Last week I had visited my friend after a long time, after chatting for some time she said, “comes let’s go to my bed-room, I need to clear up my cupboard”. On entering her room, I got the shock of my life, clothes were lying all over the place in utter chaos… She began folding them and putting them back in her cupboard and soon her cupboard was overflowing and wouldn’t close.

She looked at my surprised face and smiled and said, “what to do I have so much stuff??, I told her, why don’t you give away your clothes and other things you are not using to some organization or needy person. There was a sudden silence and then she said, “Are you crazy , how can I give up my clothes I have collected over the years just like that, so what if they don’t fit me, or are useless for me ….I will never part with them.

We all encounter this scenario daily in our lifes….attachment to material things like clothes, shoes, books, even things like crockery, glasses etc…list goes on and on…

What we fail to realize and see is that we are all “visitors” on this earth and when our time comes we have to go back to where we came from and that too empty handed. Remember the song,” Khalli haath aaye hain….Khalli haath jayenge” then why waste time with attachments. By getting attached and possessive with material things we are restricting our own self worth and growth…. The more we give freely and share the more freely we can live and when the time comes to depart we can go peacefully we may think we are going empty handed but in reality we are taking with us much more important things like knowledge, experience, love, respect and gratitude.

Personally instead of having attachment towards material things which are actually worthless and useless one should have attachment toward “God, Spiritualism, Art of Giving Freely “ if one can attain these in their living world then their life on earth was a success and worthwhile.

Dalai Lama, has explained it beautifully “Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities”

Another well-known Buddhist philosopher Thich Nhat Hanh said, “ Letting of attachments, desire and expectations gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If in our heart, we still cling to anything be it anger, anxiety, possessions etc we can never be truly free and happy.