This is Not Love

Acharya Prashant
8 min readApr 3, 2024

Love is great. Love is necessary. Love is beautiful.

But what is love?

For most of us, love is the greatest excitement and comfort — and also the greatest suffering. Whether love has become a problem or something you cherish the most in your life, please go deeper into the matter. Know what real love is. Know the myths that surround it.

Acharya Prashant extends a helping hand, compassionately challenging our notions of love and uprooting the deep-seated myths around it that lead to human suffering.

Love never goes wrong. It is our misplaced notions that go wrong.

The following seven points challenge our beliefs and give deeper insight into a matter that affects us the most.

  1. The Myth of Love — — — — — — — — — -

This is going to be a little tough on us and our concepts, and also on our sentimentality:

There is nothing called love between two human beings or love between a human being and any other object. Two human beings can never love each other, and I am saying this with full responsibility and understanding.

Man is born in a crowd, but he has a deep loneliness within. It requires at least two for a human being to be born, so man is always born in a society. On one hand, man being born in a society has several others to relate to — yet none of those relationships are ever able to fill up the hole in the heart.

Man keeps relating in various ways, but that which he wants is hardly ever supplied by the others. We would not be mistaken if we say that others are fundamentally incapable of satiating your deepest urge.

No human being can give you what you really want. And to expect it from a person is to place your hopes wrongly. You would be disappointed.

That which we call as ‘love’ is usually just a misplaced hope.

Love has to be seen differently. And when you look at it differently, then you will be able to throw brighter and clearer light on what human relationships are.