Withdraw from Worldly Affairs?

 

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By Jaggi Vasudev

People ask me, “To seek the Divine, should one withdraw from worldly affairs?” See, how can you withdraw from worldly affairs anyway? What are you calling as worldly affairs? Let us say, I am tending to this coconut tree; it is very much a worldly affair, isn’t it? I am cooking my own food, is it not a worldly affair? So you have worldly affairs, otherwise how can you live?

It is just a choice of what kind of worldly affairs you want to do in your life and how much. And why shouldn’t any person have this choice? Every person definitely has the choice. It is only those people, who do not know what they are doing with themselves and are just doing what everybody else is doing, who complain in this manner that they don’t know what to do with themselves. They neither have the intelligence nor the awareness to live their life by choice.

Such people are always complaining about spiritual people, “Oh, these people are not being responsible. They are not into worldly affairs; they are just doing their own affairs.” The man who is in his own house or in his office is also there just to take care of his own affairs. He is not interested in the well-being of the world. He actually doesn’t know what his real affair is and has gotten himself into such a mess, that he doesn’t even know how to get out of it. Because he is unable to get out, he thinks that somebody who is able to manage his own affairs the way he wants to in his life, to the extent that he wants to, is on the wrong bus.

People who are withdrawing from excessive activity, are not causing any damage either to themselves, the society, the world, the environment or the planet. It is only people who are engaged in activity in absolute unawareness who are truly destroying this world, isn’t it? In total unawareness, not knowing what they are doing, simply imitating someone, they are doing more damaging activity than anyone else. They are the people who are causing tremendous damage to the planet and really threatening life on it. They are the people who are taking the whole of humanity towards global suicide.

So right now, the most responsible thing you can do in the world is to withdraw from unconscious activity. But withdrawing from activity is not so simple. It takes tremendous maturity to simply sit quietly, only doing things to the extent that they are needed. This doesn’t come because you are lazy or irresponsible; it comes because you are aware and conscious.

 
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