01 Feb Upeksha- Imperturbability & Happiness
Upeksha – Imperturbability & Happiness
Buddhi comprises of four components. They are Maitri, Karuna, Mudita and Upeksha. These four help in polishing our Chitta. Today, focus is on Upeksha.
Upekṣā (उपेक्षा) is a Sanskrit word-It means equanimity, non-attachment, poise, non-discrimination and even-mindedness or letting go.
It means not giving importance to or keeping distance from the ill or evil around us. It means not letting our mind getting affected by it. We shouldn’t try to correct the person who is engaging in unholy acts. There are law and order agencies and trained people to handle them. We can do our duty towards society by informing the relevant agencies about such trouble making elements, but should keep away from them personally.
It is easy to get affected by the negativity happening in the world – rapes, violence and murders – in the name of politics, religion, corruption and terrorism. One shouldn’t accept them, but neither should one get disturbed. For instance, one can choose not to dwell on such news when one reads them in the newspaper. Imperturbability (Upeksha) in day-to-day situations that might be happy, painful, successful or unfortunate helps in harmonizing of our Citta.
There is an example of Krishna being challenged by a scoundrel into a fight. Krishna walked away even though the person called him a coward. It wasn’t cowardice. It was wisdom. Similarly, we shouldn’t react if someone abuses or criticises us. We should be indifferent. Let them speak. We have to maintain our balance state of mind. Upeksha is a pre-requisite on the path of peaceful healing and spiritual happiness.
“Maintain a relaxed attitude. You are more confident. You understand life much better. Things don’t affect you as much. You work with great success.” – Smt Hansaji J. Yogendra
Aspire to increase the Imperturbability component in your daily life and the lives of people around you.