Each experience shows its own hollowness || Acharya Prashant, on Raman Maharishi (2019)

January 18, 2020 | Acharya Prashant

One must be free to do as one pleases and should not be served by others.‘No want’ is the greatest bliss. It can be realized only by experience.
~ Sri Raman Maharishi

Questioner: Acharya Ji, Pranaam! Please elaborate on the above, especially with regard to what it means that – only by experience can this state of ‘not wanting’ be achieved.

Acharya Prashant: Like the entire path of Jnana Yoga, here again, you have to proceed via the negativa. You have to understand that when Raman Maharshi is using the word ‘experience’, he is using it to negate something, rather he is using it to negate experience itself.

He’s saying, “One must be free to do as one pleases and should not be served by others. ‘No want’ is the greatest bliss. It can be realized only by experience.”

Our experiences are all contingent on wants first of all. And secondly, our experiences, our wants, are all contingent on others. Our experiences are all desire-led, and all our desires pertain to others. We seek happiness in others.


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