June 19, 2022 | Acharya Prashant
Questioner: Sir, is there an absolute notion of what is right and what is wrong?
Acharya Prashant: All rights and wrongs, everything in the universe, exists for you. So, all rightness is with respect to you; all wrongness is with respect to you. This is a bit delicate, you will need to be attentive.
You are someone who is not alright; that is our fundamental condition, that is what makes us move. Otherwise, no one would desire change or betterment. We are entities unfulfilled, dissatisfied—therefore, not alright. Is that not true? Both at the physical and the mental level, we are never okay. Sometimes we feel okay only in a relative sense: “I had a headache in the morning, I no more have the headache, so I am feeling okay. It is only relative to my condition in the morning.” Perfectly we are never okay.
Perfection has a unitary characteristic: it cannot change. Had you been perfectly okay, you would have never lapsed into imperfection again—but we do that, right? Even when you say, “Oh, all is well for me, life is great,” something happens the next hour and we start feeling miserable.
So, who are we? We are imperfect entities striving for perfection. That is the definition of the human being, that is the central characteristic of the human consciousness: it is unfulfilled and seeks fulfillment, it is incomplete and is constantly trying for completion.
If that is who we are, what is right and what is wrong? We have defined the one we are; now, tell me, what is right and what is wrong? If I am, by definition, a dissatisfied entity, what is 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