Whether or not to fulfill desires?

Acharya Prashant
2 min readSep 25, 2020

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

Questioner: Sir, certain desires are there which l know are actually very petty, but still l feel that it’s okay to fulfill them.

Acharya Prashant:

If they demand only a petty payment,

then fulfill the petty desires!

But if petty desires require a hefty payment

then it is foolish to fulfill them.

“I have a petty desire, and what is the petty desire??” — “I want a patty!”


If somebody is offering me a patty for 20 bucks, fine!

‘Petty patty, petty money!’

But if the petty desire is trying to extract twenty thousand from me, then I have to be cautious!

You have all the right to indulge once a while in pettiness.

But be very careful about the price that pettiness will extract from you.

Things that appear petty are often not petty

when it comes to the payment that you’ll have to make.

The payment is usually not in one go, it is a serial payment.

“Serial payment! “– A series of petty payments for the entire life!

How does that sound?

“Ten rupees per day for the entire life!”


Let’s calculate the present value of this– “wouldn’t be so cool anymore!”

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