The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Questioner (Q): The conventional theory around meditation is that it conditions the psychic apparatus so that we can move readily to see Atman. So, it’s not without value. You know, why are we here. Are we so deluded…
Acharya Prashant (AP): We are saying that falseness will be used to counter falseness. We are saying we have the sensibility and the intelligence to devise methods that will take us to the Immense. Every method is a kind of rebellion against Godliness. We are saying, “I’ll come to you using a method I devised.” How is it possible to devise your own personal road to That?
Q: So we have to pull off the search?
AP: And, you have to let Him call you. Only He can call you to Himself. Your own roads will not take you There.
Q: That’s grace?
AP: That’s grace. Not a method but grace. And, grace cannot be methodical. Grace can’t be cultivated, organized, taught, or learned.
Q: But sometimes we suffer enough to let us control it, to let go, into Grace.
AP: You have to let everything happen. Doing nothing, one lets everything happen.
Q: It seems so easy and difficult at the same time.
AP: Yes. Difficult to our sense of control. I want to control the happening. Easy, if you just want to relax.
Q: So we just stop resisting life? Total acceptance?
AP: No, not acceptance. Just non-resistance.
Q: But what is the difference?
AP: Acceptance includes the right to reject. One surrenders to the right to reject and that is not acceptance.
What does one accept? One accepts only that which one feels like accepting. If you call it as acceptance, it can never be unconditional.
Q: It requires a judgment to make a decision to accept.
AP: And, you are saying, “I am accepting”. The difference is that in surrender, you are saying the ‘I am’ is being surrendered. In acceptance the ‘I am’ accepts in surrender that ‘I am’ itself is surrendered.