Don’t challenge Maya without being prepared || IIT Bombay (2022)

May 24, 2022 | Acharya Prashant

Questioner (Q): Acharya Ji, you often talk about the importance of time, and that is something that bothers me in the context of my career. I don’t know if I should continue in my current job or not. I took the job for very ordinary reasons: money and position in society. But those reasons no longer appeal to me, which is why I am finding it difficult to continue with the job. I know that I cannot continue there, but I am afraid of what the public opinion, I am afraid of what people would think of me. What should I do? Should I just continue with this job and find some purpose in it? I am losing a lot of time by being occupied in it the way I currently am.

Acharya Prashant (AP): When you are serious about victory, you do not strike at the enemy without being fully prepared. Those who just plunge themselves into battles without having checked their preparedness are the ones who don’t love victory too much.

Don’t underestimate Maya. There were reasons which got you into your current job—public opinion, money, prestige and all that. Have you so fully changed that these things won’t matter to you anymore at all? No. So, Maya smiles. Even as you contemplate your resignation and such things, she smiles. She knows that you are not fully prepared in the inner sense. So, you will resign and then regret the decision because you have just not thought of the consequences.

When you are to fight Maya, you have to use all your resources, especially thought. Think of what you are going to do next, and don’t overestimate yourself. Know that you still


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