Bhagavad Gita and Detachment

Brahmanyaadhaaya karmaani Sangam tyaktwaa karoti yah
Lipyate na sa paapena Padmapatram ivaambhasaa //   
                                                                          Bhagavad Gita, Chp 5, Shl 10.

He who performs actions,  offering them to Brahman, abandoning attachment is not tainted by sin, just as a lotus leaf remains unaffected by the water on it.

The word “Detachment” is a much-abused word like the word “Love”. I ain’t kidding! If you don’t believe me, turn around and ask anybody what is the first thing that comes to their mind when they hear the word ‘detachment’.

Every day we detach from things and people, it is a natural progression. Something that comes naturally to us seems difficult when applied to things or people- we love, it can be literally anything- animate or inanimate.

I-ness.pngMany believe the feeling of ‘mine-ness’ creates attachment. But if you notice from the I-ness, emerge other feelings including MINE. An example is how marriage brings a significant change to mine-ness, our loyalties slowly but certainly transfer from one’s family of origin to the new partner, don’t they? Yet nothing ever changes to the feeling of ‘I’. Rather than addressing the effects, we should learn to tackle the root.

When I first started on this, I thought it was important to free myself from the so-called loved things. But the list was endless and had no clue where to start; under the guidance of my Guru and through self-reflection, realised that I was never really attached to the endless list. I was in fact attached to the tools- senses, mind, intellect and later discovered that the attachments weren’t mine but were of my Acquired or Pseudo “I”.

However, we need the pseudo self to work our way through in the society but while that is functioning, we should stay true to our identity within. With time, it will flow naturally till then we need to keep bringing the wandering mind and focusing on NOW. Because only if you are in the field of awareness you can be ‘YOU’ and observe the interactions. And when you become an observer then you realise the actions, as well as their fruits, were never yours. It is a task in itself as we as we are never fully present in the now but there is nothing practice can’t perfect 🙂

Tasmād asaktah satatam  Karyam  karma samācara
Asakto hy ācaran karma Param āpnoti Purusah //   
                                                                         Bhagavad Gita, Chp 3, Shl 19.

Therefore, only those who act without being attached to the fruits of his action, but as a matter of performing his duty, can attain the Supreme/Peace.

Trust me, you have no clue how I felt when this whole concept sunk in. For that matter, do not take any idea which comes your way, even if it comes from holy scriptures or a Guru. We’d been gifted with an intellect and we should use it. And apply only those principles that you believe in.  According to me, this is the best way forward to spiritual maturity.

Clearly, detachment is not about being aloof or emotionless, but disassociating from our acquired self and using it when necessary than being used by it.  Take control, practice detached engagement by finding strength from the lotus. For the beautiful lotus to blossom, the plant must fight through mud and water and yet not allowing the murkiness to affect it in any way. If the plant can do it, so can we 🙂

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Desires makes Man Mystique and drives him to Mysticism

What is Man? Is he not a bundle of Desires.

If DESIRE maketh the man. Then, what is this desire?

If we look into Upanishads they say desire springs from our vasanas, our deep-seated mental impressions that are carried forward with rebirths.Psychoanalysis says with drive born of desire gives birth to arousal and actions.

Have you ever wondered why does this make the most evolved species on this planet mystique? It is because our desires, thought or actions are different, considering we being equipped with the same mental faculties.

We as humans are constantly learning from our surroundings, experiences and society. These propel our desires too other than our inbuilt mental impressions. They sometimes can end up riveting in diametrically opposite desires (coming in conflict with each other) which creates conflict. Not many understand their mental faculties which lead them into physiological and psychological problems

Can we fulfil all our desires? Not all desires are fulfilled for reasons like they being innate depravity of our nature or against societal norms. Such are either sublimated or repressed which can lead to tension, anxiety and even depression.

Though born of the same blood, each perceives a situation/thing in more than one way (in his or her own way). Not even identical twins think alike. As we perceive the world so we act which makes us different from other species. Perhaps the development of the Prefrontal Cortex explains this. Also, this makes the concept of right and wrong foreign.

Now old scriptures do have an answer to this mystery and science second the same. They ask us to be detached from our thoughts and that help us make an unbiased decision.

Now the word detachment frightens us and many have interpreted this word in zillion ways, making it a Yogins right. Battling the internal and external conflicts few decide not live a compromised life and continue on their journey to self-knowledge, choosing Mysticism.

I marvel at such strong desire to go beyond the intellect to understand the meaning of life. It might sound to many like a wild goose chase but simple small steps can take us to the less travelled side of life. It shall equip us with the strength to lead a more positive life.