Good points indeed.
I mentioned ''detached away like the sadhus''- I should have said, hiding away from society thinking they are detached.
Lucky Singh ji, I am not sure there is a difference there. To detach oneself from Maya, one needs to rise above it. |
To rise above, one doesn't need to detach as such. - I know exactly what you are saying and I agree.
However, I should have been a little more clear-Let me explain..
-To ''rise above'' - I meant that one does NOT completely eradicate or remove themselves away from Maya desires.
-The goal is to have ''more control'' over these maya or worldly desires.
At the beginning of sidh gosht we had the duck ananolgy, whereby the duck floats on the world ocean of water but does not let it's wings get wet. Hereby, it is still flowing with the water currents, just as we should still be participant in the world ocean.
However, it keeps it's wings above and dry, I mean it could just avoid all contact with the water by flying away. But it doesn't, it still uses the flowing water to get to the other side.
In the same way we need to be within the world to get to our destination but not so detached, however, the real task is the ''rising above.''
Now, the ''rising above'' is something that is to be done only by ourselves.
Guru Nanak mentions this repeatedly in different ways, that we ''Look and search within.''
To actually understand the whole maya illusion, one has to be able to free themselves from it. This being free is similar to rising above it and it doesn't come from denying the reality or living in an apathetic manner. Nanak makes it clear that hiding from or denying society and the active world ocean is not the method to free yourself from it.
How is it done, everyone asks ?
This is where the ''search within'' comes in. It is the ability to 'switch off' the mind and look deep inside. You can call this meditation, soul searching, finding yourself or whatever you want.
Again, Harryji would be pleased to know that this is where meditation can help a loser like me and for what reason it may be useful.
I think you are aware that it takes a lot of practice and effort to look inside and inward. Having a helping tool like meditation is useful for most of us in this sense.
Remember, everything that exists consists of molecules and atoms. These same atoms have protons, neutrons and electrons which are all the same but vary in numbers. It is just the arrangements that make everything appear different to our senses.
Inside us,going down to molecular and cellular levels we consist of similar arrangements. Remember the mention of ''deep within in the nucleus, is where the true lord can be found ''- or something very similar.
Thus everything within and around us, be it macroscopic or microscopic, consists of the same things. So, the TRUTH that is out and all around the huge universe is the same as in our minute atoms in the body.
Going within yourself whilst living in the maya surroundings is what my interpretation of Nanak's message is. To me personally, I find the need to 'find myself' with the help of the meditation tool as I call it.
Others may be able to do it with other methods, it doesn't really matter.
An easier way of looking at it is the way we watch a movie at the theatre. The way that we project or thoughts and feelings to the maya world around us is the same as when we watch a movie. We sit there and watch pictures and lights being projected. We respond and react to the moving pictures, they generate feelings and thoughts as well. But only the actual screen is real, the pictures are not.
When the movie stops suddenly say by an error or there is a commercial, it feels like we come back into the real world. A little similar to being woken from a dream.
This should give you an easier idea of the maya illusion.
The other most common problem I find among most people is that they only seem to associate ''maya'' with belongings and monetary values and not the whole worldly perception. You often hear granthis and others talking about how we should detach from our belongings, values and posessions...etc.. They seem to limit what maya really stands for.
What other desires are there?
Well, here I was talking about all wordly desires of the mind like desires to fill ego, desires to posess values and things....etc....