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Attachment Vs. Detachment

Updated on April 6, 2011

I am ATTACHED to my body. I am what I am. I want all the materialistic things on this earth. I want materialistic prosperity thus, I work hard for a living. I feed my body so that I can work diligently and get the money. At the end of the day, I have a status in the society. I like to be honored for what I have done and if I do not attain my goals, I am very very disappointed. I cannot sleep well. I get hyper-tension. I visit my doctor frequently since now, I have a list of medicines to eat for my diseased body. My body is diseased but, I keep working hard until my goals are achieved and I am respected for what I have done.

I am DETACHED from my body. I have no feelings. I am born in this world where nothing is free. Thus, I work to earn money. I eat three meals a day to give me energy. I work during the day but towards the end of the day, I rest in peace and joy with no attachments of getting honored or respected for what I have done. I am happy with my life. I laugh with my whole heart and I can feel the joy inside me. I am diseased FREE. This something inside me is full of joy and full of life. It's the soul. I can feel it now. It is my BEST friend. Since I am detached to my body and my feelings. I do not worry about what the world is doing or achieving. I have the basic necessities and I work to get a pay-check. This money helps my family. I get the dough for my family during the day. Evenings, I rest like a monk. I give my services to people with no obligation. That makes my soul at peace. I am the happiest soul on this planet.

The above are two patterns of life. We live in a democratic world where we can make our choice. What we want to achieve at the end of the day, is TOTALLY OUR CHOICE!

Good luck my fellow men!!


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    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Thank you Kimberly. I am glad you liked the above and agree with it.

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      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      Beautiful truths. Thank you for sharing your insight. Voted up and beautiful. Socially shared.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Thank you neeleshkulkarni.

      Will check it out!

    • neeleshkulkarni profile image


      7 years ago from new delhi

      i strongly recommend a book called myths= mithya by Dr Devidutt Patnaik.Many concepots about Hinduism get clarified reading it.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Hi fpherj48

      That was the motive ;-)

      I am glad you liked it. Always a pleasure and a delight to read your insight into it. What better hubber than you who share same views on Karma.

      Karma connected

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Curiad,

      Thank you!

      Life is in anyways so complicated so, thought I use simplicity describing it...

      Was a pleasure to see you!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Hello Neeleshkulkarni,

      I liked your description above. This was new to me...Thankyou!

      Bottom line...we should be able to create a balance in our lives...well said indeed.

      Thank you for your valuable feedback. Appreciated it

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      well said indeed...Muthali.

      thank you for stopping by with your valuable comment!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Well said peoplepower73

      If we r attached to anything...sorrow is inevitable.

      Detachment is very tough to attain but awareness towards it, will help us come out of sorrow; if of any loss.

      Thank you for stopping by! Pleasure to get ur insight :)

    • fpherj48 profile image


      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ruchira...I love this hub. In fact, I like your writing in general. This is short and powerful! Gives us all plenty to think about! Thank you! Voted up and awesome

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      7 years ago

      The way you separated and showed the two sides of each of us is splendid. Your clarity of style is refreshing.

      Thank you for this awesome Hub! Voted UP!

    • neeleshkulkarni profile image


      7 years ago from new delhi

      attachment is also necessary because if it the source of the greatest pain it is also the source of the greatest pleasures.If everyone was only detached the world would not exist.

      In Hindu mythology both tapa (detachment) and rasa(attachment, worldly pleasures)Whereas the tapa of Shiva gives him supreme understanding of the nature of the world and gives him supreme peace(satchitanand)it does not let the natural order of life go on.The snow is peaceful but ther is only Shiva in it not the rest of the universe.That is why the Goddess has to dance on his body as kalika to wake him and then assume a domesticated form as Parvati to make him aware of sansara and awake him to attachment .That is the only way the natural order can be preserved.So if the supreme detached Individual also wakes to the need for attachment how can it be all bad?

      Yet i agree that a balance is neccesary.

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      7 years ago from TRICHIRAPALLI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA-621216

      Dear Ruchira,

      Have done good job. In fact we are Divine Souls occupied this body.

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      Mike Russo 

      7 years ago from Placentia California

      Eric Fromm, a psychologist, said attachemt is a form of love. If we are attached to someting, we love it. There is positive attachment and negative attachment, but in either case, when it is gone, you feel a loss. Thanks for SHARING.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Hi Rajan,

      Deep thoughts yet so true.

      Attachments lead to misery and sorrow. We have to learn to detach ourselves from the world and yet be attached to it in many ways...

      Thanks for stopping by with your valuable comment...raised the value of this hub!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      The ideal way for me would be to live a life detached from this world while being attached to it.

      Nice thoughts to ponder on, Ruchira.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Hi Qlcoach,

      Well said indeed.

      We are smart humans to make a choice for our own good. Sure, I will check out your hub.

      Thanks for stopping by with your precious input...loved it!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Hi Vinaya,

      Yes, I TOTALLY agree that Lord Krishna has stated the above beautifully. I am just a follower Vinaya. Thus, the above interpretation.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Gary Eby 

      8 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Yes to the power of making healthy choices. Here's to finding that balance between mind, body, and spirit. I like the way you try to get the reader to see the impact of positive choices. Peace and Light....Gary. Oh, hope you will check out more of "What I Know."

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      I believe not body has spoken as beautifully as Krishna about attachment and detachment. Thanks for sharing your views.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Pleasure is mine msorensson :) Appreciate you took the time to read it.

    • msorensson profile image


      8 years ago

      A great allegory to those who are attached and those who are on their way to liberation. Two divergent but entwined paths, just as caduceus, and just as nada and pingala, Ruchira.

      Thank you. I enjoyed it.


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