To know why a man and a woman are in conflict is to know why the world is in conflict

Acharya Prashant
20 min readMar 5, 2023

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

Question: I want to know why the world is at the moment so harsh?

Acharya Prashant (AP): There is nothing that one group, one community, or one person experiences that the other has never experienced or is not experiencing even to the slightest degree. Fundamentally we are all one. As human beings, we all perceive the world through our senses, we all operate through language, we all think and our basic tendencies are all the same.

The same urge to have security, the same urge to find love, the same repulsion from the feeling of termination, of disappearance, the same attachments, and the same kinds of identifications. We’re all very much one and the oneness becomes more and more apparent as we go deeper into our psyche — the mind. As we go deeper into the mind, the similarities become very apparent.

You see you take one mother here in the Netherlands and you take another mother somewhere in Africa, if you just superficially look at them, you will only see differences. You will see differences in name, you will see differences in physique, you will see differences in the diet; you will see a lot of differences. Then you look at their…