Real intention of Upanishads

Constantly battered by baffling problems, it is understandable that a man gets disconsolate and wants to run away from this world, least aware that this is not the way to escape from them. He will not be concerned by the frustrating experience if he realises that he has no independence of his own and that there is an unseen divine force that guides his destiny. He is like a bullock yoked to the cart, the nose string held from behind.

The animal never complains of any discomfort even should there be some but goes on with its job. If a person adopts this attitude that all of his acts are god-ordained and carries out his task unmindful of the hazard and as a dedication to the Almighty, he will not feel the burden.

When he is asked to discard desire, it is possible to mistake the Hindu philosophy has being negative in its approach. But the real intention of the Upanishad’s injunction is to make us remain absolutely contended with what has been provided and not feel dissatisfied with what has not granted but possessed by others.

The desire for an object again depends on the attitude – for instance, akin to the view held by a child when looking at a charming woman and that of a youth, in just two words, the two vistas to reach godhead have been described by Vivekananda – pravritti and nivritti margas broadly indicating the duties to be performed here in this life and the steps to be taken to become spiritually enlightened through study of texts to serve hereafter in the kingdom of god. The rules of righteousness, perform worship and take to meditation but dedicating the fruits to God. There is no need to seek total renunciation.

Sri Agnihotram Ramanuja Thathachariar in his discourse said that an aspirant should essentially know is the difference between the Atma (soul) and the Sareera (body) and that the sufferings were at physical plane only. ‘ if he refuses to get himself deeply involved in material affairs, the ties will get automatically loosened and will experience bliss”.

The Bhagavatham describes the manner by which a devotee could get himself released from the worldly coils and the episodes of emperors Rishabavahana and Jadabharata prove this point.

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