Please understand, I am defining this word “coveting”. “Kasyasvid” (कस्यस्विद्) I am defining. Anything which you take from others, which is not enriching them, is “coveting”. Anything, by enriching them, they offer, is “offering”. Understand, the whole life, all transactions, either covet, coveting or offering. Whether it is a simple smile, or billion dollar, simple smile, or billion dollar, anything, if you are enriching, and they share it, it is “offering”. If you are not enriching, and taking it, it is “coveting”. I tell you, keep your accounts free; that is the best way to prepare yourself for your death!
My accounts is free. This moment if I want to leave the body, my accounts is free. I have not coveted anything from anybody. It was always enriching, enriching, enriching, enriching. From that anybody shared anything, that was “offered”. So, the cycle of life, I have functioned in this cycle of life only by enriching, enriching, enriching.
Decide! Please listen! It has nothing to do with quantity. Sometimes, even a small stone will be stuck. Sometimes even this huge stone ball can be rotating in the water. I have seen in these fountains, where pressurized water lifts the huge stone ball, and that stone ball rotates in the pressurized water. So, when you are flowing with enriching, your whole life will flow beautifully like the ball rotating or floating in the water. No friction. All around you, life is completely lubricated. No incompletion. All around you, life is beautifully flowing. So decide, whether it is your career, personal life, relationships…..even with your body! Even with your body, don’t covet pleasure from your body. Whenever your body feels tired and you continue to do some action because you think it brings pleasure, it is “coveting” from your own body. Whether it is relationship with your body, relationship with other person, your career, your attitude towards life and world, human society, anybody, decide, from today – “Maa Gridhah Kasyasviddhanam” (मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम्). “Thena Thyakthena Bhunjeethaa Maa Gridhah Kasyasviddhanam” (तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम्).
I tell you, the first instruction by Upanishad….. The first line was not instruction; it was a truth revealed. “Eeshaavaasyamidham Sarvam Yathkincha Jagathyaam Jagath” (ईशावास्यमिदं सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत्) – it is a truth revealed.
The second line is instruction:“Thena Thyakthena Bhunjeethaa Maa Gridhah Kasyasviddhanam” (तेन त्यक्तेनभुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम्). It is an instruction, understand?
A person who goes on enriching, goes on enriching, even if he is offered, never gets bound! Understand? Does not get bound! When you don’t enrich, anything you take is “coveting”, and you are bound by it. Coveting brings bondage and karma and after-effects. Upanishads are beautifully declaring! Actually, if you understand the first line and set your cognition, the second line is the after-effect, the result of it. The only thing you need to renounce is the things you don’t have but which still you are thinking you have and living with it.
You just need to renounce what you don’t have. You don’t need to renounce what you have. That is the truth.
Fear, unnecessary greed for the things you don’t have, all these things if you look, all of them you actually don’t have.
What is Fear? Apprehension about something which has not happened, which is not reality.
What is Greed? Wanted to have something, obsessed about something, which is again not there.
Listen! End of the day, getting comfortable with fear and greed, or becoming powerless because of fear or greed, both, getting comfortable with greed, becoming powerless due to fear, both are foolishness, because, the “change is established in change”. And that is also Pure Consciousness!
See, you see a knife in the hands of a thief, robber, who is standing next to you; and you see a knife in the hands of your mother. Both are knives. But how you respond to both knives?
Mother playfully puts the knife near the neck of a child and says, ‘Are you not afraid?’
The child says, ‘No!’
‘Are you not afraid of the knife?’
‘No, I am not afraid of the knife, because, it is in YOUR hand! It is in my MOTHER’S hand!’
Understand, Life’s knife is in the hands of Pure Consciousness which is intelligent, compassionate and loves you. It is not in the hands of a robber. Other than the idea you have that you are violated, you can NEVER be violated. You can NEVER be violated! You can go on trying to convince everyone that you are getting violated, violated. In that process, because you repeat it so many times, you make everyone believe, and you also start believing you are violated! Otherwise no one is violated, understand?
So, understand, even if you are demanding attention from somebody without enriching that person, it is “coveting”! It is “Kasyasvid” (कस्यस्विद्)! And, I tell you, as long as you have one small secret part of you which you believe is a powerful strategist keeping your life together…..
Ramakrishna says beautifully, ‘This crow thinks he is very brilliant and intelligent; nobody can throw stone at him, or kill him, or anything. Finally, he goes and eats filth!’
I used a better word: ‘He goes and eats filth!’
Same way, this secret corner of you which you believe is a powerful strategist and takes all most intelligent decisions and keeps your life together, about which you are very proud, that part of you, understand, is exactly like the crow – acts very intelligent, thinks it can covet everyone’s wealth, and it is very brilliant. Finally, just because of that small part of you, your whole life is spread with the fear, Self-Doubt, Self-Hatred, and Self-Denial (SDHD). I tell you, you are really a better person than you imagine who you are. This clarity, if it comes to you, you will understand that even secretly you don’t need to plan for this “Kasyasvid” (कस्यस्विद्).
See, most of us go on planning for “Kasyasvid” (कस्यस्विद्) – coveting. Either we wait for an opportunity to do it without getting caught, or we wait for the courage to do without getting caught. Opportunity or courage! But, decision from your very being, ‘No! From now, only enriching!’ I am not saying, don’t charge for the services you are offering. No! All I am saying is, give more, so that, what is given back to you is only an “offering”, not “coveting”. “Gridhah” (गृधः), “Maa Gridhah Kasyasviddhanam” (मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम्)! Exactly, the word “Gridhah” (गृधः), “Maa Gridhah” (मा गृधः) means – “Don’t covet”. Understand!
Non-stealing, non-demanding, brings you freedom. And, realizing you don’t need to, brings you the ultimate freedom. Realizing you don’t need to, brings you ultimate freedom. Keeping yourself in the cognition of “Eeshaavaasyamidham Sarvam” (ईशावास्यमिदं सर्वं), “Eeshaavaasyamidham Sarvam Yathkincha Jagathyaam Jagath” (ईशावास्यमिदं सर्वंयत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत्), keeping yourself in the context of “By the Consciousness all is filled, whatever moving there is, which is established in ever-moving”.
Understand, all your secret strategies for coveting only brings SDHD – Self-Doubt, Self-Hatred, Self-Denial – in you. So, drop all the plans you have secretly for coveting, and understand honestly, sincerely, you don’t need to covet, and you can live your life by going on enriching. Enriching can be an amazing, powerful, ultimately secured and showering lifestyle. Coming to this conclusion is “Completion”. Coming to this cognition that enriching will be an amazing, amazing, powerful, amazing, powerful, secure, showering lifestyle, is “Completion”. The day you come to the conclusion consciously – “Enriching is the amazing, ultimate, secure, showering lifestyle” – you come to Completion, and all the fears disappear! All the fears disappear! The freedom simply happens! That day is your Enlightenment Day! That moment is the Completion moment for you!