How to be Free of Self-Indulgence (Mar 16, 2013)
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How to be Free of Self-Indulgence(Bhogaasakti Kaise Chute)16th March 2013, SaturdayPhalgun Shukla Panchami, Vikram Samvat 2069, Shanivarto be continued......
People consider Paramatma (God) realization to be difficult; however, in reality it is not difficult; however giving up attachment to sense pleasures (self-indulgence) is difficult.
The Lord has said:
भोगेश्वर्यप्रसक्तानां तयापहृतचेतसाम् ।
व्यवसायात्मिका बुद्धिः समाधौ न विधीयते ॥
vyavasaayaatmikaa buddhih samaadhau na vidheeyate." (Gita 2/44)
"No mind that is lured by sense-objects and engrossed in sensual enjoyments and glory of material possessions can ever enter, O, Partha, the state of contemplation and divine communion transcendental." *
He who is intensely attached to sense-enjoyments and hoarding of material things, cannot even conceive or decide on moving towards God. There is no firm resolve to turn towards God, to attain only salvation. And as long as, within there is attraction and importance given to sense pleasures, till then he may learn these talks, but he will not be able to decidedly resolve towards God Realization. When even the resolve is not strong enough, where is the question of God-Realization ?
When one rises above the transitory attractions of sense-objects (inert, the unreal), then God-Realization is not difficult. Where is the difficulty in realizing what already is, that which is self-evident, ever present, real, imperishable and eternal? That which already "IS". The difficulty is only that one has lure of the unreal, the transitory attractions. Realization of “IS” is not difficult, giving up the “IS NOT” (unreal, transitory) is difficult. When you cannot even renounce the “IS NOT” (transitory), then what else will you renounce? It is a surprising thing that the thing which you know to be unreal, transitory, that too you are unable to give-up! It is a grave mistake, that those things which you know are unreal, perishable, the kind that does not remain with you all the time, that too you cannot renounce.
How is one to redeem one’s self from the attraction to the transitory (unreal) ? For this one must observe the Discipline of Karma Yoga - The Yoga of Action. The Lord has spoken in the Gita about this Yoga in a special way and praised it's glory -"Karmayogo vishishyate" (Gita5:2). The clarity with which Karma Yoga and explained in the Gita is nowhere else in other scriptural texts.
The purport of Karma Yoga is - to make others happy and expect nothing in lieu thereof. Impart happiness to all - parents, wife, children, siblings, in office, friends, neighbors and everyone that you meet. If you follow this declaration, the lure of the unreal, temporary will give way.
In any which way, let others be happy, let them get rest and relaxation. "LET ALL BE HAPPY" - Such an feeling, a sentiment is of extreme value, it is not an ordinary thing. If you wish not to be lured and fickle when sense-objects come before you, then adhere in action to this predominant thought - How to make others happy? How can others be relieved from sorrow and pain? Wherever possible, utilize the resources you have to serve others, as these resources will not always remain with you, and therefore it is better that they are utilized. This sort of expression (bhava) of keen desire and love of serving others, will make it easy to become free from self-indulgence.
However, if your intention (bhava) is - How can I gain happiness? How can comfort come to me? How can I receive praise? How can my beliefs be held strong? If such expressions dominate your thinking, you cannot be saved from the lure of the temporary and you will not attain your supreme good. Such sentiments are that of an animal. They are not human. As we become more focused on making others happy, the desire for one's own sense enjoyments, will slowly dwindle away of it's own accord, and God Realization will be self-evident.
Narayan! Narayan !! Narayan !!!
From book in Hindi - Tattvik Pravachan by Swami Ramsukhdasji
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