So my challenge to you is what if you didn’t have to do anything about anything, at all? Nothing at all to do, nothing at all to do about anything. Yes, make a cup of tea, because that doesn’t give you any trouble; whatever it is you have to do…, but it’s not accompanied by this idea that ‘There is something I need to do to be stable in the Awareness’ …because I tell you, that is a trap! Forget about it. If you touch this idea, you believe it instantly into existence; and then you have to believe another idea to remove it. So why not drop both ideas in the first place, and stay where You Are? You are simply Here in which all that arises for You, including the sense of spirituality…, forget about spirituality then. Forget about enlightenment. And forget about ‘you’ also. And what remains here? That which cannot be gotten rid of remains. It’s just that. Simpler than simple.Mooji
Vishaya in general means that which holds your attention. Here we are talking about that which will grab you and take you into life after life. When is anything considered a vishaya? It is considered a vishaya if you become greedy or infatuated with it. Otherwise it is not a vishaya. Therefore, everything you see in this world is not vishaya but if you become greedy or obsessed with it then it is called vishaya.
Your self is much more important than your shelf.
-Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati
Man must try everything even before the receiving nature discovers that it takes no pleasure in it, and only then will it agree to ask things of the Creator.
-Micheal Laitman, The Kabbalah Experience
Detachment (Asceticism) is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you.
-Ali bin Abi Talib
ليس الزهد ان لا تملك شيئاً لكن الزهد ان لا يملكك شيء
O Earth, my mother! O Wind, my father! O Fire, my friend! O Water, my good relative! O sky, my brother! Here is my last salutation to you with clasped hands! Having cast away infatuation with its wonderful power, by means of an amplitude of pure knowledge resplendent with merits developed through my association with you all, I now merge in Supreme Brahman.
-Verse 100, Vairagya Shatak
In enjoyment, there is the fear of disease;
In social position, the fear of fall;
In wealth, the fear of hostile kings;
In honour, the fear of humiliation;
In strength, the fear of enemies;
In beauty, the fear of old age;
In scriptural erudition, the fear of opponents;
In virtue, the fear of seducers;
In the body, the fear of death.
All the things of the world pertaining to men are attended with fear.
Renunciation alone is fearless.
-Verse 31, Vairagya Shatak
Never forget and teach to your children that as is the difference between a firefly and the blazing sun, between the infinite ocean and a little pond, between a mustard seed and the mountain Meru, such is the difference between the householder and the sannyasin!
Swami Vivekananda of the Puri order
Desire is merely the fixation of the mind on an idea. Get it out of its groove by denying it attention.
The way is not difficult, for those without preferences.
Is it possible to live abundantly with nothing, no home, a beggar without a country? Look, God has sent you someone to show you by his example that is possible. I have no home, country, wife, or children, but only earth and heaven and a simple blanket. But I am happy. I am not anxious. I am free. Look friends, how I have nothing and need nothing. See, I am a homeless, landless exile; and yet I live more free from troubles than all the rich and powerful.
Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.
आवारा हूँ, आवारा हूँ
या गर्दिश में हूँ, आसमान का तारा हूँ
घरबार नहीं, संसार नहीं, मुझ से किसी को प्यार नही
उस पार किसी से मिलने का इकरार नही
सुनसान नगर, अन्जान डगर का प्यारा हूँ
आबाद नहीं बरबाद सही, गाता हूँ खुशी के गीत मगर
ज़ख़्मों से भरा सीना है मेरा, हसती है मगर ये मस्त नज़र
दुनिया, दुनिया मैं तेरे तीर का या तकदीर का मारा हूँ
When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
-Viktor E. Frankl
Can you step back from your own mind and thus understand all things? Giving birth and nourishing, having without possessing, acting with no expectations, leading and not trying to control: this is the supreme virtue.
Jeevat Samjhe Jeevat Bujhe, Jeevat He Karo Aas
Jeevat Karam Ki Fansi Na Kaati, Mue Mukti Ki Aas
Alive one sees, alive one knows, find your liberation while alive
If Alive you do not cut the noose of your attachments , how will there be liberation with death?
You need to wake up while you are alive; it is your only chance. You need to drop the ties of attachments to illusory things that bind you in illusion. This can only be done while alive, death is not a liberator.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
To be nothing, to have nothing, to keep nothing for oneself is the greatest gift, the highest generosity.
Surrender to what is.
Let go of what was.
Have faith in what will be.
The Lord is enshrined in the hearts of all
The Lord is the supreme Reality
Rejoice in him through renunication.
Covet nothing. All belongs to the Lord.
-Isha Upanishad 1 -1
We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The things you own end up owning you.
There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.
The great Buddhist saint Nagarjuna moved around naked except for a loincloth and, incongruously, a golden begging bowl gifted to him by the King, who was his disciple.
One night he was about to lie down to sleep among the ruins of an ancient monastery when he noticed a thief lurking behind one of the columns. “Here, take this,” said Nagarjuna, holding out the begging bowl. That way you won’t disturb me once I have fallen asleep.”
The thief eagerly grabbed the bowl and made off – only to return next morning with the bowl and a request. He said, “When you gave away this bowl so freely last night, you made me feel very poor. Teach me how to acquire the riches that make this kind of light-hearted detachment possible.”
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
The mind alone is the cause of bondage and liberation in humans. When attached to sense objects the mind brings bondage, when detached from objects it brings freedom.
Maitrayaniya Upanisha 4.6