Sadhaka must treat money as commodity - The New Indian Express

Sadhaka must treat money as commodity

Published: 20th November 2012 11:03 AM

Last Updated: 20th November 2012 11:03 AM

Since you have accepted the ‘I’ and mine as your own, this is the eclipse that is gripping the Sun called Atman who becomes invisible. The renunciation of the ‘I’ and mine is essential for the experience of Ananda. It is necessary to destroy five kinds of afflictions, renunciation of three strongly held desires and destruction of the different Vasanas or tendencies. The five kinds of afflictions are Avidya or ignorance, asmita or ego, raga or desire for enjoyment dwesha or feeling of hatred against those  who come in the way of enjoyment and who abhnivesha or the firm attachment to the worldly things including fear of death.

Basically it is only ‘I’ and ‘mine’ in different forms. Desire is continuously burning in your heart. Want or the desire brings in agitation dissatisfaction and a very subtle feeling of misery, which are generated by ego and do not allow us to enjoy the ananda that is the basis of our very existence. To unveil covering the true ‘ananda within, inner efforts in the form of meditation and Jnana and not external spiritual practices like worship, chanting and penance etc. are required.

The money cannot buy you happiness: There are three cravings which have taken firm root in our mind. These cravings or ishanas are Dareshana or craving for wife, putreshana or craving for a son and Vitteshana or craving for riches. The man is always thinking about his wife, always worrying about his children and forever thinking of money to lead a happy life. with their help. The happiness manifests itself only when money comes in. but later when he thinks of increasing it or spending it, there is only heart burn. Man does not become great by amassing huge amounts of money people give respect and praise him only when they have some axe to grind when they are no longer in need of your money then they will say what they really think of you.

They don’t even hesitate to say that the money is earned by him by dishonest means he is a miser among misers etc. So Sadhaka should treat money as just another useful and necessary commodity as it is essential to get his day to day needs but attaches no special importance to money thinking that it gets him happiness or fame. When the cravings are creating ruckus in the mind, one’s own natural happiness cannot manifest it self. So the cravings must be completely abandoned if the natural happiness is to show itself.

Findings happiness by abandoning three cravings: Give up the harmful attachments to this wordly life. to get true happiness. These are three Vasanas or cravings which Sadhaka has to give up-deha Vasana or craving for comfort and pleasure of the body, Loka-Vasana or craving for respect by people and Shastra-Vasana or craving for learning. Deha-Vasana — one is always thinking about the body, whether it is getting proper food, whether it is well protected from small and big diseases, what would happen to the body in future.

Such never ending concerns are collectively called Deha-Vasana. If one wishes that nothing bad to happen to the body he is bound to be disillusioned. Loka-Vasana a keen desire for praise by the public and also nobody should say a single bad thing about me is termed as loka-vasana.

The sacred sayings of Samartha Sadguru Shri Ganpatrao Maharaj Kannur, compiled by Shyamarao B Kannur.

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