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Detachment

In order to acquire anything in the physical universe, you have to relinquish your attachment to it. This doesn’t mean you give up the intention to create your desire. You don’t give up the intention, and you don’t give up the desire. You give up the attachment to the result. This also reminds me of a very renowned saying of all time ~ “Karm kiye jaa...phal ki chinta mat kar!” Right!?


This is a very powerful thing to do. The moment you relinquish your attachment to the result, combining one-pointed intention with detachment at the same time, you will have that which you desire. Anything you want can be acquired through detachment, because detachment is based on the unquestioning belief in the power of your true self.


Attachment on the other hand, is based on fear and insecurity. The source of wealth, of abundance, or of anything in the physical world is the Self; it is the consciousness that knows how to fulfill every need. Everything else, cars, money etc. is a symbol. Symbols are transitory, they come and go. Chasing symbols is like settling for the map instead of the territory. It creates anxiety, it ends up making you feel hollow and empty inside, because you exchange yourself for the “symbols” of your-Self.


All of us are searching for happiness in life, but what constitutes happiness is different for each person. Among all the different kinds of happiness, is there a true happiness that offers complete fulfillment to all? Let’s talk about the difference between relative and absolute happiness.


Fulfilling desires for such things as wealth, fame or social standing constitutes relative happiness. These desires know no limit. Even if we gain such worldly benefits, they are ultimately insubstantial and ephemeral. Their allure can fade in an instant when we compare them with what others may have. And when they fail to deliver the anticipated satisfaction, we may regret ever having pursued them in the first place. Thus if we seek only relative happiness, we cannot build a truly happy life.


In contrast, absolute happiness is attained by developing a state of life characterised by a powerful life force and rich wisdom that enables us to overcome any kind of suffering and adversity - a state of being in which living itself is a joy.


I therefore say to you - “ Live in a way that is true to yourself”



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