What is Vairagya

Vairagya is the opposite of Raga. It is dispassion or non-attachment. It is indifference towards sensual enjoyments herein and hereafter. Vairagya thins out the sensual mind. It turns the mind inward.
The Vairagya born of discrimination is lasting and steady. If anyone seriously thinks of the different kinds of pains, such as birth, death, worry, suffering, disease, loss, hostility, disappointment and anxiety, then Vairagya will dawn immediately. Look upon the worthless perishable things of this world as straw, dust, dung or poison. This will induce intense and lasting dispassion.

From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda
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