What is Clarity?

Acharya Prashant
4 min readSep 29, 2020

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

Questioner: Acharya Ji, what is Clarity?

Acharya Prashant: Confused world, a chaotic world, a world that makes no sense! And it’s not that the world is confused or chaotic or nonsensical. It is obviously the looker, the seer of the world who is not able to comprehend it with any clarity.

Lack of clarity is a difficult thing, lack of clarity is a complex thing.

Clarity is simplicity.

Therefore, it doesn’t require much to have clarity.

It requires a lot to not to have clarity and we have a lot.

In fact, that is the only reason the word clarity appeals to us. That is why you picked that one question out of the thousand possible queries you could have had because confusion is suffering.

When you know that reality is one; you do not want to tolerate fluctuating versions of it. You want to get rid of all the various viewpoints. All the competing statements that say, “It could be this, but it could also be this, it is this but at the same time this.” And whenever there is one point of view, one version; there is bound to be something besides it as well.

Because every version stops somewhere, has its limits. The limits define the version. And outside the limits, there will be something else and then something else and then something else, everything limited, you don’t like it. It feels a bit stupid to not to know.

What is clarity?

‘To be immediately certain.’

Certain of what?

That which is certain, that which is unchangeable.

Obviously, without knowing the airline schedule, you cannot be immediately certain of that. And why must and why cannot you be immediately certain of things like train schedules? Because they keep fluctuating anyway. Therefore, clarity is not being cocksure about things that are anyway volatile and changeable.

Clarity is about, ‘Being certain of that, which is that — which is unchangeable’.

Therefore, clarity has a direct relation with Faith.

You cannot be clear without having faith in the

Acharya Prashant