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The seminal role that Vairagyam, dispassion, plays in Spiritual sadhana needs to be reiterated often as it is this that adds strength to whatever mode of sadhana we follow. It is a member in the four-fold qualification that a spiritual seeker is required to be equipped with so that the enquiry on Brahman will be fruitful. Without this, Adi Shankara says in the Vivekachoodamani that all other virtues are but a mirage. That is, the other virtues will remain just a seeming ornament and would not come of any real use. With a view to remind ourselves of the need to strengthen this King of virtues, dispassion, I propose to post now and then messages from a variety of scriptures, books of recent times, sayings of the Elders, the Wise, etc. Here is a verse (just the meaning) from Bhartrihari's Vairagya Shatakam:

The objects of enjoyment, even after staying with us for a long time , are sure to leave us sometime; then what difference does their privation in this way make to men, that they do not of their own accord discard them? If the enjoyments leave us on their own initiative, i.e. if they tear themselves from us, they produce great affliction of the mind; but if men voluntarily renounce them, they  conduce to the eternal bliss of self-possession. (verse 12)

The following ten articles describe Vairagyam in greater details.

Vairagyam (Parts 1 to 10)


The following writings on various topics on Advaita  may be downloaded for viewing and printing and they are all in pdf file format.


ShArIram kEvalam karma

The Status and Role of  Scriptures in Advaita

Different Meanings of Atma

AntarayAmi in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Shankaracharya and Gitacharya

ShArIamkEvalam Karma

Tat Tvam Asi Nine Times

The World and Anitya

Flawless Advatic Teaching of Tat Tvam Asi

The Rope and Snake Thru Madhava's Dwaita System

More Explanations to Rope and Snake Thru Madhava's Dwaita System