What Is Vairagya?
Vairagya literally means detachment or dispassion. It denotes indifference to the pleasures of the senses. Vairagya is created by discriminating between the eternal and transient, the real and unreal, and essence and non-essence. Detachment to sensual pleasures gives spiritual strength. A detached man or woman is not attracted by the material world. Vairagya increases concentration and generates a strong wish for liberation.
How to Develop Vairagya ?
Studying the scriptures and being in the midst of renunciants can help one develop vairagya. Attachment is created by the play of maya (illusion). God’s divine play is sustained only by the power of attachment. The root cause of troubles and miseries is blind attachment. So, start disciplining your mind. Destroy evil habits to the root. A life of perfect non-attachment opens the gates of spiritual bliss.
The Benefits of Practising Vairagya
The practice of dispassion aids the performance of karma yoga. Work without attachment and with the correct mental attitude. Intense dispassion helps the aspirant in the path of self-realization. When rich living does not impress you, the absence of money, wine or meat will not bother you. A mind indifferent to pain and pleasure, and freed from all desires, will roam like a free bird, unaffected by delusion.
Dispassion opens the path to divine wisdom. Wordly pleasures give only fleeting satisfaction. Still, people rush towards objects and material pleasures, caught in the trap of illusion. They do not realize that the self gratifies all desires and provides eternal satisfaction. So, stick to your daily meditation and spiritual routine under all circumstances. This will keep evil desires and thoughts at bay. Ultimately, vairagya helps one develop equanimity and tranquility even in the most trying situations.