The craziness that begins and ends in God

Acharya Prashant
6 min readNov 14, 2020

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

At the end of a crazy moon night

the love of God rose.

I said, “It’s me Lalla.”

The beloved woke. We became That,

and the lake is crystal-clear.

~Lal Ded

Acharya Prashant (AP): There is nothing in nature that doesn’t take you closer to your center. This must be understood. Why is it said and heard that the Rishis would go to jungles for meditation? Why is it so that the distressed mind moves towards nature for peace? At the center, there is nothing except peace, and then there is the first layer; the layer of the physical universe. The layer of the trees, the animals, the moon, the rivers, the flesh, and the blood. And then, man builds another layer over it which is the layer of abstractions, ideas, concepts, social formulations, language. Distressed by all that, man wants to return to his center. And when you return to your center, what is it that you find?

There is a center, and there is a circle of physicality, which is not manmade. And then there is all that is man-made. From the man-made when you would go to…