Episode # 174 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna illustrates “DETACHMENT” through the fruit-vendor episode!!!

In the previous episode, we were at an important juncture wherein we were discussing a few important points pertaining to Bhagawan Bala-Krishna granting the highest “Moksha” to an ordinary fruit vendor who was selling fruits on the streets of Gokula. We’ve witnessed how all of us, living beings are equal under the divine eyes of Bhagawan, and how all of us have equal opportunities to attain “Moksha”. There is absolutely no difference between any one of us as living beings on this earth. All those differences that we figure out amongst each other with respect to being rich, poor, differences in caste, gender, creed, race, etc. are all pertaining to the “Deham” only, and not the “Atman”. Bhagawan Krishna too stresses upon this important point many a times in His Bhagawad Gita that all living beings are the same with regards to the “Atman”, and the “Atman” is one pure invisible form which stimulates the “Deham” to perform its “Karma”. We need to understand this point very clearly. 

Secondly, we’ve also witnessed an important question as to how ready are we to attain “Moksha”, if Bhagawan is ready to grant it to us this very minute. We’ve witnessed how this fruit vendor had exemplary amount of spiritual maturity to accept the offer immediately, as against us, who often boast ourselves to be “spiritually knowledgeable” with the Vedas and other scriptures and even then, would be “attached” to the worldly pleasures into which Bhagawan is pushing us into! The point is very clear here – If we’re ready to accept the “Moksha” offer immediately as and when Bhagawan is giving us, it simply means that we’re of the highest level of spiritual growth and maturity. On the other hand, if we’re trying to delay Bhagawan’s offer by simply giving lame excuses that we’ve to take care of our family, etc. it simply means that we’re not ready and upto the expected level yet. We should understand firstly as to who is taking care of whom in this world. Really is it we who are taking care of our family or is it Bhagawan who is doing so? 

For instance, in today’s scenario, we’re seeing the sad state of affairs of many people suffering from the global CoVID-19 pandemic across the world, including India. We’re seeing so many people crying in pain and due to lack of oxygen and other essential items. There is news circulating around that many people are not able to get themselves vaccinated, as there is a huge shortage of vaccines across the country. If such is the case, if we have the power and authority with us, we should be able to take care of our own family members if they are affected by the pandemic, isn’t it? But on the contrary, we’re unable to do so! If we’re having that power to protect our family, why are we seeing so many people suffering and dying of the deadly disease? Hence, this makes us understand that there’s a supreme power that grips us and makes us dance to its tunes, isn’t it? Today, the situation is such that a terrorist is standing right in front of our house, and if we open the door, he’s going to gun us down! We can say and pinpoint this entire problem towards one country, but what is the use of doing so? This has become a global problem and every country is grappling with it. There is no place for blame-games here at the moment. Every life that can be saved at this point is very important. 

Thus, the point here is that, we might be thinking that we’re taking care of our family, our son, daughter, parents, etc. but at the end of the day, it is Bhagawan who is doing so. We do not have even an iota of power to alter the course of life of any living being, without Bhagawan’s will and wish. If such is the case, why should we bother about it if Bhagawan is there to take care? Of course, readers shouldn’t mistake me at this point that we should all become Sannyasins, abandoning our families then and there. Of course, we’ve to perform our duties towards our family. That is very important. However, we need to learn and strike a balance here – There is a difference between the phrases “taking care of the family” and “living just to take care of the family”. Bhagawan expects us to do the first phrase and not the second. If we’re slipping into the second phrase, it means that our attachment towards worldly objects are on the rise. This implies that we’re not going to be ready to accept Bhagawan’s “Moksha” offer. 

Hence, it is up to us to understand and strike a balance between Bhagawan, our family and our spiritual progress to attain “Moksha”. As spiritual progressers, we should have the clear thought process that Bhagawan has given us this “Deham” (Physical body) to serve the world in whatever way possible in a detached way. Even though we do our bit for society, we shouldn’t develop that worldly attachment towards the world. We should develop that highest state of maturity, which is of course difficult at the onset, but nevertheless, we should keep on trying. In that case, again, it doesn’t imply that we abandon our families once and for all. We should perform our duties towards our parents, perform our “Shraadha Karma” for them once they depart from this earth, etc. properly without fail. Similarly, we should make sure that our children and family are taken care of and are self-sufficient in all ways. Beyond this, if we’ve to exhibit excess love and affection towards our family and children (Putravaatsalya), like how King Dasharata did towards his son Bhagawan Rama and how King Dhirdiraashtra did towards his son Duryodhana, we should understand that we’re deviating from Bhagawan and “Moksha” is going to be a distant dream for all of us. Also, all our efforts that we’re taking now for our spiritual growth would go in vain if we’re unable to cultivate this detachment. 

Hence, for today, let us once again ponder over this important point and let us start doing the needful. Our attachment should only be towards Bhagawan and nothing else. Let us try and implement this in our daily lives and we shall wait till the next episode to continue further! 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 Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, 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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