The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Acharya Prashant (AP): Jayant has initiated, and he is saying that he used to lead a mechanical life, that starts the story, and then he got into spirituality, now he wants to be in love always but that does not always seem possible. Right?
Love is neither molecular nor even a wave. So, to attribute properties to it and turn it into a target may not be very wise. What we call as love is usually the image of love that we carry.
Let’s conduct a small experiment upon ourselves. The moment you say, love, the moment you utter the word love, doesn’t an image pop up in your mind? Love for us is images. Let’s solidify our experiment a little more. I am asking him to give us a facial expression, only he knows what would be that expression. But you guess whether or not that is love. Right?
(AP whispers something in listener’s ears and he gives facial expressions)
Is this love?
(Audience shakes their head in denial)
Now how do you know that this is not love? How do you know this is not love?
Part 2 of the same experiment.
(AP whispers something in the listener’s ears again and he gives facial expressions)
Is this love or closer to love?
(Audience shakes head in approval)
How do you know that this is love? What does this prove?
Questioner (Q): Image
AP: Love for us is an image. And if love for us is an image, when we want to cultivate love we actually just want to cultivate that image. Now that’s not very wise or beautiful. Is it? To just have an image. And the entire world knows and unfortunately agrees to these images of love. So, if he wants to tell you or you or you (addressing different listeners in the audience) that he loves you. What is it that he has to do? He very well knows that love for you and you is just an…
AP: So, it’s very easy for him to profess, declare, demonstrate his love. He has to do something very ordinary and what is it?