Your approach towards Truth decides how life treats you

Acharya Prashant
6 min readMay 15, 2020

According to the manner in which they approach me, I favor them in that very manner. O son of Pritha, human beings follow my path in every way.

~ Bhagvad Gita (Chapter 4, Verse 11)

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

Questioner: What is the meaning here? How do we follow Krishna’s path in every way and if that is the case; is there any change possible from one’s immediate state?

Acharya Prashant: This is an expression of the absolute freedom that the Absolute gives even to the ego. From Krishna comes the Jeeva, from Atma comes Aham, and this is not myth, this is based on observation. Right? Aham wants repeatedly, incessantly to return to its origin, to return to its nothingness, to return to peace. And therefore it is said that Aham arises from Atma, Jeeva arises from Krishna. These are analogous statements.

So the nature of Atma or Krishna is very much the same as the nature of Aham or Jeeva or Jeevatma. You come from somewhere, therefore your nature is identical to the place you come from.

The One you come from has absolute freedom as his nature, therefore your nature too is absolute freedom. You have an absolute freedom in choosing whatever you want to choose.

You can choose to think this way or that way, act this way orthat way. You may even choose to not be, you can even choose to end your life someday. It is said that the One you come from chooses without any regard for results and we choose with a desire for results. That is the only difference. Otherwise we too have all the freedom to choose; and we exercise that freedom every day. Don’t we?

So Krishna is saying, ‘according to the manner in which they approach me, I favor them in that very manner.’ It is not a very exact or very soulful translation. I will narrate it for you, what Krishna is saying is ‘the way they look at me, I look back at them in the very same way.’ Or, ‘Arjun they are to me exactly as I am to them, they are to me Arjun exactly as I am to them. So I give them the freedom; you decide what is it that you want to see…

Acharya Prashant