You appear by the will of existence, so just abide by the will of existence

Acharya Prashant
7 min readFeb 18, 2023

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

Questioner: It is said, “You have what you need utmost”, so why do we try to ignore some situations?

Acharya Prashant (AP): You are sprouting forth from existence. You are the existence’s will. You are the desire of the existence to express itself. You have done nothing in your expression, right? That you are there. That ‘you are there’, is not at all your doing. Existence has decided that you ought to be there, and a shape, a form will be there. Right? Existence is the doer and let existence be the doer. If existence is doing you, if existence is doing you, let existence itself provide for what you need. Because You are not ‘you’. Who are You? You are then existence, right?

You are the work of existence. Existence is bringing you forth. If existence is bringing you forth, if actually you have no being apart from existence, then let existence provide for you, why do you bother so much? If you can spring up from nothing, if you can rise from the soil, let the soil provide for you. It was the soil’s decision that you will come forth from it, let the soil carry forward its decision.

See, the soil, the Sun, the wind, the water, they all come together to give birth to the plant, right? Right? So what is the plant? The combined will of the elements. The elements have come together to give rise to a plant, now let the elements decide how they want to treat the plant. Who are you to interfere? And it’s not a question of humility — “Let me be humble”, it is a question of common sense.

When the elements are coming together to create you, the elements will come together to feed you. Nothing in your system is anyway yours, and you know that fully well. You do not decide your pulse rate, you do not decide how to breathe, you have never even seen your heart, all you have seen is skin; anybody who has seen his intestines? Or touched them? Only existence knows how to work you.

Who is working you?

Existence is working you.

Everything, the whole universe has willed you up. You are the will of the universe. You don’t know a thing about yourself and yet you…