What is simplicity?

Acharya Prashant
2 min readJan 14, 2023

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

Question: Sir, I have a few questions related to simplicity as follows:

A. What is simplicity? B. How is simplicity related to courage? C. How is simplicity related to intelligence? D. How is it related to love?

Acharya Prashant: In your previous mail, you said,

1. Simplicity is freedom from conditioning. 2. Simplicity is nothing.

Both these statements are the same.

We are actually nothing- just a clean, empty, void, pure and untouched.

Then the clean emptiness is spoiled. We are filled with ideas and concepts and worries and all kinds of conditioning. Now we are ‘filled’, not light and empty.

Simplicity is the ‘nothingness’ state of mind. Nothing fills you. Nothing makes you heavy. No identity is dominating the mind. Clean pure emptiness.

It requires great courage to be simple.

You asked, ‘How is simplicity related to courage?’

What is fear? How is it related to conditioning? How is simplicity related to conditioning? So, how is simplicity related to fearlessness?

Let me repeat the short story.

We are originally pure- nothing. This is simplicity.

Then conditioning spoils the mind and makes us suffer. We are unable to see directly and understand clearly. We become confused. This is complexity.

When we are being conditioned, two things are inserted deeply into the mind:

1. Conditioning is not bad. It is for your welfare.

2. Work hard to maintain the conditioning. Fight and resist anybody who removes your conditioning.

Now you see? We have been conditioned to work hard to maintain the conditioning.

It is like:

1. Put somebody in jail.

2. Convince him to work hard to maintain the jail, to never come out of jail.

We work very hard indeed. And all our hard work is to maintain our slavery. Smart we are for sure!

Love is the call of the simple center to the complex mind.

Nobody likes complexity, confusion, and conditioning. When you see a complex situation or question, your basic urge is that it should become simple. Complexity scares us. Its opposite- simplicity- invites us.

Love= The attraction of the conditioned (complex) mind, to again become simple.

So simple!

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