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Detachment: A Way to Nirvana

Posted by fifthdimension on June 14, 2007

“Oh, if only I could have bought a new house, I’d be the happiest person on earth!” No doubt, such expressions fall into our ears everyday. But given a chance to reflect on this, I’d say that true solace rests  in one’s innner world.

I won’t say that I’m free from all  trappings of the external world. But to be free, it’s very important for us to turn inwards, where alone we’ll find perfect bliss. In order to achieve this, we must detach ourselves from the external world, whose attractions always play with our senses, tempts and allures us.

So, what we need here is a paradigm shift from the body consciousness to the consciousness of the soul. But how do we make this happen? The only way is to develop and get in with our thoughts that the physical self, which is stuck in the materialist pursuits and the trappings of consumerism,  is not the real self. Our physical existence is not the only sphere of our existence, rather it’s just a veneer to our subtle existence on another dimension. We exist at a different level, which is much deeper and subtler than our ordinary mundane existence.

So, detachment from this outer self is the first step towards nirvana. Next, is our detachment from external relationships and bondings. The final step is the detachment from the very idea of salvation.  When we’re detached, we’re totally free and then only we shall have the ticket to the free world.    

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2 Responses to “Detachment: A Way to Nirvana”

  1. The Imugi said

    Nice entry! 🙂

    Reminds of a story from the Hui-Nan-Tzu:

    There once was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Maybe,” the farmer replied.

    The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “Maybe,” replied the old man.

    The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “Maybe,” answered the farmer.

    The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “Maybe,” said the farmer. “Maybe…”

  2. fifthdimension said

    Thanks for stopping by. The story is very intuitive. The WISE farmer, indeed.
    It shows how we need to react to our situations. “Maybe” is the answer 🙂

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