Desire, thy name is apprehension

Published: 22nd May 2013 11:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd May 2013 11:38 AM   |  A+A-


When desires increase, your mind tends to lose its focus. But the mind still falls prey to desires, which surface frequently. Since desires take you from the past to future, it is impossible for you to stay in the present, which deprives you of the peace, satisfaction, and happiness that can be found only in the present. The other name for desire is apprehension, which manifests itself as anger and envy. Most people who are filled with desire are irksome by nature, and they often get irritated when they fail to get what they want.But in reality, peace is the real quality of a man. Quality of the soul is peace. When it dominates in a man, it slowly kills the desires in him, and happiness engulfs such a man completely. The present is your passport to heaven. The difficulties that we encounter in day-to-day life test our calibre.

To realise this is achieving the highest knowledge, which paves the way for achieving concentration. Such a man becomes an instrument for Karma to occur for universal benefit. By God’s grace, such a man also attains complete happiness. To unravel the mysteries of the present is to unravel the mystery of life. Jeevana Dharma Yoga is to understand the present to uncover the secrets of life.

Karmayoga: Only a spiritually discreet person can become a Karmayogi and achieve salvation by performing Karma. Such a person who is spiritually enriched and dedicated, is not self-centred and performs Karma without any stress and is totally involved in it.By realising the urgency of situations and through his discretion, he delivers the goods whenever it is expected out of him. He eternally lives in Karma yoga, and gradually becomes a part of Karma. Such a person dedicates himself to the concept of time. Since he gets to know about the results of his acts beforehand, he doesn’t have any apprehensions or doubts.

Since he does not furnish any reason to perform Karma, and as he does not expect anything in return, he accepts the urgency and the relevance of the present, which helps him transcend the constraints of time and space and lends an element of divinity to his Karmas. People who do not realise this reality look at Karma as a responsibility, a burden, or an onerous task. They often perform Karma either for money or fame. When money and fame remain elusive, they abandon Karma.For instance while one person dictates, another person prepares a list, a third person is asked to do something who, in turn, assigns the job to the fourth person. Though this may be construed as division of labour, it is of little help as nobody is bothered about completing the job, and everybody passes the buck to evade responsibility. But someone who is serious about performing a particular job ensures that he does it himself, or gets it done by others by personally supervising its completion. This is the true quality of Karmayoga. A man steeped in self-centeredness cannot understand this. Most people perform Karma for money, fame, to prove a point, to satisfy their ego, to impress, to ascertain their superiority over others, or in expectation of results. Such people go to any extent to take the act to its logical end.


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