From the Uddhava Gita of the Bhagavantam
source for affliction and misery is the acquisition of whatsoever men hold
dear. That man who knows this truth, gives up all possession and does not
think of any acquisition and attains unlimited happiness. "A crow had
a piece of flesh in its mouth. The stronger birds pounced upon it. As soon
as the crow dropped the piece of flesh the others left it and it again
became happy. Renunciation of objects gives peace.
do not care for honor or dishonor. I do not think of house, wife or
children. I sport in Atma and take delight in Atma and roam on the earth
like a child. There are only two who are free from anxieties and immersed
in the highest bliss: The child which knows nothing and the man who has
realized the Supreme Being and who has gone beyond the influence of the
a certain place, a young maiden had to attend to the comforts of those who
visited the house when her relations had gone out. As she was husking the
paddy the conch bangles on her wrists made a great noise. The intelligent
girl was very much ashamed of her poverty which was indicated by her cheap
ornaments. She thought that the visitor might detect her poor condition.
She broke the bracelets one by one, leaving only two on each hand. Even
those two bracelets produced a sound when she went on husking. So she
removed one of these also. Then no sound was produced from the remaining
one though she continued husking.
over the world in search of truth and experiences, I learnt from the
girl's experience the following instructions. Where many dwell together
there is likely to be quarrel. Even between two people there will be much
occasion for argument and talk. Therefore, one should live alone like the
single bangle on the hand of the girl.
controlled the breath and practiced firmness in seat, one should, like the
archer taking his aim, fix the mind on the Supreme Self. He should be on
the alert to keep the mind steady through renunciation and systematic
practice. Just as the fire exhausts itself when the fuel is consumed, so
also the mind firmly checked in its outward wanderings, slowly shakes off
the bonds of Karma. It becomes freed from Rajas and Tamas through
increased Sattva, and attains tranquillity when the fuel of the gunas and
sense-impressions, which normally feed it, is withheld. Then the mind
becomes entirely absorbed in the object of meditation. Having his mind
entirely absorbed in the Atma, the sage does not see anything else, inside
or outside, just as the arrow-maker with his mind absorbed in making the
arrow, will not see the king passing by his side. I have learned
concentration of mind from the arrow-maker.
wise man should wander alone. He should be homeless and be ever alert. He
should resort to a cave and should not exhibit his real worth. He should
remain without friends. He should indulge in as little speech as possible.
It is very troublesome and useless for an ascetic to build a house as his
body is fleeting and perishable. Just as the serpent enters and makes
itself comfortable in any hole dug by others, so also he should make
himself comfortable at every chance residence or place that comes in his
way. He should have no fixed abode.
as the spider brings the thread out of itself, spreads out the web, sports
in it and itself devours it, so also the Lord created the universe out of
Himself through His Maya consisting of the three gunas, sports in it, and
then takes it back again into Himself.