That is love

Acharya Prashant
4 min readSep 9, 2020

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

Questioner (Q): Acharya Ji, so is there a bond between love and liberation?

Acharya Prashant (AP):

We love to be liberated.

We want Liberation, so that we may love.

Man’s primary draw, man’s fundamental pull is towards Freedom. People call it the ‘Truth’.

So you love freedom, you love to be liberated. You go towards That, which will relieve you of your sense of bondage.

You feel bonded, you feel enclosed.

You are drawn towards That, which you feel will give you relief from your chains, and pull down your walls.

That is Love.

That attraction is — Love.

So you may be attracted to any thing or any body, but fundamentally you are being attracted only towards Liberation. You might be attracted sexually towards somebody, but even there, what you are looking for is — Liberation.

“There is something within me that is so incomplete. By being with you, I sense that I might begin to feel complete. That will give me Liberation from my sense of incompletion.” And that is why you are drawn towards a man or a woman. The pinnacle of that Liberation is the moment of orgasm, when you feel liberated from just everything. It is in search of that one moment, that you go to a woman.

Q: So, is spiritual being really loving and caring?

AP: First of all, we all are spiritual beings. Because we may or may not have spiritual antecedents or pretensions, but we are anyway drawn towards Peace, Love, Truth. And that is what is meant by being ‘spiritual’.

To be drawn towards Peace is Spirituality.

And there is nobody here, who is not drawn towards Peace.

So, there is no living being who is not spiritual.

We all are spiritual.

It is just that some of us follow so-called spiritual practices, others don’t.

There are some who associate themselves with religions and cults, others don’t. But to be a man, is to be spiritual. To have a heart, is to be spiritual. Everybody is