Viveka and Vairagya

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Viveka and vairagya, discrimination and dispassion, are the two purifying agents in our life. Put a purifying agent like alum into a vessel of muddy water, and see how impurities settle down at the bottom, making the water clear again. Similarly, viveka and vairagya help our restless senses to settle down and clear our minds of tensions and anxieties.

— Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa

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Viveka and Vairagya

Om Lokah: Samastah: Sukhino Bhavantu
THE ROOT OF ALL TROUBLES( Story told by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa)
In a certain place the fishermen were catching fish. A kite swooped down and snatched a fish. At the sight of the fish, about a thousand crows chased the kite and made a great noise with their cawing. Whichever way the kite flew with the fish, the crows followed it. The kite flew to the south and the crows followed it there. The kite went to east and west with the same result. As the kite began to fly about in confusion, lo, the fish dropped from its mouth. The crows at once let the kite alone and flew after the fish. Thus, relieved of its worries, the kite sat on he branch of a tree and thought: “That wretched fish was the root of all my troubles. I have now got rid of it and therefore I am at peace.”
As long as a man has the fish, that is, worldly desires, he must perform actions and consequently suffer from worry, anxiety, and restlessness. No sooner does he renounce these desires than his activities fall away and he enjoys peace of soul.
Viveka and Vairagya helps us to perform actions with detached attitude.

gopalakrishnan | Sat, 08/08/2009 - 19:00
Phroggy's picture

Maybe the conclusion that

Maybe the conclusion that food is the root of all troubles may lead to new troubles? Hehe.

Phroggy | Sun, 08/09/2009 - 00:41