“Remain in the world, act in the world, do whatsoever is needful, and yet remain transcendental, aloof, detached, a lotus flower in the pond.” Osho.
“Detachment leads to freedom”
In simple words Detachment means the state of being objective. As per Hindu Scriptures Detachment means “Vairagya”.
Most people confuse detachment as state of not being attached to anyone or anything. Simply put we will always have people around us to whom we will be emotionally attached to and that is but obvious and should be there. Infact we cannot use detachment as a primary excuse not to deal with fundamental issues such as livelihood, power, self-esteem, and relationships with other people. Nor can we make detachment a synonym for indifference, or carelessness, or passivity.
Our Holy scripture Bhagavad Gita talks about Detachment in Chapter 6, Verse 35.
“Lord Krishna said: O mighty-armed son of Kunti, what you say is correct; the mind is indeed very difficult to restrain. But by practice and detachment, it can be controlled.”
In the verse Lord Krishna agrees with Arjuna’s statement that mind is indeed difficult to control. However, we should remain undaunted by the challenges and move forward and further mind can be controlled by practice and detachment.
Elaborating further Krishna tells Arjuna that acting with detachment means doing the right thing for its own sake, because it needs to be done, without worrying about success or failure. Simply put we should not be attached to the end results which anyways are not in our hands.
Easier said than done practicing subtle art of detachment requires us to pass through certain stages which are:
Acknowledgement, Self Inquiry, Processing, Creative Action, Freedom.
Here I am not going into the details of each stage however when we pass through each stage finally we achieve a state of freedom which basically everyone strives for.
We should practice detachment as an offering. Offering our actions trains us to do things not for any particular gain or personal purpose but simply as an act of praise or gratitude for the almighty.
I am summing up with a nice Quote.
“Detachment is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you.”
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