In fact, non-possessiveness is an inner calling rather than external behaviour.
In Mahavira’s vision, the amassing of objects is merely a collection
which is important for family and society, as well as for the religious
congregation. But the difference between collection and possessiveness
is that collection in itself is considered a punya or noble deed where
as possessiveness, a wrong deed. Rightful discriminative distribution
of collectibles is not possessiveness. However, everyone does not have
this right vision of distribution. Mahavira’s message to those who
had the potential to develop this quality of non-possessiveness was to
stay focused on their goal of productive increase of wealth so that the
society at large may benefit from their punya, “Remain focused.
Your focus lets others find a vision. Your vision is the pillar of the
economic system, as well as the guiding light of families, societies and,
in fact, for the entire nation”.
And those devout followers expressed their devotion to the
Lord by saying “Chakhudayanam” – “Lord! You are the giver of
vision”. The Lord lessed his disciple Ananda by saying, “May
you become a visionary. May you become the centre. May you
hold the central axis of society. Remain detached and be alert
towards the prescribed goals which will bring wealth, peace
gpl aparigatha 200607.indd 8 6/21/2007 2:40:40 PM and protection to the country.”
Sacrifice devoid of detachment gives rise to darkness.
How can a gloomy vision give light to Sadhana? It will only propel it
Know your responsibility. This will give rise to strength.
A wealthy person must propel his means towards progress and
revolutionize the country’s energy with his Right Vision. Our
future depends largely on energy which is ignited with detachment.
History is witness to the fact that healthy, wealthy & peaceful societies are those that are born from great religious acts.
The Great Saint of Veerayatan, Amar Muniji, expounded
three tenets for a good and pure life – Service, Education and Sadhana.
Service: Developing a healthy, clean life system. A life of non-violence.
Education: Constructing one’s spiritual intelligence, and support towards such an act in the life of others as well.
Sadhana: Right distribution of acquired wealth by
detachment. Non-possessiveness in life’s sadhana.
Gurudev Amar Muniji’s book “Aparigraha Darshan” is an
inspirational work. It is a transcript for a successful householder’s life.
Today, the entire world, and progressive India at large,
is in need of a spiritual, intellectual, and conomically strong society,
for the emergence of enthusiasm in the youth and enterprising leadership.
I believe that this book will be the guiding light for such an endeavour.
Vasant Panchami 2007