The Prison of Need – A Solo Podcast with Kapil Gupta

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Key Takeaways

  • Human beings only do things sincerely when they have no other choice
  • “The complex tentacles of attachment run so DEEP within a human being that it makes him a complete prisoner”
  • Imagine how freely you’d feel in this world without any needs
    • “That is ULTIMATE FREEDOM”
  • “If you had no needs in your life, you would move completely free in this world. NOTHING would affect you.”
  • “When you need NOTHING, you have EVERYTHING”

Intro

You Need to Understand This

  • There isn’t any way in the world that any human being alive could prescribe himself or herself to be rid of need
    • For more on  Kapil and prescriptions, check out these Podcast Notes
    • “Human beings only do things sincerely when they have no other choice”
    • “They arrive at having no other choice when the pain, disappointment, and the misery of continuing on in the same way is simply no longer sustainable”
      • But this doesn’t come easy – human beings have an enormous capacity for pain/misery
      • Anything short of this is just you trying to live up to some notion – “That will fail before you walk out the door”

Need

  • Humans need many things…
    • The need for a spouse to love him/her
    • The need for his/her children’s respect
    • The need for his/her friend’s adoration
    • The need for social validation
  • “The needs spread so far and so wide, that they span the earth 16 times. How in the world would you begin to prescribe your way out of that?”
  • “The complex tentacles of attachment run so DEEP within a human being that it makes him a complete prisoner”
    • But just knowing this isn’t enough to spur change – “It’s only when you hit a brick wall, and then realize that behind that brick wall, there’s an endless row of more brick walls – THEN there’s a chance.”

Where do we go from here?

  • “Understand not so that you may do, understand so that you may understand”
    • Understand the number of needs that govern your life, and all the pain, anxiety, and disappointment they lead to
      • The need to become a success…
      • The need to make more money…

No Need

  • Just imagine, if you had no needs…what kind of life that would be
    • No need for success
    • No need for your boss’s approval
    • No need for social validation
    • No need for your friend to return your text
  • Imagine, how freely you’d feel in this world without any needs
    • “That is ULTIMATE FREEDOM”

The Burden of Need

  • “Human beings are a constant burden to each other and the greatest burden is the weight of need”
    • Imagine someone close to you, who needed NOTHING from you – You would naturally gravitate towards that person

But is it possible to live without need?

  • “It is the ultimate utopia to live a life without need”
  • “It becomes possible when one recognizes that this world can give no one anything”
    • The world will give you temporary pleasures…but those are fleeting, and we’re all on a never ending request to replenish them

Wrapping Up

  • “When someone realizes that need leads to a brick wall, and that it leads to attachment, and attachment leads to pain, conflict, anxiety, and fear….and most importantly of all, that it simply cannot lead anywhere else but those places…then that might make a person consider, and examine the way they’re living their life”
  • “If you had no needs in your life, you would move completely free in this world. NOTHING would affect you.”
  • “When you need NOTHING, you have EVERYTHING”

These notes were edited by RoRoPa Editing Services

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