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Ramana Maharshi tells What is Vairagya
« on: May 09, 2010, 01:19:47 PM »
A young man from Trichy asked Sri Bhagavan on the mention in Upadesa Manjari of atyanta vairagyam (total dispassion) as the qualification of a ripe disciple. He continued: "What is vairagya? Detachment from worldly pursuits and desire for salvation. Is it not so?"

Maharshi: Who has not got it?

Each one seeks happiness but is misled into thinking pain-associated pleasures as happiness. Such happiness is transient. His mistaken activity gives him short-lived pleasure. Pain and pleasure alternate with one another in the world. To discriminate between the pain-producing and pleasure-producing matters and to confine oneself to the happiness-producing pursuit only is vairagya. What is it that will not be followed by pain? He seeks it and engages in it. Otherwise, the man has one foot in the world and another foot in the spiritual pursuit (without progressing satisfactorily in either field).

Source: Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, No. 302


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Re: Ramana Maharshi tells What is Vairagya
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010, 02:54:35 PM »

Dear prasanth,

Bhagavan Ramana uses two words - Niraasai, and Vairagyam to describe Vairagyam. It is also translated as Non attachment, desirelessness by Arthur Osborne.

There are two questions by M. Sivaprakasam Pillai about Vairagya
in Who am I?

Bhagavan Ramana has given beautiful answers.

Q. 19:  What is non-attachment?

Bhagavan:   As thoughts arise, destroying them utterly without
any residue in the very place of their origin, is non-attachment.
Just as the pearl diver ties a stone to his waist, sinks to the bottom
of the sea and there takes pearls, so each one of us should be endowed with non-attachment, dive within onself and obtain the
Self-Pearl [Atma muthu].

Q. 26:  What is the relation between desirelessness and wisdom?

Bhagavan:  Desirelessness is Wisdom. The two are not different.
They are the same.  Desirelessness is refraining from turning the
mind towards any object.  Wisdom [Jnanam] means the appearance
of no object.  In other words, not seeking what is other than the
Self is detachment or desirelessness; not leaving the Self is Wisdom,

Arunachala Siva.