The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question: I have attended three of your sessions. In the first one, you talked about listening. Now, one of your friends was saying that you came to the session and you couldn’t remember anything because you were just there. I started listening and to be honest, I can’t remember anything and even with these videos of yours, I was watching and listening to them and it made sense but now I can’t remember anything.
Acharya Prashant (AP): It’s unnecessary, it’s quite unnecessary. A little bit will go to the memory which is alright and the rest of it you don’t really need to memorize.
Listener (L): If I look back trying to remember then there are one or two important things that come out of the whole saying.
AP: You have to make an effort but it’s unnecessary, there is no need.
L: I think it’s because you talk to us and it goes straight into the unconscious.
AP: It’s not like that. It’s just that… The Truth is not a sentence, the Truth is not a word. If that appeals directly to the formless, wordless within you then that is it. The formless, the wordless is finding more acceptance through that video. The ego is able to accept silence through those words. So it’s not that as if something new is happening. It’s not as if he is giving something to you. It’s just that your own silence is being verified, reconfirmed.
That is why you won’t need to remember because remembering is unnecessary, he is not giving anything new. All he is saying is-go to peace. Now you know that already. He is just saying that through many ways, this way, that way, this word, that example, that context, and ultimately he is saying something very simple, what? Stay true, stay in peace. You already know that and that is why you don’t need to remember the rest of it. The central message is so simple and it doesn’t need to be remembered. That is why you don’t remember. Only complexities need to be remembered. That is why you do not remember much of all this.
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