Wonderful deeds get done in non-doing

Acharya Prashant
4 min readDec 6, 2020

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

Before doing anything we always and usually ask, “What will happen if I do this?” — That is our worldly practice, and even in the domain of Truth, we try that.

We say, “What will happen if I get to the Truth?” and the answer comes — All the falseness will be burnt down. Now, you are living in falseness. Everything around us is false and if falseness is burnt down then our whole world is burnt down.

We are attached to the world, if this world would be burnt down due to the Truth then let the Truth keep waiting, “I will remain the seeker of the Truth.”

~ Acharya Prashant

Question (Q): The observation is that if the desire is dropped, if the intensity, the act is dropped, then it results in a certain dullness. Please help me understand this.

Acharya Prashant (AP): Yes, of course, it does. It results in dullness because desire led action is the only thing that we have known so far, for us, that is our universe. Whenever we have acted, we have acted from the center of the ego — the desire. So when that goes, it does appear to us that everything is gone because that has been everything for us till now. We feel dull, we even feel afraid, we feel as if a vacuum has come up — an emptiness.

Two things:

Firstly, it is not as if action stops if the desire is not there; it’s a great misconception.

In fact, action born out of desire looks intense but is not, it carries only limited energy.

There is another center from which energy can arise and from there arises really powerful action with limitless energy.

But we do not know that center, we have not seen that kind of action so we feel apprehensive, we say “I have this if we give this up then what is left with…