Man has love for light but is habituated towards darkness

Acharya Prashant
6 min readJun 30, 2021

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

Questioner (Q): Acharya Ji, why do we avoid looking at the source of our thoughts and actions? Why does man choose darkness in spite of being fully aware of it? How to live the Truth?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Going to the Source is such a great method. If you want somebody to quit flesh-eating, just take them to the source from where the flesh comes. Just take them to a meat factory, take them to an animal farm.

Once you have seen the source of rubbish, rubbish becomes unacceptable.
And that is why we avoid seeing the source.

Now you know why sex is performed in a dark room? There are a few things of which the source must be left unseen, otherwise, the fun of titillation goes out.

Knowledge is dangerous.
Self-knowledge is even more dangerous.
It is not that we are incapable of seeing the Source of our thoughts, our emotions, actions, motivations.
We are not incapable, we are just unwilling.

We are just unwilling because the Jalebi (a sweet) is so damn tempting, and we have totally spoiled our taste buds.

Some people won’t even look at the expiry date of their favorite food items because that knowledge might mean that they have to dispose-off that knowledge item. Just eat it, and remain blind.

Certain pleasures can come only in blindness, that’s why so much blindness exists. Pleasure necessitates blindness.

Now you also know why it is difficult to teach. Not that people cannot understand, it’s just that they do not want to understand.

Once I said, “We have a great interest in not understanding. Understanding is dangerous.” To most people it is not ignorance that is dangerous, it is Understanding that is dangerous.

The funny thing is that you know that the knowledge is dangerous, which means that you also know that you are living in a sandcastle. You also know that you are living in a city of delusion, you also know that you are living in darkness, and that is why you are so afraid of the Light.

And that’s counter-intuitive.

Acharya Prashant