Yama: Aparigraha (Detachment)

If greed has to do with an unbridled passion for other people's goods, greed, on the other hand, has to do with a mess in relation to our possessions. Behind the accumulation is probably a false idea of security and, of course, an expression of power according to our social values. Write Julián Peragón, Arjuna.

Actually, having a lot of money isn't a problem in itself. Strictly speaking, money is a means of exchange, energy symbolized from a work done. The problem with money is the same as with water: if it doesn't circulate it gets corrupted. Money symbolizes our way of manipulating energy, relationships or power in the world. It's not about saying money is bad, but it's not about the money being my friend. The important thing is to discover that, in our society, money is a very dense energy because prestige is on the court of having and not so much of being. So much you have, so much vouchers. The perception we have is that if you have, your doors will open.

We must be very attentive when the money and possessions that result from it begin to be a heavy burden. When a good needs to be cared for, protected, cared for; when, on the other hand, we fear losing it; when we stick to it; when it suffers a damage and makes us spend an essential time in our inner process, on our way of realization. Perhaps that is what Jesus meant when he spoke of how difficult it was for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

In the generation of my parents, who lived the hard part of the war and post-war, the pantry was always overflowing, a symptom that the ghost of hunger was still alive. Greed, which is the power to retain, hides a fear of emptiness; spending becomes a danger. But it is clear that one can treasure banknotes, food, cars, but also travel, philosophies or relationships. As the saying reminds us, you only own what you can't lose in a shipwreck.

In the end it's about going light luggage. Spiritual practice itself requires being 100 percent present and not pending the movements of the stock exchange, that our gains do not become losses.

The splendour of the simple

We live in a world full of things, full of artifacts. A first world of goods as a third party bleeds out of poverty. We go to the rebates because we're bored, because the blind inertia of the system says, "produce and consume," no matter what. When our life is crowded with things, or whatever, it loses freshness, external disorder invades the inner order, the complex crushes the simple. Aparigraha is find the simplicity of life precisely to realize it, just as a musical note takes all its splendor when there is silence.

The closed hand can only accumulate a small amount of sand but open can caress the entire desert. In the face of greed, we must promote Detachment. Do not identify with goods, for they are transient as everything is, the same life. If we get out of our grips, the subtle dimension of existence. Perhaps we can understand that infinite chain of things and beings that fate manages. If we don't let go of the goods now, sooner or later death will open our hands no matter how much resistance we offer.

When one grows Aparigraha he obtains a great treasure, more valuable than gold; you get time, a time that never runs out because it's a timeless time, an eternal present.

Who is it

Julian Peragón, Arjuna, fteacher speaker, run the Yoga Synthesis school in Barcelona


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By • 4 Apr, 2013 • Sección: Signatures, Yamas and Niyamas