This Too Shall Pass
Posted on Tuesday,January 29th, 01:52 pm
Wriitten by shrikalyanika

Letting Advaita mould your lifestyle

Throughout our life, we look towards seeking happiness and ridding ourselves of sorrow. And in this process, we let unnecessary elements and bother about things which causes other people sorrow. What we fail to understand is what goes around, comes around as well. This is called ‘Karma’.

Life will always be filled with happiness and sorrow. When we feel happiness, we want it to last forever. It never does. When we experience sorrow, we want it go away soon. That doesn’t usually happen, either. We don’t realize what effect this has on our mind. During happiness, our mind is undisturbed and at peace. During pain, the mind becomes uncontrollable and burdened. We seek worldly pleasures to be happy and eliminate sadness, but we don’t realize the fact that everything in this world is short-lived.

In this context, Advaita(non-duality) teaches us quite a few things which might change the way we live, and alter the choices we make every day in search of happiness.

Empirical Reality : Maya

According to Adi Shankara, the world is Maya(illusion). Everything we experience and see in the world that we live in, is all an illusion. Be it happiness, sorrow, desire, craving, everything is unreal, and we as humans spend too much time or money on such things which will serve us no ulterior purpose.

An ignorant mind cannot stay in the present moment, it always runs after something else. It always craves for more pleasure, and runs after something which will bring more pleasure. But this unknowing mind fails to realize that nothing is real, and continues to be fooled by these illusions.

To be a Karmayogi

So this mind will be caught in this cycle of pleasure and pain as long there is the ignorance of attaching pleasure with an external object. And as we repeat this cycle over and over again, the ignorance gets strengthened, and we end up losing control.

In order to get out of this misery, we have to let go, let go of that sheer ignorance. We need to stop seeking worldly pleasures and understand that happiness does not come from the object outside. Happiness is the true nature of the self.

 The Bhagavad Gita proposes a way to shed this ignorance and break free from the bondage, and it is called Karmayoga, which is a way of doing your duties, in disregard to personal gains or losses.

 According to Swami Vivekananda, Karmayoga is  'the consecration of all actions and their fruits unto the Lord. Karma Yoga is performance of actions dwelling in union with the Divine, removing attachment and remaining balanced ever in success and failure.'

This means, pleasure should never be the ulterior motive. The motive should always be to do good for the world, for humanity. Your actions should never be controlled by the conceptions of pleasure and pain.
After all, we are brought into this world for just two reasons – to take birth, and to perish. All that takes place is between is a series of events which bring us pleasure and pain, and serves no purpose eventually. Our aim should be to continue performing our duties as long as they don’t hurt anyone else, and free our mind from happiness and sorrow. Because any phase, whether it is happy or sad, will never last forever. Not just the Gita and the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, but philosophies followed in almost every religion or faith teach us the same thing:
'This Too, Shall Pass.'

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