All About Attachment & Detachment

Can anybody work without attachment? On the contrary , one has to work with full attachment, but if that be with full awareness of Him ­ then it is detached. If you work with contemplation of the House you have left behind, then that is work with detachment.

Without attachment nothing great can be achieved in the world, no great creation is possible. In the Bengali language we call it asakti. The word `attachment’ is mostly misunderstood.In its application there can be a difference of hell and heaven. Behind great works of art is the driving force of this attachment or love of Creation that brings about union of the artist and the created art into one identity .The union generates new forms of creativity.

attachmentThe interpretation of attachment to work as understood in the Gita is self-contradictory. If there is no expec tation for the result of any action or effort to create, then that action cannot bloom in fullness, nor can it be an object for offering to the Lord because that detached action cannot have life put into it. The work done with complete concentration, when one is deeply lost in action and concentrating on the work, when the action and the actor become One and the sense of the individual self is forgotten, this becomes true meditation and penance.

Prior to beginning a work you feel jolts of conflicts, concern for the right or wrong approach to the best way of composing your actions. But, when you are engrossed with concentration in your work, do you remember to consider the results of your actions? The aim or target is that the work should be beautiful in all respects. Let it be an offering to Him, the Lord. This attachment is called love. What is the real meaning of the word `unattached’? You cannot do any work without attachment. You must do your work with devotion. Suppose i have a business. If i do not think about it, it will fail.

Without desire and proper planning you cannot address yourself to any work. And planning is for a goal. So, desire is at the heart of all work. But, once you start working and are engrossed in it, the sense of a fruitful result does not exist. Work is unmotivated when you do your work under His felt patronage and while keeping in view your original Home.To undertake work in such a spirit is called dhyana or meditation; to be in the work is called tapasya, penance; and, to complete the work without any sense of agency or self-interest is yajna, sacrifice. You must complete the rajasuya, sacrifice of i-sense, by tran scending mental modes and egoistic claims. And, you have to complete the ashvamedha (let the senses run their course until they turn inward), too.But, that comes to pass only when you are sunya-bhavita-bhavatma, a complete void, though full of Him. But, how does one achieve that purna kumbha (fullness)? Remember Him and you do your work.

The tragedy is we think we are doing everything. But, the richest or the poorest cries in sorrow, laughs in happiness; and ultimately, nothing remains. Because of mind and body attachments, we think we exist, but actually only He exists.

Once the aspirant realises that he is not the doer of anything and puts himself in God’s hands, he is neither haunted by the idea of sin, nor takes any pride in virtuous deeds. What could be better than detached joy?