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Teachings On Attachment From Bhagavad Gita Chapter Two

Teachings on Attachment from Bhagavad Gita Chapter Two. These teachings are always relevant and universal.

Thy right is to work only, but never to its fruits; let not the fruit-of-action be thy motive, nor let thy attachment be to inaction. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 47)

Perform action, O Dhananjaya, abandoning attachment, being steadfast in Yoga, and balanced in success and failure. Evenness of mind is called Yoga. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 48)

He whose mind is not shaken by adversity, and who in prosperity does not hanker after pleasures, who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a Sage-of-Steady-Wisdom.  (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 56)

He who is everywhere without attachment, on meeting with anything good or bad, who neither rejoices nor hates, his Wisdom is fixed. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 57)

When a man thinks of objects, "attachment" for them arises; from attachment "desire" is born; from desire arises "anger" . . . From anger comes "delusion" ; from delusion "loss of memory" ; from loss of memory the "destruction of discrimination" ; from destruction of discrimination, he "perishes. " (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 62 and 63)

Bhagavad Gita Source - Bhagavad Gita Published by Chinmaya Mission

When the mind is free from both attachment and aversion and is absorbed in devotion, one receives the grace of God. Aversion is nothing but negative attachment. Just as in attachment the object of attachment repeatedly comes to one’s mind, similarly in aversion the object of hatred keeps popping up in mind. One who controls the mind and is free from attachment and aversion, even while using the objects of the senses, attains the Grace of God.

Gita clarifies to us that the senses are responsible for our desires, attachment and the instability of our mind. Only by controlling our senses can we truly be free of the extremities of pain and pleasure, good or bad and so on.

Attachment and fear are the sources of all misery of men. Man is generally attached to his loved ones and is unable to expand his actions so as to include all living beings in it.

That action which is regulated and which is performed without attachment without love or hatred, and without desire for fruitive results is said to be in the mode of goodness. (Gita VIII verse 15)