Knowing Love

Acharya Prashant
16 min readJan 16, 2022

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

Acharya Prashant (AP): The need of mind to get Peace, to settle into Understanding, to be clear of noise and be seated in Silence, to not to feel lonely but Total — that is Love.

And because we all experience that need, we all are lovers. Had we not been experiencing that restlessness, that disquiet there would have been no question of love? So we, as we are, the mind as it is, is always attracted to something beyond itself. The mind is always attracted to something beyond itself.

The mind sees that it is chaotic, it wants an end to the chaos. The mind sees that it is restless, it wants an end to the restlessness. The mind sees that it is lonely, incomplete, it wants certain completion, it wants some suitable partner that would complete it.

The mind is tense, it wants something that would give it the deepest relaxation, that is the natural urge of the mind to want something that is outside of it. Inside the mind, there are the usual patterns, the daily rigmarole, the chaos, the disorders, the conditioning, the patterns, the fragments; the influences all of which are a burden upon the mind. The mind keeps seething under its own burden like a weak man who cannot take his own weight — that is the situation of the mind.

The mind wants freedom from all these but what is the mind? Nothing but all these. So the mind wants essentially freedom from itself. This urge of the mind to get something outside of itself, free of itself is love.

At the same time, love is something that the mind wants. Now the mind has two interests. One — it knows only that which is within it. So if it wants something it can search that thing only within itself or within the mind and the domain of the mind is the entire world; that is one concern of the mind is. The second concern of the mind is — the mind says I want freedom and the mind lives only in experiences, it wants to experience the freedom which means that the mind wants to survive to experience freedom. So even as the mind is pulled by a great attraction towards peace it has these two other concerns.

Which are these two other concerns?

One — I want peace because I know only the world. Hence I want peace in the world…