19th May, 2008, Monday
Baisakh Shukla Purnima, Vikram Samvat 2065, Somvar
Freed from attachment, fear and anger, absorbed in Me and taking refuge in Me, purified by the penance of knowledge, many have attained union with My Being. (Gita 4:10)
“Vitaraagabhayakrodhaa manmayaa maamupaasritaah
Bahavo jnaanatapasaa poota madbhaavamaagataah.” (Gita 4:10)
When a man has disinclination for God, he gets attached to the perishable objects. It is because of his attachment that he has the sense of “mine” for the objects attained and a desire for those that are not attained. He has greed (want of more) for those objects that are already acquired and gets angry with those that are roadblocks in the acquisition of those objects. If those individuals that are roadblocks, are stronger than him, it causes fear within him. Thus attachment to perishable objects gives birth to fear, anger, greed, desire, feeling of “mine” and other vices. If attachment is renounced, all these vices will perish. If instead of regarding the objects as ours, and for us, we regard these as belonging to others, for others, and render service to others with them, then attachment perishes, as we have no affinity for such objects and actions.
As a disinterested friend of all beings, God without any selfish motive, descends to this mortal world, in order to inspire beings to attain salvation. When a man has a firm belief that He is a disinterested friend of all beings, then he is attracted towards God. The attraction for God, wipes out the attraction for the world. For example, in childhood, children play the game of marbles and have attraction for the same. They fight for their share of winnings in marbles. When they grow older, instead of having attraction for marbles or toys, they have attraction for money. But when they are inclined towards God, they have no attraction for the mundane objects and riches. Their attachment to worldly objects is renounced. As soon as it is renounced, fear and anger are rooted out, because both of these depend on attachment.
“Manmayaa” – When a man knows the truth about the divine nature of the Lord’s birth and actions, He becomes dear to him. So he takes refuge in Him and gets absorbed in Him.
Those that have attraction for mundane pleasures get absorbed in desire for pleasure (Gita 2:43), while those that have attraction for God ever remain absorbed in Him (Narada Bhaktisutra 70). They lose their individuality because of their exclusive devotion to Him and identify themselves with Him. (to be continued)
From “The Bhagavad Gita – Sadhak Sanjivani” by Swami Ramsukhdasji in English pg. 484
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