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Seated in Reality, you feel no need to explain the Real || (2016)
Author Acharya Prashant
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Questioner (Q): Do you think silence can help in understanding or explaining spirituality or spiritual experiences?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Silence is silence. Silence has no business explaining anything. Silence has no interest in explaining anything.

In Silence, you do not feel the need for any explanations. If you are still feeling a need for explanations, where is silence?

In Silence, you know that explanations are worthless. In Silence, you say, “Even knowing is a burden. I have no obligation to realize. Even without realizing, I am perfect.”

That is Silence – free of all tensions, all worries, all holdings, all gloom. Unconditionally, irrespective of what is going on, I am all right. Unconditionally, irrespective of what may ever happen, I am all right. That is Silence. Without that, there can be no silence. And what I have just said is not something to be verbalized, it is not a thought to be repeated again and again.

Q2: I feel that the Amazon jungle in Peru, South America is calling me to come and take the path of Shamanism and become a healer. This path scares me a lot. How will I find the courage to go to Peru, trust my intuition that I will make it and finally go there to walk that path?

AP: So, you are already seeing that both are there – the fear and the pull. Ultimately one wins. Ultimately, either you go there, or you do not go there. But I want to talk about something else. Is it not possible that both, the attraction to this place, the attraction to this path, and the fear you are experiencing on thinking of this path, that both of them are influences acting upon you?

You have heard from someone, or watched a television documentary, or read a book on Shamanism, or seen some visuals of those jungles, and that excites you so much that you want to go there. And you have also heard stories that people who take this kind of decision, suffer. You have also heard stories of people who went on expeditions like this but were killed or maimed. So, one story invites you. The other story forbids you.

Is it not possible that both, the attraction to this place, the attraction to this path, and the fear you are experiencing on thinking of this path, that both of them are influences acting upon you?

Won’t you first want to check out the facts? Or, would you rather live your life based on stories? Whatever calls you is worthy of your attention. Honestly enquire, ‘What it is?' That would enable one of two things – if it’s a worthy candidate to attract you, your attraction to that thing would deepen, and if it’s unworthy, then the attraction would drop. Full Stop!

But don’t decide in dreams.

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