Learning from detached observation || Acharya Prashant (2015)

July 13, 2016 | Acharya Prashant

Questioner (Q): Sir, several times you have said, “Just stand apart and let the mind function. Let the thoughts run wild if they want to.” I don’t get that. The mind is already running wild all the time. How to stop it? How do I look rightly at things? How do I get out of seemingly stupid attractions or distractions, and just be present?

Acharya Prashant (AP): You are claiming that your thoughts run amok all the time. I want to contest that. As you are speaking to me right now, I do not see your thoughts running wild, or are they?

Q: No.

AP: And have you trained yourself especially for this moment?

Q: No.

AP: Have you taken a wonder-pill to be able to ask this question?

Q: No, Sir.

AP: You are seated comfortably. Not wearing any special clothing. You haven’t come here having read any special book. You’re just simply discussing with me, are you not?

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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