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Philosophy of Attachment and Aversion

:Shree Hari:

Chaitra Krishna Panchami Vikram Samvat 2064, Budhvar

Philosophy of Attachment and Aversion in Bhagavad Gita

When we assume that others are instrumental in providing pleasure and pain to us, then attachment and aversion ensue i.e. we get attached to the thing which we think provides pleasure and we have aversion towards that which will cause us pain.

In other words, attachment and aversion manifest, due to one’s own error, there is no other reason. It is because of attachment and aversion that we fail to perceive the world as a manifestation of God, and instead view it as insentient (inert) and perishable. If attachment and aversion are rooted out, then there is nothing insentient, rather everything is consciousness – All is God – “vasudevah sarvam” (Gita 7:19).

When attachment and aversion appear in the mind, one should not come under their sway i.e. one should not perform forbidden actions being swayed by them.

If actions are performed, under the influence of attachment, the flaws (evils) will be strengthened. But if actions are not performed under the sway of attachment or aversion, then man will be filled with enthusiasm. Just like, when someone says bitter words to us, but we do not get angry, then within we experience some level of enthusiasm and joy, knowing that today we have been saved. But one should not consider this as their own strength, but the strength and power of God, that it is only with His grace that we are saved, or else we would have come under their sway. In this manner, if a spiritual aspirant sees any flaws at any time, then we should not come under their sway, and at the same time not consider the flaws as in themselves.

If attachment and aversion were in us, then as long as we existed, attachment and aversion will also remain. But it is everyone’s experience, that self remains at all times, and attachment and aversion do not remain, rather they come and go. Attachment and aversion are incapable of accessing the Self (Soul, swayam), because the category of the Self is different from that of attachment and aversion.

He who is the witness to the coming and going of attachment and aversion (of the fleeting nature of it), he is apart (separate) from attachment and aversion. In other words, attachment and aversion are separate from us, and that mind and intellect that helps us decipher that, is also separate – “manogataan” (Gita 2:55).

From “The Bhagavad Gita – Sadhak Sanjivani” in Hindi pg 222, in English pg 389 by Swami Ramsukhdasji

Ram Ram

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Desires and Attachment

:Shree Hari:

Kartick Krishna Pratipada, Vikram Samvat 2063, Ravivar

Renounce desires as it is not from desiring that a thing is attained, rather it due to us from past deeds (praarabh). Desires lead to dependency and loss of equanimity. If we do not consider this body as ours, then there will be no desires. This is possible simply by accepting I (Self) as apart from the body. Thus become free from desires and attachment.

Be Free of Desires and Attachment

In the Gita, God has emphasized on the renunciation of desires. God, Saints and great Souls only tell us those things that we are able to do. Some of our desires are fulfilled, and some remain unfulfilled. Rather the relationship between fulfillment of desire is not with desire itself, but with what is due to us (through praarabdh). That which we desire, we will have to accept dependency on that thing or person. Also due to desiring, we will not be able to remain equanimous in fulfillment or non-fulfillment of these desires.

Desires and Attachments Lead to Loss of EquanimityIf we do not consider this body as ours, then there will be no desires. The Self (swarup) has no desires, because it is naturally blissful (sahaj sukhraashi). Desires are due to considering this body as ours. We have no lordship or command over this body, then how can it be ours? This body did not remain as before, but we (Self) are the same as before. This body is continuously separating from us. The detachment with this body is possible simply by acceptance of the apart-ness. It is not through various practices, study, repetition and leanings (abhyaas).

One who is unable to be free off desires and attachment, can never become a renunciate, an ascetic, detached from worldly objects.

Ram Ram

Desires and Attachment is from “Saagar ke Moti” in Hindi (page 41) by Swami Ramsukhdasji. This article was published in Yahoo Spiritual Group Sadhaka, learn more about Sadhaka.