Isha Vasyam

I was rearranging my wardrobe when I chuckled to myself. The reason being that only the previous night I had remarked to the better half that I just had to go for shopping as I had nothing to wear. And here I was struggling to bring orderliness to a bulging wardrobe.

Urmila Mataji (Dr.Edith Best), an academician, a teacher; a person whom I admire very much once said in one of her discourses that we all have something more than what we require. So true!! Three simple meals a day, two pair of clothes for outdoor wear and two for indoors, a pair of shoes are enough. But then do we stop there.

And there are abundances in plenty. One lady owned 3000 pair of shoes. A CM trebled her assets in four years. Some have villas all over the world and then there are some who don’t even have a square meal a day.Talk of extremes………

The Isopanishad says

īśāvāsyam idam sarvaṁ
yat kiñca jagatyāṁ jagat
tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā
mā gṛdhaḥ kasya svid dhanam

Translation:
Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong.
Such a sweet verse isn’t it? Whatever exists in this universe belongs to the Lord. It is something like this….When we visit someone and stay with them, we use whatever we need not whatever we fancy. Like for example we will eat with them, use their space but we will not wear their clothes because….it is not ours. Similarly when we take birth our duty is to use only those things which we need for sustenance. Everything belongs to everybody.
Picture a father who brings a dozen mangoes for three of his children. So ideally each child should get four mangoes. But what happens if one child eats all the mangoes? Imbalance right?
Same thing is happening to the world right now. A few powerful men are tring to gather everything for themselves forgetting that everything is for everyone and not just for them alone.
The doubt may come that how can I survive with just the basics? Just like parents look after all the needs of the children, simlarly the Supreme Lord sees to it that we get whatever we need, Simple, isn’t it?

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3 responses to “Isha Vasyam

  1. Yes, very very true. Thanks for the nice post.

  2. Lovely. I have heard this verse for school prayers for a continuous 12 years. Yet I never knew the meaning. I loved your interpretation too. It is true that we do not stop even though we know that we have excess of everything. This one will stay with me for long.

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