Essence of Ashtavakra Gita – Chapter X

You have seen, many times over, that desire leads to cycles of pleasant and unpleasant experiences. Desire may appear too good to forsake but you must renounce them in totality (not selectively) including both pleasant and unpleasant, for liberation; stay indifferent to subjective experiences of both kinds.

Realise that, all that what you seek to hold onto (friends, land, money, property, etc, whatever that be) as objects of desires are transcient (What is inherent in you, you do not need to acquire and not does not it leave you. Whatever you acquire are not what is inherent in you, and that will have to leave you).

These attachment (both likes and dislikes) indicate desires which is nothing but samsara. True liberation is getting rid of these desires, and the only way to attain liberation is by realizing that you are not the subjective experience but rather pure conscious and awareness, without even a desire to comprehend.

Many take to philosophical considerations, spirituality and renouncement faced by complexities and challenges of life.

Philosophy, spirituality and renouncement are not a matter of being weak, it is not defeatism, it is not an escapist route. It is a case being strong enough not to be influenced by anything external, irrespective of how upsetting or alarming it may appear

Many of us live assuming purpose or intention of the whole world is to make our lives better (or, worse). It is not made for us alone, nor it is made against us. There are other people in the world, and other beings, as well. They have as much power and privilege as we all have. There is a way to live together happily. World exists as it is, and it is for us to make our lives (and that of others) better or worse.

Often, people are hooked, holding to pleasant experience taking it for granted but would like to run away when experiences turn hard. Day and night, summer and winter, pleasant and unpleasant, success and failure, etc are part of the same package. You cannot take one and reject the other. It is not what we experience, but rather we make out of it, that makes the difference. Getting rid of desire is about being indifferent to, and being dispassionate about, all attachments irrespective of whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, favourable or unfavourable, etc in subjective perceptions


One Response to “Essence of Ashtavakra Gita – Chapter X”

  1. Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Says:

    Feeling of non-attachment with honour and dishonour,pleasant and unpleasant, success and failure etc.are the core values of spiritual realm.

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