|| Shree Hari ||
12th June 2010, Saturday, Jyeshth Krishna Amaavas, Shanivar
Vikram Samvat 2067,Sri Krishna Samvaat 5236
Freedom from Worldly Desires – 1 (Vairaagya)
Tapasaamapi sarveshaam vairaagyam param tapah |
Sacrifices, charity, disciplines, visiting holy places, study of scriptures, various virtuous actions, all kinds of austerities, freedom from worldly desires is the highest austerity. Through performing various religious acts (austerities) for personal gains, one can attain the heavens. However, it is only on doing these with a spirit of selflessness, that they can become the spiritual discipline for realizing God. But, freedom from worldly desires (vairaagya) only happens with the sentiments of selflessness. How can both – selfishness and freedom from worldly desires (vairaagya) exist at the same time? Therefore freedom from worldly desires (vairaagya) is essential and most useful for spiritual aspirant to attain the Divine. Many a times you may boast, but as long as freedom from worldly desires (vairaagya) is not there, the spiritual work will not be perfected.
Secondly, we may not know – how to speak, or have the knowledge or the practice of physical postures “asanas”, but on attaining freedom from worldly desire “vairaagya,” meditation and other disciplines will happen easily within. The skill in meditation will come throbbing on their own without any learning. As long as there is attraction for worldly things, and there is no love for the Lord, till then there is no freedom from worldly desire “vairaagya”. Vairaagya is where there is non-existence of inner “aantarik” attraction. It is not the name of external disguise “swaang”. It is the subject where there is sentiment of internal renunciation.
Vairaagya happens due to two reasons –
Suffering, fear, thoughts, spiritual disciplines and enlightenment. Of these reasons the freedom from worldly desire that comes gradually and continuously is best of all.
The freedom from worldly desire (vairaag) that comes from suffering (unhappy situations) – such as when house, wealth, wife, son, family etc. are not favorable, and when unfavorable situations come your way and where the sentiments are deeply about renouncing this world then that type of freedom from worldly desire (vairaagya) is called detachment due to suffering. This vairaagya that comes due to suffering is not genuine; because in that you have not had any relaxation, you received scolding, you were disrespected, you did not get what you wanted, thus the sentiments arise – why not leave the world, what is there in it? In this world there is only suffering and nothing but suffering. Such “vairaagya” can happen to anyone. Even a dog runs away when shown a stick, to save his life. Therefore this is not real “vairaagya”. In this whatever boredom is there and search for favorable circumstances, it is not “vairaagya”. The reason for this vairaagya is due to attraction (liking); because when the reason for unhappiness is removed, in other words, when favorable situations arise, it is difficult for the sentiments of renunciation to remain. If unfavorable situations do not remain, then all family members, begin to serve in a manner that is to your liking, then the freedom from worldly desire “vairaagya” is forgotten. In this only the objects are known to be the cause of unhappiness, which is one type of “vairaagya”.
In this manner, the “vairaagya” that is due to suffering is not real vairaagya, rather if at that time one receives good association then that very same vairaagya can increase and can be the cause of quest for knowledge of Self. Therefore that too can be called “vairaagya”.
From book “Saadhan, Sudha, Sindhu” in Hindi pg 497 by Swami Ramsukhdasji.
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