Pearls of Wisdom : Attachment – Series of discourse by H.H. Srimajjagadguru Shankaracharya SriSri Raghaveshwara Bharathi Mahaswamiji

Sri Samsthana

Sage Narada who traverses through the three worlds, once visited the earth. He observed that birds, animals, human beings, in short, all living beings were miserable and unhappy. He thought deeply on this and concluded that excess attachment to someone or something was responsible for their suffering.

Narada approached SriHari with a request. He told the Lord-
“Prabhu, remove attachment and affection from this world. Then people would be happy.”
SriHari replied that if he did so, it would have serious consequences.
Yet, Narada insisted and SriHari wiped away attachment from the hearts of all living beings.
After some time, the sage visited the earth to see the impact of SriHari’s action.
Narada was shocked to notice that the mother of a new born calf was not feeding its child; the learned Guru was not imparting lessons to his disciples; mothers were not taking care of their children who were roaming aimlessly. There was lack of zest and enthusiasm everywhere.
Narada realised that without affection and attachment, human life would be totally thrown out of gear.

If life has to go on, attachment is necessary. But excess attachment is the cause of misery.
There is both good and bad in God created world. We have to use discretion and lead life wisely.

Translated by: Dr. Sharada Jayagovind

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