Friday, July 10, 2009



FW: [sadhaka] On Equanimity (Jul 10, 2009)

Assudo Bhatia Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 02:58:45 +0000
Subject: [sadhaka] On Equanimity (Jul 10, 2009)

: Shree Hari:
Ram Ram
10th July, 2009, Friday, Shravan Krishna Tritiya, Vikram Samvat 2066, Shukravaar
On Equanimity
Nowadays there is very good discussions going on related to Equanimity. One must behave with equanimity with all - such publicity is going around. But in reality, what exactly is called "Equanimity" and how does one become equanimous - it is essential to understand this.
Equanimity is not an ordinary thing, rather it is evidential form (sakshaat swaroop) of Paramatma (God) . He whose mind becomes established in equanimity, attains victory over the world, while living in it, and thus experiences the Supreme Reality (ParaBrahma Paramatma). This equanimity comes when other's sorrows becomes our sorrow, and when other's happiness becomes our happiness. In Gita, Bhagwaan says -
"Aatmoupamyena sarvatra samam pachyati yorjuna |
sukham vaa yadi va dukham sa yogi paramo matah || (Gita 6/32)
"O' Arjuna ! That man who like his body, sees the same everywhere, and sees happiness and unhappiness the same everywhere, that Yogi is understood to be best of all."
Just like when there is pain in any part of the body then there is longing and effort to try to get rid of that pain, similarly when any being undergoes sorrow, grief, suffering etc. then with equal intentness, when one tries to put effort towards removing the suffering, then one attains equanimity. It has also been observed in the behavior of saints -
"Per dukh dukh sukh sukh dekhe per." (Manas 7/38/1)
As long as there is longing for one's own happiness, till then however much effort you put, equanimity will not arise. But once when from one's very heart there is the intense drive and longing that how can others become happy? How can they get rest and relaxation? How can they benefit? How can they attain salvation? Then equanimity will come naturally, on it's own.
This must first begin at home. There must be the inner sentiment that let not a single being ever suffer or experience any difficulties in the least bit. Let no one ever lose their faith. However much of difficulty I undergo, let my mother-father, wife-children, brother and brother-in-law etc. remain happy. By making our family members happy, with certainty we will attain peace. Where the relationship is outside our immediate family, there if you make someone happy, then extraordinary joy will start flowing.
However, by giving happiness out of attachment, one will not progress. Therefore, wherever there is no attachment there give happiness, or get rid of your attachment while giving happiness to those you are attached to - both these will result in one and the same.
Goswami Tulasdasji says about the way Lakshmanji serves Bhagwaan Ram and Sitaji in Chitrakoot.
"Sevahin lakhanu siye raghubeerahi |
Jimi abibeki purush sareerahi || (Manas 2/142/1)
Lakshmanji serves Bhagwaan Ram and Sitaji in the same way as an ignorant person serves (cares for) his body. To serve the body, to give it happiness is not wisdom. Even the animals serve their bodies. Just like a female monkey is so attached to her child that even if the baby monkey dies, she carries the dead child around everywhere. She does not leave it. But if she gets food then she eats herself first and beyond that she does not allow the baby monkey to eat. If the baby monkey tries to eat, she threatens and beats him, till he screams and runs away. Therefore when there is attachment, it is impossible to be equanimous.
From "Saadhan, Sudhaa, Sindhu" in hindi pg 877 by Swami Ramsukhdasji
Ram Ram

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