Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Attachment and Detachment

Can anybody work without attachment? On the contrary, one has to work with full attachment, but if that be with full awareness of Him, then it is detached. If you work with contemplation of the House you have left behind, then that is work with detachment.
Without attachment nothing great can be achieved in the world, no great creation is possible. In Bengali language we call it Asakti. The word attachment is mostly misunderstood. In its application there can be a difference of hell and heaven. Behind great works of art is the driving force of this attachment or love of Creation that brings about union of the artist and the created art into one identity. The union generates new forms of Creation. The interpretation of attachment to work as told in the Gita (scripture) is self- contradictory. If there is no expectation for the result of the action or effort to create, then that action cannot bloom in fullness, nor can it be an object for offering to the Lord because that detached action cannot have Life put into it. The work done with complete concentration, when one is deeply lost in action and concentrating on the work, when the action and the actor become One and the sense of the individual self is forgotten, this becomes true meditation and penance. Prior to beginning a work you feel jolts of conflicts, concern for the right or wrong approach to the best composing of your actions. But, when you are engrossed with concentration in your work, do you remember to consider the results of your actions? The aim or target is that the work should be beautiful in all respects. Let it be an offering to Him, the Lord. This attachment is called Love.
You people do not realize the real meaning of the word unattached. You cannot do any work without attachment. You must do your work with devotion. Suppose I have a business. If I do not think about it, it will fail.
Without desire and proper planning you cannot address yourself to any work. And planning is for a goal. So, desire is at the heart of all work. But, once you start working and are engrossed in it, all sense of a fruitful result does not exist. But, it (desire) reappears again as optimism or pessimism. If this can be shut out, then the work is unmotivated. It is unmotivated when you do your work under His felt Patronage and while keeping in view your original Home.  To undertake work in such a spirit is called Dhyana (meditation); to be in the work is called Tapasya (penance); and, to complete the work without any sense of agency (self-interest) is Yajna (sacrifice). You must complete the Rajasuya (sacrifice of I-sense) by transcending mental modes and egoistic claims. And, you have to complete the Asva-Medha (let the senses run their course until they turn inward), too. But, that comes to pass only when you are Sunya-bhavita- bhavatma (a complete Void though full of Him). But, how are you to achieve that Purna Kumbha (fullness)? Actually, you have come here full to the brim with Him. All you need do is remember Him and you do your work.
God is the real Doer of all actions.
The greatest tragedy of humanity is this: Everyone in the world thinks he or she is doing everything. But, the richest or poorest cries in sorrows, laughs in happiness, and ultimately nothing remains. Because of mind and body attachments we think we exist, but actually only He exists.

After the aspirant realizes the great Truth that one is not the doer of anything and puts oneself in God's hands, one is neither haunted by the idea of sin, nor takes any pride in virtuous deeds.
You and in fact the entire humanity are inseparably yoked with Him for Eternity. But, due to the compulsions of varied worldly activities, we are involved in temporary bondage of attachments and forget that tie or yoke with Him. One does not suffer from want if one is flawless (desireless). What else is better than detached Joy?  

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