And he detached himself
And he detached himself...
Once upon a time a Sadhu lived peacefully in his Ashram in the deep forest.
He was free from worldly attachments such as wife, children, friends, money and
luxuries. People used to come to him seeking his blessings and listen to his
wisdom. He always used to tell people that one should remain detached from
worldly pleasures because they hinder spiritual progress. People used to admire
and respect him for his total detachment from worldly activities. Some used to
feel sad because they couldn't live a life of a renunciant. Years passed by....
One day there was heavy rain all over. All the reservoirs in the forest were
full. Soon they started overflowing and flooded the entire forest. The Ashram in
which the Sadhu used to live was wiped off by the heavy flow of flood water. His
all belongings including his Asana, Kamandalu and Japa Mala were washed away....
He was a renunciant and didn't showed any sign of grief or sorrow. Time
passed by and darkness of the night started covering the forest. Suddenly he
strongly remembered his Asram. He lost in the fond memories of the days he spent
in Asram. He was missing his Asram, his place to do Sadhana. Because of the
whole day's hard work he felt thirsty but the water tasted bitter without his
favorite Kamandalu. Removing the sad thoughts he sat for his daily Sadhana. His
sadness aggravated. He simply couldn't meditate this time. He started feeling
uncomfortable without his usual Asana. He couldn't perform Japa without his
He now understood that he was wearing a false clothing of detachment. He was
detached from material objects but he was strongly attached with something else.
Without his Ashram, Kamandalu, Asana, Mala he couldn't perform his Sadhana even
for a day. Not only worldly attachments but "spiritual" attachments can also
hinder progress. He understood that detachment is not so easy and he still needs
to practice more. He strongly felt that he doesn't have right to guide people in
renunciation when he himself is not perfect. He got up at once and left the
forest for achieving the true detachment.
Moral of the story is - Detachment is not as easy as it seems. When you
detach from one object you may unknowingly attach yourself with some other
object. It is true that during initial stages one must change the "focus" of
attachment from worldly objects to spiritual objects. However, a true renunciant
is the one who doesn't have any desire for any object.