Consciousness that aspires for heights || IIT Delhi (2022)

June 5, 2022 | Acharya Prashant

Questioner (Q): My question is about global warming. As you have said in your videos, the problem of global warming is due to excessive consumption. In our final year of graduation when companies offer us placements, they offer us a lot of money and pick up the best minds using this incentive. These companies are usually very profit-driven and consume a lot of resources.

Someone like me, who is interested in working towards preserving the environment, finds it very disappointing when the enemy is getting stronger day by day and there seems to be no support for us. There is sometimes also the temptation to just go with the flow and follow the masses. How can we motivate ourselves to go in the right direction instead of succumbing to the flow?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Yes, companies come to the campus and they offer you fat cheques, and most of these companies are indeed involved in stuff that only exacerbates climate change; that is true. There might be the one odd exception, but mostly the kind of goods and services most big corporations are providing are only worsening the state of climate change. So, you say you know that and yet you feel a lot of pressure to go with the flow. The pressure is not from the flow; the pressure is from our very old, basic physical tendencies. Even the little kid is greedy.

You may have fat offers here that make you shiver in your legs, but go to another student, probably from an ordinary campus, and if they are getting an ordinary offer, that offer means much the same thing to them as your offer means to you. It is not that the package is so large that it has overwhelmed you, right?


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