What is the process of gaining mental clarity?
Question: What is the process of clarity? Is it just listening with immersion, in no resistance? What is Truth? How do we decide that it is listening without effort? If there is Truth in what you hear, there is change and transformation, and then Truth becomes the Master.
Acharya Prashant: We will take it step by step.
What is the process of clarity?
So, there is a lot that the mind has acquired. Whatever has come to the mind, has come with a promise.
What is the promise? The promise is — I will give you peace! It can have different names — Love, Joy. But the promise is always there. Nothing has been accepted by the mind without that promise.
The mind’s whole objective in accepting conditioning is that conditioning is worthwhile. Otherwise, the mind won’t accept anything.
Mind feels inadequate. Mind feels incomplete. Whosoever promises it completion, the mind latches on to it; it, him, her, whatever.
Wherever, from any direction, there is the faintest possibility of emancipation, of freedom from that incompleteness and inadequacy, the mind says, “Please give it to me. Whatever it is, give it to me.” That is the promise that the mind is holding on to.
So, what is the process of clarity?
The process of clarity is — I accepted something based on a promise! Is the promise being met? That’s it.
This ideology came to my life with the promise that — it will give me peace! Organised religion came into my life with the promise that — it will give me peace. A particular person came into my life with the promise that- it will give me peace. Is it giving me ‘that’? This is the process. Ask this question. And if it’s not giving you that, clear it away. That is clarity.
Whatsoever comes to you, if it is not giving you ‘that’ which is your deepest longing, and your deepest longing is for peace. Whatsoever comes into your life, if it is not giving you that, clear it away. Get rid of it.
That is clarity.
“It is not that! It is not that. I was deceived. I made a mistake. And it is alright. I made a mistake. It can be cleared. It can be corrected.”
It could be a thought, it could be a vision, it could be a target, it could be an identity, it could be your self-image! Whatever it is, is it giving me ‘that’, or is it a source of strife? Is it a source of conflict? Ask — whatever is present in your mind, what is it doing to your life? What is it that it is bringing to you?
How do you feel when you are with a particular idea? When you are with it, in awareness, how do you feel?
How do you feel when you are really with a particular person? Not just bodily, sitting side by side. When you are really with him in attention, how do you feel? Does it bring peace to you? Or, in fact, looking closely at that person, makes him all the more despicable! He can be tolerated if you do not look at him closely, but the more attentively you look at that person, the more repugnant it is. So, that’s it!
Similarly with books! Ultimately, is this giving ‘that’ to me? Or when you are with a teacher! “Jaa guru se bhram naa mitey, bhranti naa jeev kaa jaaye, saa guru jhootha jaaniye, tyagat der naa laaye!”
Is it clearing away confusion? Is bhram/bhranti(illusion) dissolving? If it is giving you that, that the clouds are being cleared, the Sun is now shining in my inner sky, then it’s alright. What is that book doing to you? What is that video doing to you? That is the only way of knowing. And that is the process of clarity.
“Is it making the mind even more clouded? Is it loading me with more beliefs, more content, more stuff, more load, more baggage? Or is it making me lighter? Featherweight, flying around in the wind.”
And once you have seen it, then please be honest. Please be honest.
So, you are asking — what is the process of clarity? Is it just listening with immersion and no resistance?
No, you see, it is not only a particular action, which you are calling as ‘listening’. Hearing something out, in a particular period of time, will not be sufficient. Is this what you are calling as ‘listening’, is this something that is a part of an entire life, or is it something that is limited to a few hours? If by this, what you mean is, that I listen to ‘life’ with immersion and in a resistance-less way, it is beautiful. But if by this, what you mean is that — I hear out a particular person, or a particular book, then that won’t help much!
‘Listening’ is a quality of life itself. It’s an all-pervasive thing.
Not limited to just a few hours.
If what you mean, extends to the whole spread of your life, then what you are saying is very nice! Good.
But, immersion cannot be time-bound.
Immersion cannot be time-bound.
Resistance-lessness cannot be time bound.