We are all seeking freedom, but from what?
From the clutches of vices. Whether we realize it or not, those vices which we sometimes look upon as our friends are really enemies which enslave us.
In Raja Yoga terms, we understand that the roots of all negativity and sorrow are the ‘vices’: ego, attachment, greed, lust and anger.
And if desires are the seed of all sorrow, then the roots, trunks, branches and twigs are the vices and all of their progeny. A seed is so tiny, and yet look how much emerges from it!
We lose our happiness because we get trapped in fear, pain and the negative emotions of the branches and the twigs. We become victims of sorrow.
It is only when we get to the real root of the vices that we can see what is actually causing our sorrow.
Envisage the scene: everyone’s personal ‘package’ of vices is being played out against others’ on this world drama stage. One person’s anger striking another’s, one person’s lust playing off another’s.
We all have vices: no one is immune To them! But why not take the time to identify your ‘greatest enemies’ and see what gives birth to what.
Attachment interwoven into complicated webs of relationships. Greed and competition escalating on all sides. It is no wonder we have lost our peace of mind!
The way back to peace and happiness is to trace the line of the twigs and branches back to the trunk and the roots. Find out what your main core vices are and begin to eliminate them.
For example, if you are discontented, needy and selfish, realize that at the root of these sorrowful emotions is the vice of greed. Greed is constantly trying to tell us, ‘I need… I want…’, and desires are then created in an attempt to fill the void.
So we search in vain for things to end the emptiness, instead of replacing the vice of greed with the virtues of love and spiritual fulfilment.
Each vice is connected with another, and they feed each other. So find out which are the core vices behind your feelings and emotions, and renounce or transform them with understanding and determination.
Very soon they will be replaced by peace, love and happiness. We all have vices: no one is immune To them! But why not take the time to identify your ‘greatest enemies’ and see what gives birth to what.
You may just find the root cause of your sorrow, sadness or discontentment, and the way to inner peace and happiness.
By Dadi Janki
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) is an international non-governmental organisation, which intends to help individuals re-discover and strengthen their inherent worth by encouraging and facilitating a process of spiritual awakening.