Unfortunate is that the term “liberal” is considered as moreover an anti-hindu term. In contrary, one who truly understands the concept of “Hinduism” would say it is the most liberal concept on the earth. The ultimatum of following Hinduism or practicing Hindu principles is basically to reach the “Moksha”. As per the Hindu philosophy, “Vairagya” is essential for a person to attain “Moksha”.
But unfortunately, such a great term (Vairagya) is being presented as a regressive concept/mindset by the so-called liberals.
What is Vairagya?
Vairagya is Vairagya; there are no “types of vairagya”. Vairagya is the most liberal concept possible on this earth. Vairagya leads to Moksha, and Moksha means the never-ending true happiness. In short, Viaragya is the practice that leads a person towards the true happiness. Well, it’s a common sense or if you go literally, the term “Moksha” means liberation. And, if Vairagya is the practice or way of getting liberated, it spontaneously becomes the most liberal term.
Now question is that why “Vairagya” is such misunderstood?
The half-educated Hindus or the so-called liberal Hindus basically believe “Vairagya” means wearing saffron, leaving homes, getting away of the relationships, etc. Some even try to find the possible political connections for it. Certain cases of self-declared god men can also be stated as a reason behind such perceptions. Hence, they call Vairagya as a negative term.
In contrary, Vairagya has nothing to do with any colour, quitting home, relationship, etc. There are many great and “true” saints in Hinduism, those who have attained the true “Vairagya”, despite staying in relationships.
If a liberal believes that there should be no taboo for someone, Hinduism too believes in that. For example, liberals believe that “sex” should not be considered a taboo. Hinduism also believes the same. In fact, in the Vedas, it is clearly stated that every individual is free to act as per his intellect (and has to accept the Karma as per that). To be specific, “sex” is also not a taboo. One can have “sambhog”(intercourse), and yet can be called a yogi, or be in “Vairagya”. The best example would be lord Krushna, who is called as the “Yogeshwar”, or someone who has reached the highest state of Vairagya, despite being a typical family man.
Vairagya is basically the thin line drawn in-between the dos and don’ts
Let’s take the case of sex. As explained above, “Vairagya” can also be attained by having “sambhog” or “intercourse” or “sex”. Thing is, it’s all about the mindset. In Hinduism, it is said that God simply notes down a person’s intention behind every action. In other words, the god observes or notes everyone’s thoughts behind the actions, and set consequences as per the laws of Karma. In the particular case of “sambhog”, if it is done for the sake of continuing the family, as the responsibility, or with an even greater intention of producing a better son/daughter for the society, there isabsolutely no harm. But, the same “sambhog” if done with a lust mind, is indeed going to have its own consequence. In this case, it doesn’t remain the “sambhog”; it becomes the “bhog” or materialistic enjoyment. Someone a victim of lust considers a female body as a matter of enjoyment. And, this is where the attachment comes or the bonding comes. Such materialistic bonding or attachments do carry negative effects in either ways. For example, someone a victim of lust either manages to fulfil his wish or fails. But, in either case, such a person can never be satisfied. If he/she achieves the enjoyment, the fire of achieving more and more make him/her a victim of his/her own characteristic. And if he doesn’t get fulfilled, it is obvious for him to generate anger. In Vedic terms, these happiness or unhappiness are called the “Raag” and “Dwesh” respectively. Unsettlement is guaranteed; no matter you have the “raag” or “dwesh” for someone or something. Both create the further “desire” that keeps on unsettling the person.
Not just with “sex”, this is the case with every aspect or every action of life. Such “raag” or dwesh” appear due to the wrong perception about something or someone. Again taking the case of ‘sex’ as example, if someone understands that it is a necessity for developing a greater bonding between husband and wife, for the fulfilment of producing a better child for the self, the society, etc, there remains no “desire”, which we call the “lust”. In this case, it remains up to the husband and wife, or up to the reproduction.
But in contrary, if someone (even a married person) creates a perception in mind that sex is a mere sensual happiness, he or she starts seeing the other person as a body. He/she starts seeing as per the other person in terms of his/her body shape. Sometimes his wishes get fulfilled, and he becomes the victim of “raag” to desire more of such joy. In some other cases the same person becomes the victim of “dwesh” to desire about achieving this joy in every possible way. In either case, it creates the bonding or the attachment.
Vairagya in all aspects of life:
Such raag-dwesh scenario is applied for every wish someone makes in life. If the wishes are fulfilled, it creates the “raag”, and if these get unfulfilled, it creates the “dwesh”. Point to be noted here is that the “wish” here is basically the wrong perception, just like explained in above case.
Well, it’s impossible to explain these things in just one abstract or article. In fact, it is said that it takes years and even millions of lives for someone to attain the “Vairagya”. Anyway, the purpose of explaining all these is that the so-called intellectuals never talk or try to explain this term called “vairagya”. “Vairagya” is about going beyond all sorts of personal “desires”, which basically arise due to wrong perceptions. Once this state is achieved, the person doesn’t remain in dilemma of intellects. Vairagya is that state of mind where the person does everything or performs every action, without becoming a victim of “raag-dwesh”, without having any personal greed, or simply understanding the real purpose behind everything or every action.
The purpose of citing the example of “intercourse” is that there is no constraint, regulations, or boundaries; rather, the intention or the cause is important. Not just “intercourse”, the intention matters in every case of “vairagya”. This makes “Vairagya” the most “liberal” term in the world.
Hope, every “liberal” understands this most and truest “liberal” term in the world. It’s no rocket science as well; being a good person with good intentions is the best way on how to get vairagya.