4–Requisites: Detachment vairagya
If Discrimination does not lead to Detachment, it is not sufficiently deep, & its purpose, which is the experience of lasting Happiness remains unfulfilled. Discrimination with Detachment leads to Liberation, which is full of Bliss & Peace. Discrimination yields the ability to become detached, & Detachment enables the seeker to become further discriminating.
Detachment comes by clarity regarding the nature of Happiness & the nature of that which endures. Attachment occurs due to Ignorance regarding the source of Happiness & because one believes that that to which one is attached, be it an object, a person, an event, a situation, or any other thing, will endure & never change or perish. Meditation upon the transient nature of all things, relations, events, & situations helps to develop Detachment. Further Meditation that ascertains the Truth about Happiness, be it called Peace, satisfaction, love, or by any other term, results in Detachment. The seeker of Self-Realization should meditate upon being Detached & then meditate with Detachment upon the essential Self-Inquiry into the Self
If one is attached, one suffers. It is not possible to be free & truly content as long as one is attached. Attachment creates Suffering, obscures Wisdom, & gives the false sense of bondage. One should not be confused about Attachment & feel that it is integral to Love.
Love is of the Unity of the Truth of the nature of all beings, but Attachment actually produces an Illusion of separation & merely obstructs that very Love. Similar is it with the sense of "security" that one in Delusion may regard as dependent on Attachment. Attachment makes for the absence of Peace, the sense of insecurity. Even if, in delusion, one supposes these provide security or Love, the anxiety over these, which is evident to anyone who is discerning, is Suffering & a very insecure state. If there is Freedom from Attachment, Peace is present within.
Attachment is a mode of Mind & not a particular action or the possession of something. Though Renunciation has been used by many spiritual beings to enhance, help, or express their becoming Detached, the Detachment, itself, is an inner state & not a particular action. With Detachment, one can abide free & at Peace in the midst of pleasant or unpleasant circumstances, with friends or with those who carry animosity, among others or all alone, with wealth or with poverty, & when active & when inactive.
The significance of Detachment & the actual experience for those on the path of Knowledge are far-reaching.
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"There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth."
– the "no creation"
, Shankara, Ramana, school of Gaudapada Nome – Ajata Vada
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