Sufficient for Selfless

Sufficient for Selfless

Some impressions and experiences make us rethink and re-formalize our attitude and opinion to lead precious human life. The so called "poor" and "underprivileged" have more to share, perhaps because there is a deep down cognizance of "Nothing is Mine, All belongs to the Lord" 

Following is the first verse from Isha Upanishad (इशोपनिशद्):

Isha Upanishad Mantra 1

isavasya idam sarvam yat kincha jagatyam jagat tena tyaktena bhunjitha ma gridhah kasya svid dhanam

"Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong."

Mostly we assume, what we have is ours! However, this idea is not supported by vedic injunctions. They propound that all that exists come from the Supreme and He only is the real owner, proprietor, and enjoyer. He has sole right to dispose and take it back. We are simply caretaker or trustee for some time.

If we even slightly think and practice in this direction, we automatically become selfless and compassionate and get a desire to share what we have, realizing that it's anyway not ours!

The more we hold, the more we want to hold. This is the fact and is natural impact of Kali-Yuga (कलि युग), as is declared in Srimad Bhagvatam (श्रीमद् भागवतं) canto 12, chapter 2, verse 2:

Srimad Bhagvatam Canto 12 Chapter 2 Verse 2

vittam eva kalau nrinam, janmachara-gunodayah dharma-nyaya-vyavasthayam, karanam balam eva hi

"In Kali-yuga, wealth alone will be considered the sign of a man's good birth, proper behavior and fine qualities. And law and justice will be applied only on the basis of one's power."

So, it's not surprising when we see everyone is running behind money.



About Isha Upanishad: It is one of the primary and shortest Upanishads (consisting invocation plus 18 mantras) and along with Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, Taittiriya Upanishad, Katha Upanishad, Shvetashvatara Upanishad and Maitri Upanishad, it is part of Shukla Yajurveda, included as it's last chapter.


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