“Peace” this is the word the whole world is after. Each and everyone wants peace in their life.
(हर कोई अपने जीवन में इस एक सवाल का जवाब चाहता है ? मेरे जीवन में शांति (सुकून)कब आयेगी ? कब मैं चैन की सांस ले पाउँगा/ पाऊँगी ?)
How can we attain peace? I think almost everyone knows the answer, Our beloved Swamiji has also spoken about it in length in his videos and blog. The answer is ” DETACHMENT” (VAIRAGYA).
विहाय कामान्यः सर्वान् पुमांश्चरति निःस्पृहः ।
निर्ममो निरहंकारः स शान्तिमधिगच्छति ॥
vihāya kāmān yaḥ sarvān
pumāḿś carati niḥspṛhaḥ
sa śāntim adhigacchati
Translation: A person who has given up all desires for sense gratification, who lives free from desires, who has given up all sense of proprietorship and is devoid of false ego — he alone can attain real peace.
(Srimad Bhagavad Gita, 2.71, Translation by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
You can watch the video here . In this video Swamiji has beautifully explained how can one cultivate detachment. In the entire video a single line which has a huge impact on me is this “Everything is Temporary” (प्रत्येक चीज़ अस्थायी है ) . To be at peace, we should cultivate detachment and to cultivate detachment, we should understand this basic principle Nothing is permanent , change is inevitable.
I would like to tell you an anecdote about Buddha’s life which talks about change which I read in Osho’s book . The following is the story as it is:
Buddha left his palace, his family, his beautiful wife, his child and when someone asked him, “why?”
he said, ” Where there is nothing permanent, what is the use? The child will die.”
And the night Buddha left, the child was born. He was just a few hours old. Buddha went into his wife’s room to have a last look. The wife back was toward the door. She was holding the child in her arms in sleep. Buddha wanted to say good-bye, but then he resisted. “What is the use?”
A moment came in his mind when a thought flashed, ” The child is just one day old, a few hours old, and I must have a look.” But then he said, “What is the use? Everything is changing. This day the child is born and the next day the child will die. And one day before he was not here. Now he is here, and one day again he will not be here. So what is the use? Everything is Changing.” He left – turned back and left.
Someone asked Buddha, “Why have you left all that?” he said, ” I am in search of that which never changes, because if I stick to that which changes there is going to be frustration. If I cling to that which is changing, I am stupid, because it will change, it will not remain the same. So I am in the search of that which never changes. If there is anything which never changes, only then does life have any worth and meaning. Otherwise everything is futile.”
Something beautiful happens, when we don’t cling to change. Buddha says “When you don’t cling to everything that changes, you will fall into yourself to the center where there is no change. Just go on eliminating change, and you will come to the unmoving, to the center- the center of the wheel.
That is why the Wheel is the symbol of Buddhism, because the wheel moves . but the center on which it moves remains unmoving. The world moves like a wheel, your personality moves like a wheel, and your innermost essence remains the center on which the wheel moves. It remains unmoving.
We have to move inwards to find the unchanging one-the source.
More on detachment can be found in this post, by Sri Devi Om ji, she has beautifully explained about detachment in terms of Unconditional love of Radha Rani to Shri Krishna .
आपूर्यमाणमचलप्रतिष्ठं समुद्रमापः प्रविशन्ति यद्वत् ।
तद्वत्कामा यं प्रविशन्ति सर्वे स शान्तिमाप्नोति न कामकामी ॥७०॥
samudram āpaḥ praviśanti yadvat
tadvat kāmā yaḿ praviśanti sarve
sa śāntim āpnoti na kāma-kāmī
Translation: A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires — that enter like rivers into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still — can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.
(Srimad Bhagavad Gita, 2.70, Translation by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
So here it is we have to remember change. If we remember change, detachment will happen. If detachment happens we can achieve peace.