With youth: How do I retain this beautiful silence?

Acharya Prashant
5 min readDec 5, 2022

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

Question (Q): While writing the questions about our lives, we were silent and it feels very peaceful right now. But how to maintain this silence? How to make sure that this silence holds, that it is not momentary?

Acharya Prashant (AP): It is apparent that this silence is conducive to understanding. It is actually simple, isn’t it? Do you know what brings about, what you call as ‘environment of understanding’? Have you all tried to understand what brings this about? It is very simple and direct. Is it an external threat, coercion, a compulsion? Is it some kind of gloominess that makes you fall silent? Is it an expectation or is it out of respect that you have fallen silent? None of that!

It is so recent, so close to you that you must find out, it is available to be found out. If you investigate you will find out that it is nothing but that you are writing questions that are relevant to YOU and every single individual is doing that. The moment you go inwards, there is a beautiful silence that nothing else can bring about. You experienced that silence. You are experiencing it right now. It did not come about because of the persuasion or influence of an external agency. The external agency might have just helped initiate it…