Can Sorrow End?

Can Sorrow End?

Sorrow arises in one’s bosom due to ignoring the fact (sat) and desiring something imaginary. Upanishads reveal that one is in fact of the nature of happiness. Due to the misconception of incompleteness, one imagines an external object (asat) to be the source of happiness. “That is better or more pleasurable,” goes the fancy. The fact here is the truth which “IS” on all the levels and layers of the personality, situations, circumstances and surroundings. To be with the fact everywhere (desha), at all times (kaala) and with all things (vastu), one requires great inner strength and tremendous earnestness. One has to seriously notice or perceive the fact, and above all, have the courage and choiceless insight to stay with the fact in all stillness.

To see the Fact is to be the Fact, which dissolves all mental imagination (bundle of sorrow) unexpectedly. The Fact itself is joy, peace and bliss.

We may put this in another way too. Sorrow is the result of our mind at play. We take the suggestions of our mind to be real. Mundaka Upanishad (2.1.2) declares the Self to be free of mind (aprano hi amanaah shubhrah). No wonder a wise lady once said, “The difference between the enlightened and the ignorant is just that the mind uses the former and the latter use their mind!”

Gargi Pandey