Vairagya or Detachment is Complementary to Practice of Yoga and Spirituality for Spiritual Growth

Practice is crucial no doubt, but without detachment or vairagya, it does not bear the desired result in practice of Yoga and Spirituality. Without detachment or vairagya, knowledge of scriptures does not make a spiritual aspirant to grow in his spiritual quest. Without vairagya, one cannot properly follow any Yoga or Spiritual discipline.

A seeker in the path of Jnana Yoga needs to develop detachment from body and mind. A seeker in the path of Karma Yoga needs to develop detachment of the will from the fruits of action. A seeker in the path Of Bhakti needs to develop detachment to all worldly feelings that come in the way of his love for the Divine Beloved. And a Raja Yogi has to develop detachment to all distracting thoughts that make the mind restless. Whatever be the path of Yoga, detachment is complementary to practice in getting the desired result.

Practice without detachment is lame and detachment without practice is blind. What one needs, therefore, is a harmonious combination of both practice and detachment in yoga and spirituality for spiritual growth.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Qualification:M.B.B.S.,M.D. Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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10 Responses to Vairagya or Detachment is Complementary to Practice of Yoga and Spirituality for Spiritual Growth

  1. Grace of the God is the most essential thing. When the God is pleased with anybody, He gives him Viveka and Vairagya and takes him safe beyond the mundane existence. “The Self cannot be gained by the study of Vedas, nor by intellect, nor by learning. He whom the self chooses gains it. To him the Self reveals its nature” says the Katha Upanishad.

  2. Madan Goyal says:

    To remain alive, least requirement is bread. It has either been previously earned or has to be continuously earned. Earning bread is one big involvement in the worldly affairs. Secondly the shelter, illnesses and many other essential needs, involve person in this world. One has to detach oneself from ill wills, greed, undue effective emotions leading to injudicious actions. Emotionally enjoying this world is good but action which is destructive to society and self-amusing is wrong. Being a slave of ones unjustified desires, emotions, attachments and greed is wrong and acting independent of all these is Vairagya. Durable and sustainable happiness can come only from selfless and judicious actions which have overall positive impact on world. This detaches us from self and unites us with Universal Soul or God. Yoga or Spirituality teaches and practices the same.

  3. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    In the circadian of human life attachment and detachment are relatively two processes clinked to human nature and in its circle the human soul dwindles like a pendulum. Its journey begins with attachments to body and mind for activities in ephemeral world for favorable adjustment and maintenance of equilibrium with natures of God`s creation and ends to cast out its processed belongings but he, the human being is encircled and blended with life circle if he is void of his understanding (viveka) that the terminal point of spiritual drama. Hence to know the theme of drama and to make the abstract for safe ending of journey in the ephemeral world is called NIRVANA. It is only possible when one desires to practice vairagya-or-detachment,that`s charms are available only in Yoga and Spirituality; then think why not he comes forward to meet own benefit ? Be a human being.

    With Regards
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr. Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh,Odisha.

  4. Umesh Chandra Panda says:

    Respected Brother,
    Pranam.

    When one feels & finds all these Worldly things are purely temporary & not permanent, then only Vairagya comes to him.Thereafter the grace of God comes to him automatically. Nobody can change a Person unless & otherwise he himself knows the universal truth. Hence Vairagya or detachment is complementary for practice of spiritual life.

    Yours Sincerely
    Umesh

  5. In Bhagavat Gita it is mentioned “Abhyasena Vairagya cha tu kounteya….”, there is importance of both Abhyasa (practice) and detachment(Vairagya). You have rightly said,”Practice without detachment is lame and detachment without practice is blind”. It is applicable for Gyana yoga, Karma yoga and Bhakti Yoga. Regarding practice there is a proverb,”Practice makes a man perfect”. But I feel, “Perfect practice makes a man perfect”.

    Your article is useful for me to be more spiritual.
    Thanking you with high regards,
    Prakash

  6. Sir,
    Namaskar.

    It is a nice article on ‘Vairagya or Detachment is Complementary to Practice of Yoga and Spirituality for Spiritual Growth’ which is useful for the society. Nowadays people being materialistic in nature are unable to maintain the reality of life. Life is not only concerned for our self-satisfaction but is also concerned what our duty towards the society. A brief idea about Vairagya is a hard concept for ordinary man because I think it’s the concept for Yogi who might be practicing it practically. One may not realize the truth about God unless someone perfectly has Samarpana towards God which is the real path of visualizing God.

    Nice Yogic Article on Vairagya.
    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela Dist.Bargarh Odisha
    Pin-768033

  7. Santhosh says:

    Dear Uncle,
    Om Sairam.

    Sorry for the delayed response. Really a very nice article as always. In my view, I think it is all the mental power / Atmic power that is important to have all the other activities to get in place. God SriRam is the example, he did had all the materialistic things and involved in all the activities (family + protection of Dharma). The main thing is the will power, the Atmic power.

    Om Sairam.
    Santhosh KV,
    SAP -SRM Consultant
    Hewlett-Packard
    Bangalore

  8. Sir,

    I went through, liked, saved a copy and liked the conclusion lines as-Practice without detachment is lame and detachment without practice is blind. What one needs, therefore, is a harmonious combination of both practice and detachment in yoga and spirituality for spiritual growth.

  9. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    Detachment means to remove one’s mind from all sorts of desires. As the mind is removed from desires, the energy that was being destroyed in running after these desires is saved. As illustrated in Bhagavad Gita; vairagya is developed by living in solitude, eating lightly, controlling the thought, work, deed ; ever absorbed in yoga and meditation, and taking refuge in detachment. So without detachment one can not move forward in spiritual life.

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