You already know, just declare

Acharya Prashant
10 min readApr 14, 2020

Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (diaogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Listener: Why is it that people don’t recognise?

Acharya Prashant: There is nobody who does not recognise. Everybody recognises. They just don’t speak about it, it’s a secret. It’s a well kept secret. If you speak about it you will be ostracized.

L1: Because you are then a threat ..

AP: You all know about it, but everybody will pretend as if you don’t know about it.

L2: Don’t know what?

AP: That which is worth knowing. But we all keep it in the wraps. You see, most of what I say is against what you hear at the other places, right? But have you not seen that it takes no time and no effort for people to silently acknowledge it. They are able to very quickly acknowledge it, because they already know it. I am not bringing anything new to them. Everybody knows. I am only spilling the beans. I am only saying ‘that’ which you already know. It’s just that we are afraid to say that. And I just say that. That is the only difference between the audience and me. At the level of realization, we are all the same. I am no special.

L1: That which is beyond words can be spoken in any ways, often contradictory ways. For example Osho was a master of contradiction. I read that he used to enjoy the both sides of the argument and defeating himself. Now if we say ‘presence,’ it depends on what we understand from the word.

AP: Depends on the intention. It does not depend on what you understand. It depends totally on the intention.

L1: Now that is a perfect example of a contradiction. A few days ago when we had an exchange, I was saying intention is more important, and you were arguing, no the word is more important.

AP: When you are saying — ‘intention’, then you are talking of your intention. When I say ‘intention’ then I refer to the center, the place from where it is coming. I give no importance to intentions at all.

L1: Is it not human to give importance to intentions a person is speaking from? Even if it is a false center.

AP: Even if it is a show of warmth, friendliness and compassion, but if it is coming from the wrong center — then…