Without an inner firmness, does one exist?

Acharya Prashant
3 min readJan 8, 2020

Questioner: I see a luxury car in front of me, and there is greed arising out of me. I see a woman who is conventionally considered to be pretty, and there is lust arising out of me. Each of these emotions that are coming out is in relation to the objects in front of me.

So, my understanding of this and going more and more in-depth about this is how it is going to work? And do I have to apply this to more and more objects?

Acharya Prashant: The more you apply it, the more continuously you apply it, the more you see that you exist only in relation to objects. Eureka!

The girl turns you a man, the car turns you a consumer. Who are you?

Questioner: I am — Atman.

Acharya Prashant: How do you know?

Unless you come to a particular firmness, the Atman is just fiction. Is it not?

So, instead of dabbling in fiction, it is far better to acknowledge that — ‘I am just nobody. I am almost like public space — available to all, open to all, being used and misused, and trampled by all.’

‘The girl uses it, the car uses it. I am nobody, I belong to nobody. I have no identity. I am a public good. The car uses me to run over the place. The kid uses me as a playground. So many use me as an open space for waste disposal.’

‘I have no firm name or identity. I become what the other wants me to become.’

‘The car manufacturer wants me to be the buyer. So, I look at his car and turn into a prospective buyer. The woman, consciously or sub-consciously, wants me to be an attending man. And I turn into an attending man as per her dictate.’

If you can realize and come to this utter helplessness, you will revolt against yourself. You will say, “No more of this.” You will then realize that all these inputs are actually assaults and invasions. And had you really been nobody you wouldn’t have felt bad about it. A stone does not cry against slavery, or does it?

If the fact of your enslavement curdles your blood, it means there is free-spirit in you.

But that free-spirit gets invoked only when presented with the fact of slavery.