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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To LET GO and NOT TO POSSESS is indeed difficult, but not impossible 😉.

We cannot really possess anything here forever, can we? Are our possessions independent or dependent upon factors such as economy, luck, culture, inheritance, fate and many more? I am sure you will agree that it is dependent on things which is not always in our control.

Yet, our society continues to judge a persons worth by what he possess. If we have to judge somebody then define him by the things he pursues and not by his possessions. Don’t you think judging and comparing is only getting us into a race and preventing us from living a full life. All these bound mankind.

Who likes to live this life here bounded? If you are anything like me, then you would have probably started focussing your mental energy in discovering a solution to this problem😛. If you want to understand the roots of bondage then my suggestion is to engage in search in one of two ways; either by reflecting on our own experiences or to take the help of any text(that which talks about the mind). I found and agree that bondage comes mainly from 4 elements.

  1. Egocentric Desires: There is no end to it.
  2. Thoughts:  Positive or Negative both should be avoided unless necessary. How could you practice Mindfulness if you are entertaining all 60,000 thoughts a day. Try to  Live in the Present.
  3. Relations: Too much of possessiveness in a relationship breeds psychological dependence and that leads to fear. I don’t have to tell you what fear does to a relationship 😉
  4. Possessions: Money, Power, Fame, Property etc. We love them more than our lives 😀

But freedom from the above shouldn’t be taken literally. Freeing doesn’t mean you have to run away from yourself or from your closed ones. It means to free yourself from anything that bounds you down mentally, that can be fear, anxiety, stress, jealousy-anything that does not allow your mind to manifest fully. Oh, by the way, where can you run. Wherever you go, your mind, which is bound is going to accompany you anyways. I believe strongly that a strong mind can lead to a strong ME. I remind & repeat to myself zillion times the mantra: “It is My Right to Stay ‘Happy’ and I and only I have control over it”.

So, Let Go and Experience the Freedom. It would be nerve wracking to have to explain the same to a novice mind to take this route to happiness. But I am positive that my readers are all who have contemplated Life and its meaning. You know very well that happiness is not derived from our possessions but comes from the appreciation of what we have.

If we can let go of the above then we can flow like the river with freedom unbound towards the ocean, nourishing all that it comes in contact with 😊

Bhagavad Gita beautifully describes the greed around possessions

What did you lose that you cry about? What did you bring with you, which you think you have lost? What did you produce, which you think got destroyed? You did not bring anything – whatever you have, you received from here. Whatever you have given, you have given only here. You came empty handed, you will leave empty handed. What is yours today, belonged to someone else yesterday, and will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow. You are mistakenly enjoying the thought that this is yours. It is this false happiness that is the cause of your sorrows.

in shortBE HAPPY & LET GO 🙂