Are you making this basic mistake

January 3, 2021 | Acharya Prashant

Acharya Prashant What is ‘Dukh’(sorrow)? The thought, the desire of all that which is fleeting, ephemeral is Dukh.

Why is it Dukh? To whom is it Dukh? Few things have to be understood. Everything likes to be in its most stress-free state. Are you getting it? That's what even material wants, to be in the most relaxed state possible. Given the suitable condition, everything in the universe wants to move towards its most relaxed, lowest agitation, lowest energy state. And that is what is called its natural state. Something that is not in its natural state, will be unstable. Being unstable, it will want to do things that can relieve it of its energy or will want to use the environment around itself to be relieved of its excess energy which in itself is stressful.

So, a system or an object which is possessed of excessive energy or tension tends to react with the environment. It wants to react to the environment precisely with the intention to give up the stress that it has and settle down into a stable state. That's what consciousness also does. Its most stable state is energy-less and inert. Totally non-reactive. Totally at rest and peace. But somehow if it is not in its peaceful and restful state then it will look around to react with something or somebody in its vicinity, so that it may come to stability and rest.


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