Love is not an isolated explosion, it is a continuous resonance

Acharya Prashant
5 min readDec 31, 2021

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

Acharya Prashant (AP): See, it is quite pleasing to say and hear that Love is an explosion. It reassures us that there is something indeed very powerful, pleasant, and redeeming that may happen to us. But if we pay attention to the word ‘explosion’ — explosions cannot keep happening every time. An explosion is significant only because it happens sporadically, infrequently, once in a while.

Do you want Love to come to you only like explosions come to a place?

Where do you live?

Listener 1 (L1): I live in Lubiana, it’s a small village, near the forest, in Poland.

AP: That’s so beautiful. Small village, near the forest and not too far from the capital. So let’s take Lubiana, how frequently do you hear explosions in Lubiana?

L1: (laughs) No explosions there.

AP: When was the last time that you heard an explosion in Lubiana?

L1: In 1991, when there was civil war over there.

AP: Okay, in 1991, when there was a civil war. And we remember it, it was significant, right? We don’t remember other things. You remember explosions. Explosions appear very significant to the ego. So you remember them. Do you want Love to be like explosions? Significant to the ego but happening once in twenty years or thirty-five years.

But if it happens that way, once in thirty-five years then it would indeed be memorable. You would remember it right? Just like you remember World War 2. An explosion is significant precisely because you don’t have it every day, and when it happens then it is a mark, a stain, a dent on the mind. Do you get it?

Do you want Love to be like that? Or would you rather have Love like the Ganges, continuously flowing? Do you have a river in Slovenia?

L1: Yes.

AP: What is its name?

L1: Sava.

AP: When was the last time, the Sava was seen flowing? When does Sava flow?

L1: Every day.

Acharya Prashant