Who is an honorable man?

Acharya Prashant
2 min readNov 20, 2020

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

Question: What is the definition of ‘an honorable man’? Is being honorable good or bad?

Acharya Prashant (AP): सम्मान=सम्यक्+मान

सम्यक मानने का अर्थ है समझना ।

तो जो समझ सकता है, वो सम्माननीय। जो नासमझ है उसका कोई सम्मान नहीं।

तुम भी यदि किसी का सम्मान करना चाहो, तो उसे समझो। यही सम्मान है।

सम्मान और आदर में बहुत अंतर है। आदर आचरण की बात है — बाहरी बाहरी। जैसे किसी को सलाम कर लिया या पाँव छू लिए। सम्मान गहरी बात है- वास्तव में जानना ।

Till the desire to gain respect/honor from others is there, one cannot be honorable.

The honorable one is the one who really understands(समझ=सम्यक मान)the games of ego, the illusions of the world, and has surrendered the ego to the Truth.

You and I are unnecessary divisions. Your essence is the same as my essence. My essence is not at all mine. We are all one, just playing a game of many-ness which is alright and fun, till the game remains just a game.

Let’s not take You and I, Me and the world, etc. seriously.

Question: Sir honorable doesn’t mean this — a person is a man of his words, never cheats anyone and all the people around him…