Attachment through Love or Hate

Published: Mar 10, 2014

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

When there is neither attachment through love nor attachment through hate; that state is referred to as detachment or non-attachment. This fact can very easily be understood from our own experience. When you think of someone who is dear to you, your mind is occupied with thoughts of that person, “When will I meet her? How will I meet her? She is really a nice person. She loves me, she cares for me” and so on. In the same way, your mind occupies itself with thoughts of a person you dislike or hate, “Where will I meet her? When will I meet her? How will I meet her? She is my enemy. She is always trying to harm me. I must take revenge on her,” and so on. Thus, the absorption of the mind is the same in the case of both love and hate. This is the main reason why it was not just the Gopis, who united their minds with Lord Krishna through love, who attained Him, but also demons like Kans, Ravan and others, who united their minds with Him through feelings of animosity, also attained Him.

By Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
An excerpt from 'Prem Ras Siddhant' (4th Edition, March 2009)
Chapter-5, The Soul, Material World and Detachment, page no. 107