Subject: [sadhaka] The Essential Self is Free of Attachment and Aversion (Oct 11, 2007) :Shree Hari:
11th October, 2007, Thursday
Ashwin Krishna Amavasya, Vikram Samvat 2064, Guruvar
Please pay great attention to this point and understand it perfectly. When it is very hot, then we feel hot, and when it is very cold, we feel cold. Even after we feel the heat and cold, do we say that the heat and cold are in us? The heat and cold are not in me, but I have been affected by the heat and cold. Similarly attachment and aversion have an immediate affect on us, but instead we say that, I am filled with attachment and aversion ! This is a grave mistake. God has said this very clearly –
“Maatraasparshaastu kaunteyah sheetoshnasukhadukhdaah
Aagmaapaayinonityaastaanstitikshasva Bharat.” (Gita 2:14)
“Oh Sun of Kunti ! those bodily sense objects, that give rise to feelings of heat and cold, pleasure and pain etc, (happiness and unhappiness through favorable and unfavorable situations) are transitory and fleeting. Therefore Arjuna, bare these patiently. (i.e. remain unaffected by them or ignore them).
In this verse, God has used the words heat and cold. We are affected by both heat and cold, but the heat and cold are not in us. The heat and cold comes and goes and is temporary, but Self remains as is, at all times (eternally) – “Nityah sarvagatah sthaanurachlochayam sanaatanah.” (Gita 2:24). Get deeply immersed in this point and understand it. This is not a joke. It is a very important and true point that can lead to immediate realization.
If there is attachment in us, then it would remain with us at all times, i.e. as long as we remain, that attachment will remain, and when we are no more, then attachment will also go away. Similarly with aversion. But in reality, we (Self) ever remains, and the attachment and aversion does not stay, it comes and goes, then how is attachment and aversion in us ?
From “Nitya Yog ki Praapti” in Hindi pg 92 by Swami Ramsukhdasji
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