Real detachment is nameless and formless.
It is beyond action and inaction. It is free from “this” and “that”, it
is not about “yes” or “no”, nor “neither yes, neither no”. It can be
“yes” and can be “no”. It is because everything has no certainty, all
are impermanent and changing. Everything is just arising and passing
away. Including all the dualities of positive and negative, good and
bad, they all are impermanent names and forms that keep arising and
passing away. When we understand this, we are actually detaching from
“attachment” and “non-attachment”.
It is not by standing on the
head, nor the feet can touch the head from behind, nor standing on one
foot, nor by doing charity, nor by eating vegetarian food or
non-vegetarian food, nor by not doing any so called prohibited acts will
make a person enlighten. It is neither by letting go of all the
previously mentioned practices and not performing any practices, nor by
allowing the ego with its likes and dislikes, craving and aversion leads
our lives, nor by not having any self-control or without the
observances of morality, nor by allowing our desires run free will make
us free from suffering.
But note that all these practices are
very useful and important tools or steps for us to move forward towards
self-realization and to regain our wisdom. When there is wisdom, there
will be no ignorance. When wisdom is absent, ignorance is there. And
because of this ignorance, we don’t know what is real and what is
unreal. Not knowing the truth, we are in fear and worries. Having fear
and worries, we have no peacefulness. Without peacefulness, we are
discontented and unhappy. Due to this discontentment, We are searching
for something to fill up the emptiness in our heart and are looking for
some happiness or excitement trying to chase away the unhappiness or
discontentment in us.
During this process of looking for
happiness and satisfaction, we mistakenly identify ourselves with our
body and the mind with the ego and the intellect. We attach to the body
image and the characteristic and personality of this body and the mind.
We have lots of likes and dislikes. We have lots of wants and don’t
wants. We attach strongly to all the names and forms out there, giving
them different values and meanings of “good” and “bad”. And this
generates more reactions of likes and dislikes, craving and aversion.
Having likes and dislikes, craving and aversion, we are constantly being
disturbed or affected by what we see, hear, smell, taste, touch and
think. We have lots of wants and don’t wants. But seems like nothing can
give us true satisfaction or true happiness. All the things that we
want and don’t want can only give us momentary satisfaction and
happiness. The body and the mind keep chasing after this momentary
fleeting feeling of satisfaction and happiness. The mind becomes
restless. The body is restless too. This is creating more tensions into
the body and the mind. The state of mind is constantly imbalanced. And
thus more irritation, frustration, disappointment, unhappiness and
suffering occur in us.
This is due to incorrect understanding, incorrect identification, incorrect effort, incorrect actions and incorrect thinking.
the yoga practice of restraint, observance, asana, pranayama,
withdrawal of the senses, concentration and meditation, including Karma
yoga, Bhakti yoga and Jnana yoga are here to help us to purify all the
impurities in our mind and to develop the qualities of right
understanding, right view, right conducts, right thinking, right
actions, right speech, right livinghood and right effort.
these exercises or practice are to help us to develop willpower,
determination, perseverance, courage, fearlessness, faith, confidence,
independence, self-discipline, serenity, one-pointedness, patience,
tolerance, acceptance, adjustment, accommodation, adaptation,
forgiveness, letting go, generosity, humility, appreciation, gratitude,
cheerfulness, truthfulness, non-attachment, loving kindness, compassion,
wisdom and selflessness. And it is all these qualities that are leading
us towards self-realization, by eliminating the ego and controlling of
Therefore, it is not merely by performing all the
complicated or so called “advanced” asana poses that will make us
enlighten. But by performing all these asanas, whether they are easy or
complicated, whether our bodies can do this asana or cannot do that
asana, we can accept the condition and limitation of our body, being
comfortable with ourselves in the present condition, accepting the
reality as it is, and thus we are developing all these important
qualities in us that will eventually lead us to self-realization.
Practicing all the asanas for many years without developing these inner
qualities is merely a physical exercise that will give us a strong and
flexible body, and maybe we will live longer and enjoying this world a
little bit more, but it doesn’t remove the ignorance in us if we still
attach strongly to our body and the mind, and are attach strongly to all
the dualities of names and forms. Having strong ignorance, we cannot
understand or see the truth in everything as it is. We superimpose
everything with certain values, ideas and images. We cannot accept the
law of impermanence that the body is eventually decaying and dying. We
want to stop aging, stop decaying, stop weakening and stop the “death”
of this body if it’s possible. We wish we could have supernatural power
that can prevent this body from illness, pain, decaying, weakening and
dying. We still have judgment, comparison, competition and expectation
towards ourselves and other people.
Take a look at all the saints
and sages in the past, even the strongest and most flexible yogis who
can perform such complicated and perfect asanas, as well as the
enlightened Buddha also must abandoned their bodies at one point. They
were teaching us the most important truth of life existence of names and
forms, which is impermanence. Who can escape impermanence? Not our
physical body, not our mind, not our prana, not our feelings, not our
ability, not our life existence, not our name and fame, health and
wealth, happiness and unhappiness, not anything… except our true Self,
the pure consciousness which is not affected by impermanence at all.
