NON-ATTACHMENT IS EMANCIPATION
Our own wrongs and sins are the reason for our sorrow. One is capable of avoiding sin. No external assistance is needed in this venture. If we spare to commit sin any further, our present would shine forth and would be chaste and sin free. Awarding the present a primaeval evil-purged chastity is true freedom. Being sinless is natural, not dependent on anyone. Committing sin is not natural. It comes into being due to our own follies. No one compels us to leap into evil deeds. It is right perspective that comes to our succour and immunizes us from moral lapses and peccadilloes.
Human beings are endowed with awareness and knowledge of achieving deliverance, perfection, bliss and such other awakened states. Discounting this knowledge is a blunder. Indulgence leads us to seek pleasure in the pursuit of desires which are perishable and which blight us with apprehension and distraction. Illusory cheer arising from sensual pleasure, creates a further urge for it and makes us its slave. In our craving for material and sensory pleasures, we imagine them to be the base of our joy and sorrow.
Not giving in to material pleasures and curbing all such urges procure for us the bliss of equanimity. This equanimity is of great relevance in Sadhana (spiritual pursuit). Meditation is the key to this freedom. Giving in to material pleasures and attachment to them leads only to sorrow. Getting rid of this attachment is the way to emancipation. People get attached to objects and persons and this blights them with bondage. Even a minor bondage is an obstacle to emancipation. Shedding our moral lapses, realizing our true self and attaining emancipation lead to the summum bonum, deliverance of human existence.
Pursuit of physical , sensory pleasure is “Bhog” (indulgence). These hedonistic urges enslave the entire world. However, one who has shed these propensities, realizing their futility, stands apart from these gross titillations.
With no desire to gain anything from anyone, one wins, both, true perspective and wisdom.
Religion consists in shedding our moral blemishes, rather than in rituals. Rituals are means to immunize us from evil tendencies only.
Joy lies not in the satisfaction of the senses but in getting out of their sway. It is good to practise compassion, affability, simplicity, good conduct and service to others. The prestige that we win by such a conduct need not be counted ostensibly as an accomplishment of ours. Such a swollen-headedness is undesirable. It makes us forget our “Sadhakrupa” spiritual chastity, which lies in shedding of attachment and bondage and thus being free.