The ‘normal’ mind finds intelligence repulsive

Acharya Prashant
7 min readDec 6, 2022

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

Acharya Prashant (AP): My mind, this brain resists all that you say, it does not find it attractive, there is no interest it sees here. What do I do?

I am so sure that this is a question not particular to him, there are so many others here who face the same question. And if you do not face this question then you are abnormal, really. Believe me. The normal person, the normal mind will always find the truth, the reality, and the action of intelligence a little repulsive. Understand this.

What does the brain want? We are going into this very, very directly, almost technically. The brain is a programmed apparatus coming from evolution and all it wants is security. All it wants is security. Security, in the sense of a continuation of its existence. A continuation of the way it already is. Now please write down, Brain versus Intelligence. Make two columns, one is Brain and the other is Intelligence. Number one, the chief concern of the brain is security. Now, how does it demand security, and what is the meaning of security? Understand this.

Security for the brain means that things must be as they were in the past. You see, the brain sees that it is alive today, it exists today and it has come here after journeying such a long distance. So its logic is that the past must be good and the proof that the past is good is that ‘I still exist’. Had the past been really bad then I would have been extinct by now. The past was good and that is the reason I have survived till today. That is the brain’s logic. The past was good. Everything taken together, it was nice and hence I have come till here otherwise I would have evaporated by now. So what does it say? It says that the future must also be like the past because the past was safe and secure. That is the meaning of security for the brain.

Now the brain wants security and for the sake of security, it wants to repeat all that it has experienced in the past and any attempt to move away from that is resisted by the brain, is deeply resisted by the brain. I hope you are getting the significance of all this.

The brain exists in a particular pre-conditioned fashion and if a new course comes to you or…