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Our attachments lend a false beauty to things – Swami Chinmayananda

We can impartially judge something only when we stand apart from it. Detachment cannot exist when we have a sense of intense ownership or possessivness. That is why an author or an artist consults reviewers for their opinions. Our attachments lend a false beauty to things; blinded with the pride of possession, we often fail to see the ugliness of cherished possessions.

Just as we, blinded by attachments and prejudices, fail to see the real nature of things and beings, so also do we, deluded by our lack of detachment, remain blissfully ignorant of our own weaknesses and faults. The divine life starts with the practice of detaching ourselves from our body, mind, and intellect, and impartially estimating the motives, intentions, and purposes that lie behind our thoughts, words and deeds.

Such impartial witnessing is called introspection.
 – Swami Chinmayananda