Published On: Sun, Feb 14th, 2016

Renunciation : Master Strategy for Life

Upanishads seem to offer morals, but in reality they offer strategies to deal powerfully with life.  In this article, we will see how “Renunciation” is a master strategy to deal with all aspects of our life.

The second part of the first verse of the Ishavasya Upanishad says:

तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम् ॥

Thena Thyakthena Bhunjeethaa Ma Gridhah Kasyasviddhanam ||

The literal translation is, “With this renounced, you may enjoy.  Covet not the wealth of anyone at all.”  This looks like a very simple moralistic instruction.  But it is not.  Order never comes by morals and discipline in the Cosmos.  It is by intelligence and reality that order happens.  The person who is trained in certain morals will always be shaken, confused.  He will not be able to handle life. The person who is established in truth, reality, only he can constantly play with life; only he can wage war.

Upanishads just declare their own strength by their own statements.  They don’t need any author or a listener’s listening to authenticate them.  The following words are a revelation of that nature:


Whatever you hold on with fear of losing it, exactly, exactly, precisely that will be taken away from you.  It will be a most precise operation.  If you want to retain anything in your life, just renounce the fear of losing it.

For example:

  • If you are afraid that your name and fame will be taken away, precisely only that will be taken away. Your wealth will not be touched.
  • If you are afraid your credibility will be taken away, precisely only that will be taken; nothing else will be touched; everything else will remain with you.

The law of life is: Life is not sadistic, and it does not want to see any powerlessness in your inner-space.  Anything which creates powerlessness in your inner-space, precisely that will be taken away just to make you understand you can live without that.  It is not to punish you.  Life is not sadistic.  It will not take away something from you just to torture you.  Life wants to tell you, “Fool, don’t be powerless thinking that you will lose this, and if you lose that you will lose everything in your life, or you will become powerless in your life.  Now I am taking that away.  See, without that you are able to live your life beautifully!’

Be clear that:

  • Anything removed from me or added to me is only done for my fulfilment and joy, not to punish me; but life is celebrating, fulfilling itself through me.
  • Anything when it was removed from me, not only it cannot make me powerless, I will even forget I had this once upon a time as part of my life.

Definition of Renunciation:

Remembering nothing can make you powerless.  Anything removed from your life cannot make you powerless is Renunciation, “Vairaagya”.

“Raaga” means: “Feeling obsessed, completely overpowered by the desire”.  Desire is “Raaga”.  Attachment is “Raaga”.  Obsession is “Raaga”.

“Araaga” means: “Detachment”, “Hatred”.

“Viraaga” means: “Knowing very clearly, whatever you think as even core of your life, even those things if they are removed you will not become powerless, you will not miss them, you will not become empty, you will not be disappointed, you are not going to become dead, you will even forget you had those things or beings as part of your life”.  Having this clarity is “Renunciation”.

Business is war.  Your living is war.  Relationships are war.  Everyone is in their own Kurukshetra.  Kurukshetra has never ended.  Everyone has their Kurukshetra.  Let “renunciation” be your strategy for your Kurukshetra.  No one can win you.  No one can shake you.  No one can frighten you.

The moment you have a fear that if something is removed from your life you will become depressed, you will become empty, you will lose life, that fear becomes the strength of your enemy.  When he knows you cannot be frightened, he becomes powerless.

Have this simple cognition: “Anything can be removed from me; I will not become powerless, I will not become depressed, I will not lose anything, I will not be lost, I may not even remember that I had that in my life”.  When such spiritual truths become part of your cognition and strategy, anywhere you go, Krishna is driving your chariot.  You can never lose.

Based on satsangs delivered by rare Living Incarnation Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda

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