A pursuit of God is the most ungodly pursuit

Acharya Prashant
5 min readDec 8, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

jaag (arise) dard-e ishq (pain of love) jaag, dil (mind) ko bekrar (restless) kar

Chhed de aansuon ka raag, jaag, jaag,

Jaag dard-e ishq jaag, dil ko bekrar kar

Arise, oh pain of love,

I do not want a comfortable state of mind,

I would rather have the mind become restless in love,

Let there be the music of tears,

Arise, pain of love.

~ Excerpts from a Song in the movie Anarkali

(Lyricist: Rajendra Krishna)

Acharya Prashant (AP): He is not asking for peace, he is asking for disturbance. He is saying I have had enough superficial peace, it’s useless, I would rather want to be disturbed.

When you are deeply in peace, then you do not fear being disturbed. Now, you can take on disturbances, now you can invite disturbances. Only the superficial mind begs for peace and joy, the really brave ones, pray for troubles, for disquiet, for disturbances. The spiritual mind does not ask for peace, it already has peace; it asks for troubles. It does not ask for love, it is already secure in love. It says fine, let there be separation, I do not want love, I want separation, let me see whether I can brave the separation.

Only the timid ones, cowards, ask for such things as liberation, joy, peace. The real one does not ask for these things, they are in his pocket, he cannot lose them, so how can he ask for them.

When you are really centered in peace, then you do not ask for peace. Then you, in fact, actively invite disturbances. You are so sure about peace that you go and jump into all kinds of involvements, engagements, identifications, and attachments. Now you are not afraid, now you do not call those things unspiritual. When you have peace then you can invite disturbances.