It is desires that are born as a child

Acharya Prashant
5 min readDec 3, 2020

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

Questioner: When we are born, the first thing that we absorb into us is it the Truth or the desires?

Acharya Prashant (AP): It is not as if desires come to you after you are born; only desires are born!

It is not as if desires come to you after you are born; only desires are born!

The thing that you call as just born is nothing but a bundle of desires. Only desires are born — the desire of the father, the desire of the mother, the resultant of those desires is the desire of the whole evolutionary process.

In the father, is the history of all evolution; in the mother, is the history of all evolution, all evolution that is crying for fulfillment. Two unfulfilled beings — a man, and a woman meet each other in hope of fulfillment; two beggars embrace each other in hope of becoming millionaires.

And then, from that, a little mass is born. What do you think that mass is? You may call it a product of love or whatever but it is arising out of unfulfillment. The man wants to go back to the womb, the woman wants to fill up her internal hollow. And from that, that little crying thing, wailing, and weeping is born. It’s already a bundle of desires that is born.

Only the ego is born, nothing else is born.

Giving birth is not such a profound act. Two unfulfilled beings, I repeat, are giving birth to more unfulfillment. What is great about this?

Please be very cautious before bringing another body of flesh to this world.

L: When you give birth to bring up a child, the rapture is infinite so you feel complete. I do not see it as just a product of unfulfilled desires.

AP: Don’t you see that you won’t be saying this had you not been carrying a body of a woman? Don’t you see that men very rarely make this statement? Don’t you see that if some hormones are just withdrawn from your body you would no longer be making this statement? Don’t you see that if the same hormones are injected even more into your body you will feel even more like becoming a mother?

Acharya Prashant