By not mis-utilizing things with our intellect, thoughts, abilities, and instead utilizing them properly, the relationship formed with those things is wiped out. Also by serving without a selfish motive, the assumed relationship with the individual (person) is wiped out. When this relationship is wiped out, one attains freedom. Here there is a doubt, that when worldly relationships are discontinued, severed, then why are these great liberated souls, still engaged in serving others? Here the understanding is that it has become their nature as a result of their spiritual state, to see to the well-being and benefit of all beings – “Sarva bhootehite rataah.” (Gita 5:25, Gita 12:4) Therefore even though there is nothing of importance remaining to do, to know and to acquire, yet their nature remains to do what is beneficial to all – “Swabhaavstu pravartateh” (Gita 5:14). Lord declares – “Even a liberated man acts according to his own nature.” (Gita 3:33) . It means that by remaining engrossed in the welfare of others, their affinity for the world is completely detached; and therefore do not have to make an effort to work for the welfare of others, rather the welfare of others becomes a spontaneous activity. It becomes second nature to do that which is for the well-being of others.
Except God whatever we regard as ours becomes polluted because it is the sense of “mineness” which is filth (pollution) – “Let the filth of mineness be burnt” (Manasa 7/117a). Not only this but by regarding the persons as our own, we want to become their master but in fact we become their slaves. We want to set them right but in fact they are set wrong. By doing so we defile our body, sense, mind, intellect, ego, wife, sons, family, riches and property etc., and create an obstacle to their improvement. But if we don’t regard them as ours they are purified by God’s power and become a unique gift of God because in reality they belong only to God.
If we regard an object as ours, it becomes polluted and we become orphans and slaves. But if we don’t regards it as ours, it is purified and liberated.
From “Sahaj Sadhana” in Hindi pg 20-21 by Swami Ramsukhdasji
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