Episode # 338 – What can we learn from “Bhoomi” (Mother Earth), “Vaayu” (Air), “Aakaasha” (Sky) & “Aapaha” (Water)???

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In the previous episode, we had commenced witnessing Bhagawan Krishna’s reply to Uddhava, as part of the “Keshava-Uddhava-Samvaadham”. He tries to drive the point on “detachment”, just like how He had spoken about it a lot in His Bhagawad Gita earlier. Here, Bhagawan Krishna pulls up an old event that had conspired between King Yadu and an “Avadhoota” Sanyasin. We had witnessed yesterday that King Yadu was for some reason, very disturbed and he thus asks the “Avadhoota” Sanyasin, that how come as a Sanyasin wandering around, he seems to be so happy, and himself being a king with so much of luxuries and a great lifestyle, was always feeling disturbed without mental peace. Listening to King Yadu’s question, the Sanyasin explains how he maintains himself in the happy state of mind. He explains how he has not one, but twenty-five different “Gurus” and companions, to keep him happy! We had already witnessed who are the twenty-five different “Gurus” for the Avadhoota Sanyasin, and in today’s episode we shall witness what this Sanyasin learns from each of these twenty-five “Gurus”. We shall summarize it shortly and understand the key points from it.

Moving ahead thus, the Sanyasin replies to King Yadu with the following accord: “Oh Yadu! I learn a lot of patience from the “Bhoomi” because, no matter we stamp her, spit on her, walk on her, run on her, dig her, torture her to a huge extent, she stands firm to her ground! Such is her level of patience!” Even today, we see innumerable constructional activities, drilling, dredging, throwing of wastes, etc. on to it, but does Mother Earth react in return for all that we do to her? We should learn to understand the extremely important quality of “patience” from Mother Earth. Thus, the important learning here is that, if a Jeevatma has to become an “Atma-Gnyaani” and attain Bhagawan, he / she should have this level of patience and perseverance. Whatever might happen to us in due course of our life, we should never get bogged down easily. We should keep our anger in tight control and we should always try and maintain our calm and composure at all times.

Now, the Ssanyasin continues to explain what he learns from “Vaayu” (Air). He says thus, “Oh Yadu! From the air, I learn the important quality called “detachment”! For instance, if we experience a bad or a foul smell coming from somewhere, we understand that the smell is being brought to us via the air. But, is the air foul-smelling? No! The air as as pure as it is always. But its primary job is to take something from one place and spread it to the other. Even if there is a good smell of tasty food or an “agarbathi” or from flowers which we’ve offered to Bhagawan, this good smell is being brought to us by the air around. But the air itself cannot be judged whether it is good or bad. Thus, whatever happens to us in life, we should just be a spectator like the air, by not getting too much attached to what is happening around us. The moment we start getting attached to worldly affairs, we are going to deviate from our spiritual path. Thus, we ccan learn the important quality of “detachment” from Vaayu or air.

Next, the Sanyaasin explains what does he learn from the “Aakasha” (Sky). We can witness that the sky is the transient place for all the stars, sun, moon, etc. But just because all of them use the sky to traverse their respective paths, does the sky start proclaiming that the sun or the moon is it’s own? No, isn’t it? This is another dimension of detachment that we’ve to understand from the sky. Just like how the sky allows the sun and moon to traverse through it, it doesn’t get carried away with any sort of relationship with any of them passing by. The sky treats all of them like tresspassers on the road and doesn’t give a damn to any of them, isn’t it? Hence, this form of detachment is an extremely important lesson for all of us – As we take this human birth, we’re carried away with so many friends, relatives, and innumerable kinds of bondings that we have with people around us. The more and more we’re developing bondings with people, the less and less is going to be our spiritual progress. Thus, if we’ve to make steadfast spiritual progress, we’ve to lessen our “burden” of bondings by practicing detachment, just like how the sky treats the stars, sun and moon.

Subsequently, the Sanyasin explains what has he learnt from water. If for instance, we pour a bucket full of water on a dirty surface with lot of force, what would the water do? It would immediately clean the surface from all the dirt and would wash them away from that surface isn’t it? Will the water ever complain that it is being thrown upon an extremely dirty surface or a moderately dirty surface? Whichever is the surface upon which it is thrown, it’s only duty is to wash the dirt away! Similarly, the “Guru” or the “Spiritual Master” is like this water – No matter how much of dirt with which a “Sishya” (Disciple) comes to Him / Her, the primary job of the Guru is to wash all the dirt off His / Her disciple. This is what we can learn from this anecdode. Thus, we should understand from this context, an important point that, the purpose of approaching a “Spiritual Master” is to clean ourselves of all our “Karma” and ready ourselves to attain “Moksha”. We’ve already witnessed multiple times in the past that we would be able to reach Moksha only if we’re totally devoid of all “Karmas” that we’ve accumulated during all these births till date. If we’ve to wash away all of these, the only way to do it is to surrender to the feet of the spiritual master.

Thus, these are some important learnings that we should understand from the “Bhoomi”, “Vaayu”, “Aakaasha” and “Aapaha”. So for today, let us recollect these and instate these points into our minds and we should make a conscious attempt to put them into practice. We shall witness the learnings from the subsequent aspects in the next episode! 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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