Self-enquiry is the essence of ancient India || BITS Pilani (2022)

August 16, 2022 | Acharya Prashant

Questioner (Q): In this modern age, ancient Indian practices are mostly forgotten. There are the traditions with their virtues, values, and wisdom, and there is a lot there that we could learn from. Sadly, they are all forgotten now. People do not practice spirituality or follow these truths that we once knew anymore.

Some of these practices are very hard to follow in this modern world. For example, it is not really practically possible to renounce everything and go live in a forest or something. And even small stuff like, for example, eating sāttvika food becomes hard for, let’s say, an engineering student who is in his campus, his hostel, where the choices of food are limited. So, even though these old values and practices are good, they cannot be implemented.

So, my question to you is, should we learn from these ancient Indian practices, and how do we implement them in this modern age?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Ancient Indian practices were for ancient India. If you try to practice them, this is what you will repeatedly come to: “Oh, it is so difficult


Acharya Prashant is an emerging champion of socio-spiritual awakening in the world today. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad, and a former Civil Services officer, Acharya Prashant is an acclaimed Speaker, Vedanta Teacher and author of over 50 books. Apart from that he wears various hats: a veganism promoter, an environmental activist, a science activist, a campaigner against superstition, and a champion of essential human freedom. Know More