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Jagadguru Shankaracharya #SriSri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji:
Every man thinks that only some things are needed by him in life and not others. In so thinking, he creates what is raga, or liking, for things he needs, and dvesha, or dislike, for those he does not. Because of this raga and dvesha, he suffers. In fact, there is no such thing as likable or unlikable. It is all created by the mind. If he understands this, there will be no room for raga or dvesha in him. And if that is so, he will not suffer. This is what Bhagavan Sri Krishna says

इन्द्रियस्येन्द्रियस्यार्थे रागद्वेषौ व्यवस्थितौ|
तयोर्न वशमागच्छेत्तौ ह्यस्य परिपन्थिनौ||

The senses have likes and dislikes for sense objects, but one should not come under their sway. This means that essentially, man should not imbibe this quality of liking one thing and disliking another. दद्यान्नावसरं किंचित् कामादीनां मनागपि ।

Our forefathers have said that for a man who has no attachments, there will be no particular desire for anything in the world.He will look upon everything with equal vision. And his mind, too, will always be clear. Attaining this state of mind should be the objective of life.

The Lord says:
न प्रहृष्येत्प्रियं प्राप्य नोद्विजेत्प्राप्य चाप्रियम्।
One should neither be elated on getting what he likes nor be dejected on any unpleasant happening. One should, therefore, conduct one's life in the light of what Bhagavan says. If we pursue this endeavour, we will advance in life.

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