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Attachment is the Greatest Obstacle to Realization

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    From Sacred Journey By Swami Rama ISBN 8188157007 Reprinted with permission of the Publisher Copyright Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust http://hihtindia.org/
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 26, 2006
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      From Sacred Journey
      By Swami Rama
      ISBN 8188157007
      Reprinted with permission of the Publisher
      Copyright Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust
      http://hihtindia.org/

      ATTACHMENT IS THE GREATEST OBSTACLE TO REALIZATION
      Swami Rama

      The greatest obstacle in the path of realization is attachment to the
      body and to the objects of the world. This attachment makes us
      slaves. It is because of our attachments that we experience fear of
      death and loss. The more body-conscious and body-attached a person
      is, the greater the fear of dying.

      The same principle applies to people who are attached to the things
      of the world, to their houses, property, clothing, jewelry, and
      money. They fear losing those things because they somehow offer
      meaning, identity, and worth. People also become very attached to
      other people. The emotion they feel for others gives them an identity
      and they fear giving up that identity in death. They fear the deaths
      of those to whom they are attached for similar reasons. If one's
      identity is somehow defined by attachment to others, the death of
      others then affects that identity.

      The solution is to do away with these attachments to the body,
      property, possessions, and other people. This point cannot be made
      often enough. Reducing and finally eliminating attachments does not
      mean to escape life, to deny the enjoyment of life, or in any way to
      diminish life's value. Just the opposite occurs. Life is enhanced,
      enriched and expanded by reducing attachments. The person learns to
      love and give and open up to others and to the events of the world.

      Attachment means to grip, clasp, grasp, and hold on tightly. When
      death comes all that was being clutched and grasped is wrenched away.
      The tighter something is held, the greater will be the wrenching
      away, the deeper will be the pain. If life has been led with open
      hands, with no attachments, then death comes but there is nothing to
      be wrenched away.

      We cannot all of a sudden wake one moment and let go of all
      attachments. It is a lifetime's work to undo the habit of forming
      attachments and requires attention every day, because the attractions
      and temptations of the world constantly work to strengthen
      attachments.

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