it for you.
I cannot go through that pain on your behalf.
You will have to do it yourself, like a man.
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