All these are not different from the soul. Let us shed this illusion that we are seeking refuge in another. In seeking refuge in them, we are seeking refuge in ourselves, in our own being.
The person who practises this anupreksha, this wholesome thinking, cannot be unsocial or impractical. All refinement in conduct, reformation in society, revolution and welfare is effected by such persons only. Those who are caught in attachment and illusion, cannot reform society, nor accomplish good works, nor can such persons bring about a social revolution. They cannot take society to the summit of progress. How should they? A person who is deeply attached to material things, who considers matters to be something eternal, struggles so hard for material objects so as to involve the whole society in endless strike. On the other hand, a person who is wholly given to social and group conditioning, follows the group blindly, says to himself, ?Whatever happens to others will happen to me?. This collectivism then becomes the means of taking one into dense darkness. The individual who seeks security and refuge in others becomes a cypher in oneself. He always depends upon others to save him. So he follows others. He never tries to stand on his own feet, if these truths are realised by a social individual, the very face of society is altered. Society then assumes a form, which it had never assumed before. A society erected on spiritual foundation and based upon these truths, will be a revolutionary, orderly, peace-loving society, well disposed towards all.
(As told to Lalit Garg who can be contacted at [email protected])