True Detachment

“Detachment is like flying high: the higher you fly, the wider a landscape you are able to view.

But when you are unable to fly beyond the limited realities of your daily life, you are like a person who is confined to a narrow cell, unable to enjoy the expansion of nature…

True detachment from the world becomes possible when there is increasing attachment to the Divine Self within one’s heart.”

~ Swami Jyotirmayananda. Taken from “Yoga Gems” edited by Georg Feuerstein

I think we all want to have the feeling of flying high and seeing beyond every day reality. To connect to something beyond our daily life.
Yet, its easy to get confused between true detachment and putting up barriers to the world around us. Some of us may retreat and withdraw from life, rather than engaging in it and touching what is deep within us.

We must continue to connect to our heart. To the loving Source within us. Otherwise it becomes a mind driven practice of witness consciousness, that keeps us confined, rather than sets us free.

Namaste

26 responses to “True Detachment

  1. Absolutely brilliant, Val; we can’t think our freedom into existence β€” took me a very long time to realise that was one of the many mistakes I made in my practice. For years I thought, or rather presumed that, “I am being aware”, only later to realise that very same thought/assumption is conceptually flawed in that it’s dichotomous (i.e. a subject/object construct). H ❀

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      • It’s a tricky one, and the reason why many seekers freak out when they hear sages (including the Buddha and certain contemporaries) say that no one ever gets enlightened. It’s interpreted that there is no enlightenment, which is clearly contrary to what the Buddha taught β€” i.e that there is enlightenment, yet no self that becomes enlightened. And that’s logically consistent with the Buddha’s teaching of anattā, or non-self.

        I paraphrase, but in the Pali canon he says something like, “There is suffering, yet no one who suffers; there is The Path, yet no one who walks it; there is nibbāna (enlightenment), yet no one who realises it.” In short, he was in effect saying that the dichotomous construct that the historically, biologically evolved mind creates of subject and object, is erroneous. What the unenlightened consciousness sees/knows is not what it thinks it sees and ‘knows’ β€” i.e. separate ‘things’, coming in and out of existence and residing ‘here’ and ‘there’ β€” but is rather a unified awareness beyond spatial and temporal limit.

        Sorry for the blather; I started so I thought I might as well finish. Hahahaha! H ❀

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        • I don’t see any blather Hariod, just brilliant clarity and iteration of a concept that is so difficult to put into words. As soon as we use language, we seem to access the thinking “self” that separates things, and prevents us from seeing “unified awareness beyond spatial and temporal limit.” πŸ’•

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  2. Very good post Val. Coincidentally, I am making preparations to ‘Go Forth’ from my homelife. Have to, need to, want to. I believe I am on my path to Nirvana, but am distracted and, unfortunately stifled.
    Deep respectful bow with hands pressed together at my heart. πŸ™‚

    Tara

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  3. I love what you say… Yes there is a difference between detachment and mere withdrawing… I think that finding something ” toconnect to something beyond our daily life” is really important. Each one of us knows what that “something” is or entails …. Sending love dear Val πŸ˜€ ❀

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