Pure existence, pure knowledge and pure bliss. Eternal peace and forever
Having the strong attachment towards our body and mind,
we will try to perform all kinds of asana and pranayama to maintain the
youth and strength of this body and reluctant of losing the youth and
strength of this body. We want to be able to perform this asana and that
asana, and yearning for perfection in the practice. We want to be
stronger and more flexible, and challenging ourselves to do more
complicated asanas. At the same time, we are still having impurities in
us like anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, arrogance, disturbance, fear,
worry, attachment, superiority, inferiority, good and bad, likes and
dislikes, craving and aversion. We are not moving towards
self-realization anymore but are attach to this body for keeping the
ability of the body to perform all the asanas and to prolong this life
existence. There is nothing wrong about this but we are still
experiencing dissatisfaction, incompleteness and suffering.
we just need to perform sufficient of asana practice and moderate
pranayama practice for us to purify and calming our body and the mind,
and to maintain a strong and healthy body for us to move on in the path
of self-realization. We don’t have to challenge the limitation of our
body. Cannot perform headstand or cannot touch the head with the feet
from behind doesn’t stop a person attaining self-realization. Nor by not
doing any pranayama practice will stop a person become enlightened. Nor
by sitting not moving in a cave for a long time will guarantee us
self-realization. Without hands and legs to perform so called asana and
pranayama practice cannot stop a person experiences what is happening in
the mind and will not stop him from realizing the Self. Having a weak
and sick body doesn’t stop a person from self-realization and be at
When we have developed firm detachment, everything will
come naturally without us expecting anything. Pranayama happens
naturally when our mind is calm and concentrated. As well as performing
pranayama can help us to calm the mind and to have concentration.
doubt that all the asana practice and pranayama if being practice in a
correct manner and with right attitude can stimulate and purify the
energy centers and energy channels in our body. This can help us to
unleash and develop all the divine qualities that we need to move on
towards self-realization. At the end, in this path of self-realization,
there is no “goal” to be attained, there is no success or failure, there
is no better or worst, but it is the present moment now that matter
most. Because “now”, is the only reality. The past and the future
doesn’t exist. Now is heaven, now is hell. Now is happiness, now is
unhappiness. Now is ignorance, now is wisdom.
Again, by gaining
the supernatural state of consciousness in yoga practice and meditation
with certain names and forms but without real detachment in us, is not
leading us towards self-realization but it can become an obstacle that
we may caught up in the trap of playing with the energy fields and
supernatural power, and it’s empowering our ego and arrogance. We are
moving away from self-realization actually.
Until we have
developed all these divine qualities in us, we are firmed and unmoved by
whatever our mind and the senses come in contact with, and then we can
let go of the practice with certain names and forms, and our practice is
becoming nameless and formless naturally. Without any qualities, names
and forms, there is not any identifications of anything. Just be. There
is no differences between birth and death, happiness and unhappiness.
Birth is death, death is birth. Happiness is unhappiness, unhappiness is
happiness. Emptiness is form, form is emptiness. Our true Self is
untouched by birth and death. There is no birth, there is no death.
There is no beginning, there is no ending. Where is the “goal”? What is
When we have a lot of impurities, we do need to
perform a lot of practice with certain names and forms to help us to
purify our body and the mind. This is for us to have self-control and to
achieve a balanced state of mind, where the wisdom will arise within us
for us to have the pure knowledge to understand the truth of
everything. It will remove ignorance in us and allow us to be able to
accept the truth as it is. By accepting the truth as it is will allow us
to be able to let go of all the identifications and attachment towards
all the names and forms that we perceive through the senses in our mind.
So that we can go back to our original state of pure consciousness
which is nameless and formless, without any intentions or qualities. It
is attributeless, beyond good and bad, beyond positive and negative,
beyond birth and death, beyond happiness and unhappiness, beyond
suffering and non-suffering, beyond existence and non-existence, beyond
permanence and impermanence.
Most of us need to attach to certain
practices that will eventually lead us to non-attachment towards all
the practices. This might take a short time or a long time depending on
our development in our practice and the level of purity. There are also
minority people that are endowed with all the divine qualities from past
lives, and don’t need any practices for developing what they already
All the practices and divine qualities are here to allow us
to have a balanced state of mind, so that we can develop insight from
within. Wisdom will arise when the mind is calm. Some people practice
for many years but still haven’t develop a strong firmness and are still
being disturbed and affected by the thoughts, feelings and sensations.
When the mind is disturbed, concentration or meditation is impossible.
Without concentration and meditation, wisdom cannot be seen. And thus we
need to continue all our practices as being told by our ancient gurus.
Some people evolve very quickly and develop concentration and
one-pointedness within a short time. While some people are already
“there” without any practices or extra effort.
everything will become clear to us. All doubts, confusion, fear and
worry will be gone. Peacefulness is here. And hence, what is
“attachment”? What is “non-attachment”?
Being a member of a
“religion” doesn’t make us better beings or are happier than other
people. Being a “Buddhist” doesn’t make us enlighten. Being a “yogi”
doesn’t remove our ignorance and suffering. Not being “anything” doesn’t
make us less compassion or less wise than other beings. Nor being
“somebody” will make us more compassion and more wise than other people.
Nor by not having any “religion” will give us freedom.
It is all
about non-attachment and go beyond all the qualities of names and
forms. It is practicing detachment in our heart from moment to moment,
being at the present moment.
What is “religion”? What is a “buddhist”? What is a “yogi”?