14326Re: [Meditation Society of America] Moha - Don't Put Up With People That Put You Down
- Aug 28, 2005
Difference between Moha and Prema(Love )
Love is Prema. It is based on truth and knowledge. Blind love is Moha, which is based on falsehood and ignorance. If you teach your son to make him pass the examination, it is love. Inspite of your teaching, if he is dull and if you want to pass him in the examination by false means, it is blind love. Tukaram preached Bhagavatam to his wife everyday. But, his wife was much attached to the household duties. Hence, she did not deserve the salvation. The divine aeroplane came only for Tukaram because he deserved. But, Tukaram offered a place in the aeroplane to his wife who did not deserve. This is Moha. His wife did not reach the aeroplane due to the household duties. Tukaram did not wait for his wife. Had he waited for his wife, he would have become undeserving due to his Moha and the aeroplane might have left even without him. By the grace of Lord, Tukaram realised the truth and got into the aeroplane. Tukaram preached Bhagavatam to all the devotees and his wife was also present in those devotees. Had he preached only to his wife, it would have been again Moha.
Sankara preached all the people by wandering all over the world. Moha is responsible to bring down anyone from the highest state to the lowest state. Hanuman and Shankaracharya both are incarnations of Shiva. Then Hanuman was trapped in the Moha of his mother by fighting with Rama for the sake of his mother. So, he fell from the state of Shiva to Jeeva. Therefore, he was always in the state of Jeeva (soul) and always stated Dasoham i.e., I am your servant. But Shankaracharya left his mother for the sake of Lord and was not having any Moha. Therefore he was in his original state of Shiva and told Shivoham. Please remember that Hanuman acted in the role of an ignorant Jeeva to preach us and He was not really trapped by Moha. We should take the message of his role only. Therefore even Shiva becomes Jeeva due to Moha. When Shiva crosses the Moha, he remains as original Shiva. The essence of Saadhana is only to destroy this Moha on the worldly bonds and to have Moha only on the Lord. This should be proved in practice and need not be expressed through words or feelings. If the true knowledge is absent the practice will never come. If the true knowledge is attained, if not today, you will attain it in the practice after a few days. Therefore, true knowledge and its propagation is the most important program of the Lord. He who participates in such program will become very near and dear to Lord. The only duty of a Sanyasi is propagation of the divine knowledge and therefore the Sanyasi is the nearest and dearest as told in Gita (Jnani sacha mampriyah, Jnani tva tmaiva). Sanyasa does not mean shaving the head and wearing the saffron clothes. Sanyasa means propagation of divine knowledge to uplift all the people in the world.
at the lotus feet of shri datta swami
medit8ionsociety <email@example.com> wrote:
This article is from the Meditation Concepts
section of our web site, Meditation Station
It seems that we have to post this fairly often
as so few have even heard about this concept, and
many could probably benefit from it...
Did you ever have a relative or so-called friend
who consistently said demeaning and critical things
to you? "Are you going out dressed like that?"
"You'll never amount to anything!" "Why don't you
go on a diet?" and so on, and so on. Are you still
going through this? If so, why are you letting this
go on? You are having your self-esteem, energy, and
spirit be diminished or extinguished. Even if it is
claimed that these comments were being made "for you
own good", if you look at it objectively, you will
see that they have not brought you any benefit and
in fact have caused you to suffer. Understanding
this is "Moha".
Technically, Moha translates from Sanskrit as
"Delusion". Philosophically though, it is much more.
There are probably billions of people in the world
right now who understand the real meaning of Moha.
Because of this, they lead their lives in a much
saner, rational, inner peace-producing manner than
we do in America and other countries where the concept
of Moha is virtually unknown. Basically, it means that
you put up with stupid (although not necessarily
unintelligent), mean spirited, or negative people
just because you have some kind of nostalgic connection
to them. So, if they happen to be related to you, have
known you for years, work with you, have the same
friends, or whatever, they feel entitled to bring
suffering into your life. Sometimes this comes in the
form of physical, mental, emotional or spiritual direct
personal attacks, and sometimes just by their own
ongoing habit of expressing negativity about life and
things in general. And you continue to let them be part
of your life. Pretty delusional reaction, isn't it?
So, now that you know about Moha, you must, for your
own well being, cut these people out of your life.
It is very much like the suggestions that AA, NA,
and other 12 step programs make - don't associate
with people, places, or things that will bring you
down. It is really very simple. If something brings
you peace, it is "good" and should be encouraged.
If something takes your peace away, it is "bad" and
must be eliminated from your life. Sometimes, because
of economic situations, like your job, or due to
relationships, like your in-laws, you must continue
your physical contact with the people who you realize
are "bad" to and for you. You must then at least
divorce yourself mentally and emotionally from
reacting to their comments. As a matter of fact, you
can gain from seeing them for the pitiful beings
they are and feel compassion for them. After all,
they have to wake up every morning and spend all
day in their own miserable company. But you must
never let them "get under your skin". You owe nothing
but compassion to anyone whose words or actions cause
you to suffer. This will free you to create a life
full of those things that you have found to be "good"
for you. And you will live happily ever after.
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