The trap of Maaya
Dear Ektaji, why do we respect only greatness? Why do we set goals by comparing with bigger and better only? However our benchmarks of Greatness keep changing as we ourselves evolve, and we keep chasing one or other desires. What is a right way to look upon people, their work and its importance, and our relativity? For example, we would want our kids to become great entrepreneur/ scientist/ doctor/ engineer, but not a service employee/ servant/ auto-wala/ sweeper etc. When we do this, are we showing disrespect for those people and jobs?
That is the trap of Maaya! A person lost in ignorance gives undue importance to material things and factors associated with this material world. You have identified already what Maaya does to you. Maaya shows you the carrot in wealth, in great name/fame, in false identifications. You keep running behind this and never reach anywhere. Even if you achieve what you were running behind, you realize that the mind has started chasing something else. It is like sitting on a carousal and going round and round in circles but never really getting anywhere. You will keep running and even achieve name, fame, wealth, etc. but you will never ever achieve satisfaction with these! This is all the trap of Maaya!
A wise one knows that this is all Maaya! He is not caught up in the duality of rich and poor, high and low, etc. For him, there is no difference between an engineer or a service employee, such a one only teaches his children to walk the path of good, rather than teach them competition and comparison. A wise one never pushes his children in a particular direction but only helps one identify which is his direction!
As you grow in spiritual knowledge you will see the stronghold of Maaya weakening on you. You will realize that it is just the weakness of the mind to fall into comparison, feverishness of running behind people and things. An inner strength will take over you. You will slowly get there. As the old skin of Maaya sheds away, you will see the new you. Keep walking the path of spirituality and keep attending regular knowledge sessions. Have patience!
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