An extract from the foreword to Travelling Lighter
In the article on ‘The Spiritual and the Mundane’, Sumaji speaks about the importance of not suppressing desires, how vairagya is not something to be forced. This is a subject so frequently misunderstood; I’m glad to see the way that Sumaji has addressed it. Vairagya is not something one can wake up one morning and aim for. It is not an end in and of itself. It is, rather, a gift, a by-product one might say, of the path of devotion. Vairagya is, literally, the child of bhakti. The scriptures tell us the story of bhakti, and she is the mother of vairagya. This is very important. Vairagya without bhakti is not true vairagya. It is indifference or apathy or complacency masquerading as vairagya. Vairagya comes, naturally, from bhakti. When we follow a path of devotion to the Divine (by any name, any form, any religion), we become deeply and fully attached to the Divine, united with the Divine.
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