The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question: In the book, ‘The Prophet’, the protagonist wants to get to his home, his people are calling out for him.
Acharya Ji, what is ‘this home’, ‘his people’, and ‘journey back home’?
Acharya Prashant (AP): ‘Home’ is where you are. ‘Outside’ is where you think you are.
‘Home’ is, where you are.
‘Outside’ is where you think you are.
Do you get the difference?
You are always at home, but there are some people who open their eyes and see that they are always at Home. And there are some people, who are in the Home, and yet they keep sleeping and dreaming that they are somewhere far away.
And not only are they dreaming that they are somewhere far away, but they are also actually planning, of course in their dreams, to go further far away. That is the ‘Home’ that Khalil Gibran is talking of — where you really are.
And you can never go away from that Home.
That Home is ‘you’. You are always homed.
You are always at Home.
It is impossible to be anywhere else. It is just that you don’t know that.
You think you are away from Home.
Listener (L): Acharya Ji, why do these people call him?
AP: We will have to look at this. When you say ‘these people’, it appears that there are many people at Home.
It is not as if there are ‘many’ people at Home.
In your dreams, what you see is ‘many’. All occurrence of ‘many’, is a dream. There are no ‘many’, except in dreams. To the extent we perceive many people sitting in this room, we are dreaming. However, among these people that you see in your dream, some call out. After all, you only dream of what you know. Dreams do not come from anywhere else.
Some of these people in your dreams, you know them. They belong so much to your past, that they belong to the beginning of time. They belong to the Source of time itself in that dream. You know them because they are your very past, your very Source.