There are two of you. You must know which one is being addressed.

Acharya Prashant
5 min readJan 24, 2023

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

Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of what you truly love.

~ Rumi

Acharya Prashant (AP): Another verse by Rumi which is susceptible to deep misinterpretation.

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of what you truly love.”

Focus on three words.

What is ‘yourself’?

“By the strong pull of what you truly love.” What is this ‘you’?

And thirdly, what is meant by ‘true love’?

The word ‘you’ comes twice. What is meant by the word ‘you’? What is meant by ‘yourself’, when it comes the first time? What is meant by ‘you’ when it comes the second time? And what is meant by ‘true love’? If these things are not clear, then one would really misinterpret these words, and harm himself and others.

The first ‘yourself’ refers to the ego. The first ‘yourself’ refers to the common, mortal ego. And ego is fragmented. Ego is a sum total of influences. It comes from here and there. It is not really you. But at the same time, the ego does not exist in a vacuum. The ego has an organic, deep, loving relationship with its Source.

You could say, “The substance of the ego comes from worldly influences, but the origin of the ego lies in the source of everything.” The source of everything, is also, the source of ego. Ego’s stuff comes from the world, but the root of the ego does not come from the world. That comes from the same place, the world comes from. Are you getting it?

“Let yourself be drawn.”

‘Yourself’ refers to all the ego stuff that has come from worldly influences.

“By the strong pull of what you truly love.”

And there is that point in the ego, which comes, not from the world, which is always connected to the Source, which is original, which is the child of the Sun itself, which you can call as ‘the son of God’.

“Let ‘yourself’,” let the entire crowd in the mind, let the entire world of thoughts and influences…

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