When you enquire into the Truth, the Truth is what makes you enquire

Acharya Prashant
9 min readMar 9, 2023

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

Question (Q): This word practice was quite striking for me because in the last session that happened before we left for the camp when Devesh Ji asked you what to do when the world calls. You answered saying that why don’t you talk about that cause. Then when we talked about Ramakrishna he also said that if you talk about the free, you are free and in the same way Ramana Maharshi again said that it is also a practice that we can keep on talking more about this. So, it's a kind of practice that you have formed.

There are two things that we have mostly discussed, we need to be in close contact with what we are. We call it the name observation. And the other thing is it's also a practice of doing all this, that has been mentioned here.

How can we be in constant touch with what is happening (Observing) and still not make a practice out of it? How can these two things happen simultaneously?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Why do you need to practice? Is it not happening right now? It is like a man asking, “How to ask?”

It is like saying that one wants to learn to breathe. Had he not been breathing, could he have asked this question?

Practice is always happening. This is what is happening, this is practice. When you remember practice — that is practice. The moment when you ask, “How to practice?”, the question is redundant, because ‘practice’ is already going on. The question of practice is relevant, only when you forget that question.

‘Just remember’ — this is the practice.

You could have talked about ten other things right now. You could have been at ten other places right now. You are here. This is practice.

What happens is that because you have missed out on something, so it appears special and worthy of attainment. You have missed out on it. Not that it ever was absent.

Practice is just remembrance. Practice is just attention. If you are attentive, then it is always there. It is not there, only when the mind is elsewhere. Even right now as I am speaking to you, what is happening, is practice. The depth of…