Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question: I don’t understand how we’re using the word love as an aroma of the infinite and what we experience is it a trick of nature?
Acharya Prashant (AP): It’s mostly a trick of nature, physical nature.
Love really is, when it empowers you to discard, discard, discard. To love is to be pushed towards something and if you are really being pushed towards that one thing, which is really a non-thing, then you will have no business fiddling with other things. You will then get all the courage and detachment to leave everything else behind.
It is that, that I’m looking at and everything else is inconsequential, so what do I do with it? I leave it behind.
If love is real, it will be marked by the courage and the simple inclination to discard, discard, discard.
Love will say, “Only that beloved is precious; everything else has to be put aside.” And if your love rather makes you accumulative, possessive, more theoretical, more conceptual, more mired into the world, more attached to thoughts and philosophies, then it is not love at all.
Love is marked by a certain cleansing.
Love is marked by pushing you into impoverishment.
Love makes a beggar out of you. A beggar that owns nothing; except love.
Such is the magic of love. When you have it you don’t want anything else and if you are still keeping other things, then you must know that it is not love.
If you claim to be in love and you still want a piece of the world, then neither do you know love nor do you know the world.
That is the one test of the love — it purifies, it makes you light, it enables you, empowers you to leave everything behind for the sake of that which is precious, for the sake of that which is beloved.
Listener (L): Can arch or anything in the world clue point us towards love of the infinite?
AP: Yes of course, that can happen. Yes and then you have come upon the way to determine your relationship.
That, in the world, which takes you to the Truth, is worth loving, is…