You are hurt because you have gathered so much

Acharya Prashant
3 min readJul 21, 2020

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

Acharya Prashant (AP): Your reaction, your hurt doesn’t arise in a vacuum. You don’t suddenly get hurt. Hurt is pre-scripted.

Hurt has been building up since a while. You must watch the process of accumulation of hurt. You must watch how bit by bit you become susceptible to hurt. You must watch how layer after layer, item after item, you have kept collecting material that is prone to getting hurt.

Unless there are combustibles in your house, how would anything catch fire? Not only must you watch the moment when the fire arose, but you must also watch the entire process of accumulation of inflammatory material. We don’t watch that. We don’t find that important. We watch only that particular instance when the fire broke out, that Particular instance is spectacular, sensual. But it is just the end product. You must watch how one is brought to a point where one becomes very very susceptible to hurt.

You have collected so much that is very fragile, and you are carrying it with you now. You can be hurt. You can be hurt because there is a lot of peripheral accumulation that you are carrying. That accumulation gets hurt. Won’t you want to know what is it about you that gets hurt and from where did you gather it? You…