What is non-action? What is it to not to act as the ego-self?

Acharya Prashant
11 min readDec 20, 2020

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

Questioner (Q): There is a passage from the preface of Open Secret — “Abandonment of a phenomenal center constitutes the only ‘practice’, and such abandonment is not an act volitionally performed by the identified subject, but a non-action leaving the noumenal center in control of phenomenal activity, and free from fictitious interference by an imaginary self.”

Acharya Prashant (AP): Beautiful. Lovely quote.

Q: So, my question is, what is Non-action?

AP: Action that you do not do. In your own calculation, with your own intellect, you are never going to abandon yourself. What Wei Wu Wei has described here is pure bhakti or it is Prem-yog or it is Guru-yog. What he is saying is — you will never be able to do it on your own. Let it be done.

Now, let it be done is equivalent to let it be done by something else or somebody else. You will not be able to do it on your own. Such abandonment is not an act volitionally performed by the identified subject. Your own volition would never consent to it. Therefore, you have to just hand yourself over to something, somebody, or maybe nobody in particular.

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