Navratri: a journey to the source

THERE are three types of dispassion:

• The first type is the dispassion that arises when you realize the misery in the world and you fear misery.  The events in life – the pain and suffering you experience or see – bring dispassion.

• The second type of dispassion is born out of your desire to achieve something higher.  Some consider dispassion as a path to enlightenment by renouncing something here to gain something out there.  They engage in austerities and take vows to have a better place in heaven.

• The third type of dispassion comes from wisdom or knowledge.  A border understanding of the transient nature of things cultures a state of non-attachment to events, objects, people or situations which lets you remain calm and unperturbed.

Divine love does not let dispassion manifest.  The attainment of love brings such bliss and such intoxication that it not only takes away your passion, but dispassion as well.

This is the problem with many Art of Living members.  They feel they have attained the highest and remain blissed out!

By His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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