You are not one, but two (Did you know?)

April 28, 2021 | Acharya Prashant

Acharya Prashant: ‘We are two’. And, there are always two ways to look at our existence. One is to look at our physical body and say we are purely physical, material. Who am I? This (referring to the body). The other way is to see that you are probably not the body, rather, you are with a body or you have a body. Don’t you say ‘my body? We don’t say ‘me body’.

Out of these two ways, the first way is more common, more straightforward, and easier to take. This duality in our existence is the fundamental reason behind all human suffering. On one hand -there is this preprogrammed body that has its own processes and intentions as well. On the other hand, there is the invisible consciousness that is related to this body, attached to this body. But, at the same time has an objective very different from that of the body, hence, the twoness.

This twoness is not greatly experienced by animals. It is not experienced by any life form apart from human beings. Animals really do not have a force of consciousness that may potentially rally or revolt against their physical being. Or, you could say that in animals, consciousness is almost in agreement with its physical being. What the animal's body wants, its consciousness readily agrees too. If the animal wants to eat because its body, its stomach is now in need of food, then its mind immediately starts finding ways to get food. Without questioning, without resisting. If the body needs food then the only purpose and objective of the mind is to seek food. That’s how an animal lives.


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