|| Shree Hari ||
27th May 2010, Thursday, Vaishaka Shukla Purnima, Guruvar
Vikram Samvat 2067, Sri Krishna Samvaat 5236
Discovery of Truth – 1
It is written in the scriptures that in the human body there is predominance of actions. When man has within him a desire to acquire something, then there is an inclination to act. An action is of two kinds – duty (kartavya) i.e. what ought to be done and “not duty” (akartavya) i.e. what ought not to be done. To do things with the spirit of selflessness is “duty” and to do things with the sentiments of selfishness is “not duty”. The root of doing what ought not to be done “akartavya”is desire for sense (contact born) pleasures. When desire for pleasures is wiped out “akartavya” is not done. When akartavya is not done, then duty is automatically performed. The spiritual discipline that happens naturally on its own is real and genuine, and that which one has to do (make and effort), it is false.
It is not a rule that a desire is always satiated. A desire may be or may not be satiated. Till today, all desires of even a single individual have not been satiated, nor can be satiated. If a desire arises but it does not get fulfilled, then one feels very sad! But the condition of man is such that he continues to feel sad by the non-fulfillment of his desires and at the same time he continues to have more desires! The end result is that neither all desires are satisfied, nor does the sorrow come to an end.
Therefore if a person wants to escape pain, the remedy is the renunciation of desires. Here a doubt may arise that why should we perform an action if we have no desires? The clarification to this is actions can be performed in order to reap its fruit and also to renounce the desire for its fruit. He who wants to be freed from the bondage of actions, he performs actions to renounce the desire for fruits.
Another doubt may arise that if we have no desire whatsoever then how will our life go on? Should we not need food-water etc for the sustenance of this life? The clarification here is that we have been taking food and water for many years, has our hunger and thirst been satisfied? The answer is “No”. So far our hunger and thirst has not been satiated! If we die without food and water, then are we not going to die by taking in food and water? One has to die regardless. As such our life is not dependent on fulfillment of desires. Did we receive mother’s milk at birth due to desiring? Life is not sustained by desire, but by destiny.
From book “Satya ki Khoj” in Hindi and “Discovery of Truth” pages 1-2 in English by Swami Ramsukhdasji
You can also read message in HINDI titled “Satya ki Khoj – 1 ” at : http://www.satcharcha.blogspot.com/