Sha Philosophy – Chapter29: DESPAIR
Niraasa ( despair ) is latent in all the 84 Lakhs ( 8.4 million) types of multitudes of creatures, which have body and soul. It may be difficult to observe despair in birds, animals and multitudes of other creatures which have gross body and soul. However, it is possible to know their despair from their appearance, when they don’t get the things for which they long for. For example, if a creeper plant is not watered, it withers and shows its despair. Similarly, we will be able to perceive the despair in every creature. Therefore, we can conclude that, the despair is dormant in every creature.
Everyone knows that, only in the human beings, it is very easy to observe and understand the despair present. However, if we wish to describe the true nature of despair; it is very profound, very difficult to understand in what form it appears, to realize its characteristics, one should have to investigate individually within their disposition ( nature ).
The life of human beings is bound by Aasa ( desire ). Man conducts himself to advance in his life in pursuit of his Aasa ( desire ) at every moment. But, as soon as an idea in the form of Aasa ( desire ) occurs in his mind, much before its occurrence, Niraasa ( despair ) occurs or precedes his Aasa ( desire ) and resultantly at that moment itself man looses hope.
The Aasa ( desire ) occupies very important place in human life. Similarly the Niraasa (despair )also has more powerful place in human life. Man may forget his Aasa ( desire ) at certain point of time, but he can never forget the Niraasa ( despair ) though he wants to, because the Niraasa ( despair ) flicks his heart from time to time. Quite often we experience this. For example, man needs a certain thing. In view of that, Aasa ( desire ) occurs in him to endeavour to acquire it. Though he is absolutely confident of achieving it, the image of Niraasa ( despair ) intimidates him at every moment. Even though the man accomplishes the desired thing, which gave him happiness, in that situation also the Niraasa ( despair ) appears.
It is impossible for the man to remove such a latent Niraasa ( despair ) from his mind. In this situation, the advancement of human life is indeed temporal. However, there is a scope to transgress this Niraasa ( despair ) in spiritual approach.
If the Aasa ( desire ) of the man is directed to attain immediate or momentary pleasures, it will certainly be associated with Niraasa ( despair ) and resultantly man won’t have any chance, at any moment, to avoid its influence on his mind. Therefore, it is becoming very difficult for the man to endeavour to attain salvation by being spiritual, because he is after the vanities of the world , which are ephemeral and temporal.
In case, man wishes to have certain desired object which gives him temporal and momentary happiness by transgressing this powerful Niraasa ( despair ) when it hinders him, he should fix his volition on the Niraasa ( despair ) itself and endeavour to pursue further, then the Niraasa ( despair ) and dispiritedness will go away and the desired object will be accomplished. Subsequently, he may be delighted to understand that, the great spiritual power of Eeswara ( divine power or providence ) has helped him in his pursuit and favoured him as luck.
When the Aasa ( desire ) to realize the Supreme Knowledge about God originates in you, the Branthi Shakti ( power of delusion ) hinders your spiritual pursuit by making you bound by Niraasa ( despair). In other words, the power of delusion causes despair and will hinder the spiritual ideas or your quest for spiritual knowledge.
Therefore, it is not good to conduct yourself in worldly or spiritual affairs by following the ideas, which are bound by Aasa ( desire ). To deal with this Niraasa ( despair ); it is better for you to follow the ideas which generate the Niraasa ( despair ) at every moment and endeavour to accomplish the desired result. In this process the Niraasa ( despair ) will ultimately go away and towards the end you will ultimately accomplish the desired worldly or spiritual wish. Therefore, the ultimate consequence of this Niraasa ( despair ) makes you successful in mundane as well as spiritual affairs. When, the Sadhaka ( seeker ) reaches to this stage of realization in his pursuit, he will be able to understand the greatness of his Guru ( Master ).