TOO MUCH ATTACHMENT IS REGRESSIVE
In essence, too much of attachment (Moh) in anything or anybody robs our sense of proportion and inculcates error of judgment of loss of consciousness. It clouds our value system or correct perspective. It also gives more credence to the mundane worldly possessions or attitude of personal concerned. This attachment may be towards our own life.
A DETACHED MENTAL OUTLOOK ALONG WITH HUMANE TOUCH MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE
The realization about too much of attachment (Moh) to our own impermanent body even came about while I was on an operation theatre with a team of doctors, headed by Dr. Rupesh, around me for heart angiography in Mata Chanan Devi Hospital in Delhi a few days back. Some questions popped up in my mind; such as what would happen if the level of blockage would be more than 90% or what if something uncertain happens during the operation? Then, suddenly an inner thought came about, with the grace of God, ‘accept whatever is destined. Then a warm and positive emotional upsurge from inner recesses of heart popped up and all the negative feelings of despondency evaporated in the thin air. Firstly, the hospitalization also gave me opportunity to know about the physicians, paramedics, supporting staff etc. All these make huge difference. While these most significant ones have humane touch and positive attitude then God’s grace seeps into them and have spread effect on the patients. Secondly, the most ambiance, updated technology for providing cure for the patients but of all these accessibility of doctors, assistance of supporting staff including nursing staff play a most significant role. But I opine that hospital staff with detached mindset, humility, accessible attitude and above all humane attitude along with competence of the staff to operate the intricate technology etc. goes a long way in ameliorating the condition of the patients admitted.
DETACHMENT IS NOT TOTAL WITHDRAWAL FROM WORDLY AFFAIRS
While we are leading a spiritual oriented existence, we tend to think that we are living a detached existence. Following a spiritual path believing that we are living a life bereft of any responsibility, living aloof, away from friends, family members besides not feeling pain when others are having. This sort of supposed detached existence puts us in quandary. We neither understand about spiritual way of living nor detached existence! Leading a spiritual path means not to be overly possessive about worldly possessions. In actual practice, life is a mix of happiness and sadness. Sometime it manifests in sorrow and sometimes happiness.We may live with detached existence or partly detached and partly attached, thus creating limitations of our own creation. Detachment hardly mmeans total withdrawal or remaining aloof from worldly affairs but remain performing our duties bereft of malice, jealousy, anger, withdrawal from mundane things in life.
In Sikhism, the term attachment (Moh) is due to consciousness (delusion) s well as an attitude of attachment for the mundane. Guru Nanak says: The whole world is engulfed by mundane values and attachment to it. In a way, delusion is more general and exhaustive in meaning and may include the attachment born out of wrong views.
In Buddism, it has been mentioned that ignorance is the root cause of attachment (Moh) which is illusive and too much mundane fascination.
Importantly, all the problems which are being confronted by us humans are related to too much attachment (Moh) to worldly possessions, status, relations etc. Our desires for sense gratification go without interruption and goes on multiplying partly due to competition with others and partly due to fulfillment of our egocentric tendencies. Then when we have too much attachment either with our relatives, then, when we lose them due their parting ways either temporarily or permanently there is too much of despondency, Factually, there always would existential problem without our relatives and friends who are always there to assist us whenever we require their help. This overly attachment would make us off putting.
TOTAL CONTROL OF OUR EMOTIONS
While we have total control over our mind, we can control our emotions and having total control over our emotions thereby we can prioritize our thought processes, emotions and desires. This could be accomplished through living with a philosophy of forgetting and forgiving, a policy of not sticking to anything or everything in life. In Bhagwad Gita it has been said that we should have the philosophy of ‘letting go’ without clinging on to the fruits of our actions.
BEING DETACHED FROM THE RESULT OF OUR ACTION
It is a undisputed fact that if fixated about the outcome of rather than focusing on the job at hand then that job will not give us appropriate result While giving piece of advice to Arjuna, Lord Krishnna tells him to perform duty without attachment to the fruits of his action. Further, we’ve to continue to engage in the pursuit of knowledge and use such knowledge for getting our mission accomplished but being detached from the fruits of action. Here total renunciation is better than meditation even. With renunciation, we can attain peace of mind, contentment and ultimately happiness besides attaining our result of our sincere action.
DETACHMENT HARDLY MEANS DETACHMENT FROM THE WORLDLY AFFAIRS
Lack of attachment or remaining total indifferent hardly means withdrawing from the job at hand or from worldly affairs. At best we can have total concentration on the mission accomplishment with factors involved to fructify such mission. It hardly means running away from duties from the family or loved ones, society community or duty at hand and remaining aloof. In sacred Vedas it has been enunciated that we all are interconnected in one way or other. We are part and parcel of Supreme Being. Wife and husband are physically and emotionally connected and without their sincere connect and emotional involvement, reproduction in order to continue civilization is not possible. We cannot have mechanical way of our existence. Naturally, we have an immense capacity of giving and taking love. But this should be within a limit.
FOR STARTING A MISSION IECHA SHAKTI (STRENTH OF OUR DESIRE) IS A MUST
Factually, there cannot be any function in this world bereft of sincere desire or Iecha which is taken as greatest Shakti (power). Our desire is the first step for starting any mission. It may be any intractable job or any intricate operation. Without desire, we cannot have even a thought of starting any desire for fructification. It may be starting a project or business or any venture.
In Vedanta, there are three aspects of life. These are Iccha, Jnana and Kriya. To fructify these aspects, it is important that we have purified mind. Here Iecha Shakti or strong determination is of paramount importance in order to attain any goal in life. The main purpose of Lord Krishana’s teachings in Bhagwat Gita is to change the mindset of Arjuna so that he performs his primary duty of a Kashtriya is to fight. It can hardly be attained through renunciation or detachment. Bereft of desire, we cannot achieve anything in life.
DETACHMENT HARDLY MEANS DESIRELESS
Detachment is not about shunning away from our duties that come with some strings attached. It is about seeing and experiencing things as they truly are, without clinging on to anything neither good nor bad, neither action or inaction, neither desires or desirelessness, neither emotions or emotionlessness – but seeing everything as wonderful, without gauging through our mental perceptions and judgments.
LIMITING OUR DESIRES
Truthfully, we cannot be desireless as we cannot remain emotionless in our life. As we know everything in the universe is interconnected therefore we cannot be totally detached. Icchia shakti is a must, without which nothing tangible happens. ‘
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