You are doomed to meet the Guru; you cannot escape Him

Acharya Prashant
3 min readApr 3, 2023

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

Acharya Prashant (AP): The Teacher offers unsolicited support when you do not feel any need for that support. Then you get used to that support.

Then the Teacher takes it away. You are in tears and you declare him insensitive and undependable. “How dare he break the pot he himself so lovingly made?”, you shout.

You walk away in rage and despondency and stumble.

And he supports, yet again. In another form, in another name.

You are doomed to meet the Guru. You cannot escape him. He will support you despite your ingratitude and break you despite your gratefulness.

He is You.

AP: The subject does not ‘see’ as such. Seeing is always in details, in naamroop, and hence limited and fragmented.

Seeing is the function of the mind. The mind sees, gives names, relates events, and forms meanings. Such seeing is nothing but perception.

The Subject merely ILLUMINATES.

In this illumination, the mind sees.

For example, the Sun illuminates and your eye sees. The Sun has no distinction for details; the eye and mind form divisions and give meanings. Even though all these meanings are unreal, the very fact that your eye can see is certain proof that a grand source of illumination is present.

Once again, the false is the only proof of the true.

AP: One of the clearest indicators of the quality of your existence is the quality of your love. You can only love the small, the stunted, and the sick.

If ever a healthy one crosses your way, what will you do? You will hide afraid of him, you will bow to him, you will hate him, you will kneel and be awestruck, you will sing his virtues and kill him. But do you think you can ever love him? NEVER. It is beyond you to love the really lovable.

AP: Realization is always a by-product. By chance, by Grace, Serendipity.

Who can plan for it and achieve it? Can one even desire it, when one does not know it? All our desires are for something else.