Episode # 24 – How do we develop “Detachment” in Kali Yuga? Sage Pauraanika’s message!!!

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In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of the reply given by Sage Pauraanika on how to lead a spiritually sound life in this Kali Yuga. As we’ve been witnessing for the past few episodes, this Kali Yuga is going to be extremely challenging for spiritual seekers, owing to loads of uncertainties, confusions amongst people, lack of motivation to follow the spiritual path continuously, etc. However, Sage Pauraanika has a solution to all this and as a part of this, we’ve witnessed that visiting “Punya-Kshetras” might help us gain and re-gain the requisite knowledge that is required to walk the path of Dharma.

Eventually, we also witnessed that by developing “detachment” from worldly objects and aspects would be the prime requirement for spiritual aspirants in this Kali Yuga. In yesterday’s episode, we had commenced the discussion on this particular point by enlisting the various ways and means through which our mind gets trapped into unwanted attachments in this world. It might be attachment towards our family, attachment towards our physical and mental desires, attachment towards food items, most importantly money, gold, real estate, etc. In fact, the whole world today only runs after money, isn’t it? 😊 We’ve even gone to the extent of compromising anything and everything in life, for the sake of money! Thus, these unwanted attachments that we posses today are all factors that make us move away from Bhagawan and Dharma every time.

Now the question comes as to how do we come out of these worldly attachments that hamper our spiritual pursuit. There are many methodologies prescribed by various spiritual masters, various great Sages of yester-years and even by Bhagawan himself. In the Bhagawad Gita, Bhagawan Krishna himself talks about this important topic. He says,

“Uttharedaatmanaathmaanam aathmaanam ava saadhayeth!

Aathmaivahyaathmano bandhuhu aathmaiva ripuraatmanaha!!”

Here, Bhagawan Krishna explains to Arjuna thus, “Oh Arjuna! Your mind can be your best friend, as well as your best enemy in life!” Not understanding these words, Arjuna asks, “Oh Krishna! How can it be possible? How can my mind be both a friend and an enemy at the same time? It should be either of the two, isn’t it?” Bhagawan Krishna replies thus, “Oh Arjuna! If your mind is devoid of all worldly attachment, it can be your greatest friend on earth! Whereas, if your mind is fully into worldly attachments, there can never be a greater enemy than this!” This is exactly what Sage Pauraanika is saying here too. If at all we’ve to progress upwards spiritually, we need to have a mind who should be our “greatest friend”. This simply means that a “detached” mind is required for spiritual growth in this Kali Yuga!

Now what is the message that we can take out from Bhagawan Krishna’s and Sage Pauraanika’s words? The paramount aspect that we need to focus is to create more and more awareness about Bhagawan within ourselves. The more we do this, the mind will slowly start reducing its wandering towards worldly attachments and at one point, it is possible to free our mind completely from all of it. Here is where, readers should not get mistaken – For instance, if we classify “money”, “wealth”, “property”, etc. under worldly attachments, many of us would ask back, “Oh! How do we make a living in this world without earning money? How do we sustain in this world without having some property under our name? Are you asking us to lead our lives like beggars on the platform?” This is not the point here. Of course, money, wealth and property is required. It is a necessity in today’s life. It is totally agreed upon. But the problem comes when we start craving for excess of money, property, etc. Anything that we get in excess is not good for our life, isn’t it? For instance, just because I like sweets, can I keep eating sweets all three times a day? Just because I like samosas and pizzas, can I keep eating them all through the day? Won’t I land up in having cholesterol and blood-pressure related problems? Thus, if we like something, we have it in a controlled manner, isn’t it?

This is exactly what “detachment” is. The word “detachment” does not mean that we completely ignore something. It is just that we don’t “crave” for that something. This is the difference here – For instance, if we earn money through legitimate ways and if we’re able to derive satisfaction with what we earn and what we have, life becomes more peaceful isn’t it? Whereas, what is happening in today’s world? The problem is that people have started to “crave” for money. This feeling of “craving” is what Bhagawan Krishna describes as “attachment”. We’re witnessing every day the repercussions of people craving for money! The moment we crave for something, we would go to any extent to get it done! This is what is extremely dangerous and as ardent followers of our Sanaathana Dharma, we should immediately take stern steps to curtail this “craving”. This craving that I’m describing is not only for money, but for every other worldly aspect that we go behind today.

Hence, the point is that, if we’re able to get rid of these attachments by enhancing our knowledge about Bhagawan and His significance, we would slowly start progressing towards the path of Dharma. If we’re able to do this in a steadfast manner, no matter what obstacle comes by our way, we would be able to overthrow everything and chug along! So for today, let us ponder over this important point and in the next episode, we shall move forward with the next important point of discussion. Stay tuned! 😉

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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