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Embracing Change: The Path to Eternal Bliss:(Discover the Power of Detachment for Lasting Happiness)


Some of my acquaintances and clients who are taking my counseling are facing significant changes in their life, and these changes are affecting them deeply. For instance, one client, Shilpa (name changed to protect their identity), has to leave her hometown and relocate to a new city for a job. The thought of leaving her familiar surroundings and starting over is overwhelming. On the other hand, Priya, a young bride, is struggling with the idea of leaving her parents' home and moving in with her husband. These situations illustrate how change, whether permanent or temporary, can cause discomfort and anxiety. There is change daily in everyone's life at the physical and materialistic level.


Everything changes. Change is inevitable. In the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 14, Lord Krishna says:

मात्रास्पर्शास्तु कौन्तेय शीतोष्णसुखदुःखदाः।

आगमापायिनोऽनित्यास्तांस्तितिक्षस्व भारत।।

"O son of Kunti, the non-permanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed."


Change is the rule of nature. Nothing remains the same. The change can arise from various life situations. Change makes us uncomfortable, whether it involves changing schools, homes, cars, jobs, cities, or places temporarily, such as when going on a trip. Changes in relationships also make us uncomfortable.  Yet, when change happens, one becomes uncomfortable. This discomfort can be either favorable or unfavorable depending on whether one wants the change or not. Even if an individual desire the change, when it happens, he or she might still feel uncomfortable.  Though change might be a pleasant or wanted, it can be discomforting  like a girl getting married and going to be with her lover, which she wants to but still is uncomfortable because there will be change. Different people react differently; some may even stress over this and wonder how things will turn out. Specially, negative thoughts are the biggest culprit.


How Yogis Deal with Change? Are they affected by change? :


Yogis, sadhus, swamis, or truly spiritual people don't get affected by change. They remain in eternal bliss (param aanand) despite change due to three main reasons:


1.       Knowledge and Understanding: They possess the knowledge and understanding of who they really are.  They know that they are not body and mind but soul. They know that they are not in control of everything happening around them, and everything is driven by God.


2.       No Attachment: The knowledge that they are not the body and mind, and its application helps them become detached. They know that things change for the body and mind, but the soul remains constant. This detachment is crucial. They don't live at the physical or materialistic level.  This also helps them elevate spiritually in life.

I often get to stay with the Swamis and Maharajs and have studied and experienced their lives extensively. They are so cool with having any food or not having food also. There is no attachment with anything. So they never fret over anything and never get angry as there is no attachment.

Vedic literature states that if you seek temporary happiness, attachment and desires, when fulfilled, can provide it, known as kaam-moh-maya in Sanskrit. But if you seek param aanand (everlasting bliss), the answer lies in detachment. You must let go of these six qualities: kaam (desire), krodh (anger), lobh (greed), moh (attachment), irsha (envy), and ahankaar (ego). It's about choosing what will give you eternal bliss.


3.       . Faith in God: Their faith in God makes them fearless, and they don't worry about what will happen. They trust that whatever happens is driven by God and will be for the best. Even if a thought arises, they go with the flow, hand it over to God, and become thoughtless.



People often tell me during counseling sessions that it's natural to have attachments because we are human. This reminds me of a story about a young monk named Rishi. Rishi was deeply attached to his family and the comforts of home. However, his guru taught him the art of detachment and the importance of understanding one's true self. Over time, Rishi learned to let go of his attachments, realizing that true happiness lay in detachment and faith in the divine. Also, with real knowledge and practice, he could easily let go. This process of acquiring knowledge, reflecting on it, and meditating on it is called Shravan, Manan, and Nididhyas in Sanskrit.





Change makes us uncomfortable, whether it involves changing schools, homes, jobs, cities, or relationships. However, not everyone is affected by change. Yogis, sadhus, and swamis remain unaffected because they understand that they are not the body and mind, but the soul, which is constant. Their detachment and faith in God allow them to experience eternal bliss despite any change.


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