Who do you think will help you?

Acharya Prashant
3 min readNov 13, 2020

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

In good times, there are many companions around, but in bad times, there is no one at all. Says Nanak, vibrate, and meditate on the Lord; He shall be your only Help and Support in the end. ||32||

~ Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, Salok Mahalla

Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 14128

Question: Acharya Ji, it is my tendency to seek help from those whom I consider to be good and reliable. I want to know the truth of what Guru Teg Bahadur Ji is saying in this verse because when I seek help from others, I usually spoil and strain my relationships, and even the help does not come.

How can I see that the only genuine help is the one that comes from the Lord?

Acharya Prashant (AP): It depends on what is the quality of help that you call ‘final’.

There is help that comes from the world, and there is help that comes from the Lord. Which of these two helps do you more desperately want?

The verse that you are quoting says, “He shall be your only Help and Support in the end.” ‘End’ does not mean a particular moment of death etc. ‘End’ means — the highest.

‘End’ means — the highest.

So it is being said that the Lord shall be your only and final support. Now it depends on you, what is it that you consider as your ‘final support’. And what would that depend on? That would depend on what you perceive yourself as.

Which kind of help will you value more, that depends on which need do you experience more. Is that not true? You might have a need for a new Kurta, and you might be needing some water too. A fellow comes to you with Kurta, another fellow comes to you with water.

Which of the two would you value more?

Depends on which ‘need’ do you value more.

If you value the need for Kurta more, then you would be very forthcoming in thanking the one who is bringing the Kurta to you. If you feel your thirst deeply, then you will…