The Holistic Science Prescription for Freedom from Anger, Pride, Deceit and Greed

Oct 21, 2013


FOR time immemorial, the divine forces have been waging war against the forces of evil. The wars between Rama and Ravana in Ramayana, between Athura Mazda and Ahriman in Zoroastrianism, between God and Satan in Christianity and between Allah and Iblis in Islam, embody this struggle. These battles symbolize the struggles between the divine and the demonic in all of us. Kashayas are the demonic tendencies in us that manifest as anger, pride, deceit and greed.

ANGER is one of the most destructive kashayas. It not only causes pain to others but creates turbulence within. Despite this understanding, people get angry. Why? Because they think that others are responsible for their agony. Say you are walking along a hilly road and a boulder comes rolling over and hits you. Are you going to get angry? No, you will perceive this as an accident. What if someone hurled a rock at you? Now you will be overcome with anger. According to Holistic Science, the person who threw the rock at you was just the nature’s instrument for inflicting pain. The underlying cause for this painful incident is your past karmas. Once you undergo this paradigm shift, you will realize that the whole world is innocent. Therefore, you should forgive even those who cause excruciating pain to you.

POET saint Kabir has expounded the virtue of forgiveness in the following verse:
Jaha daya taha dharm hai
jaha lobh taha paap
Jahan krodh taha kaal hai
 jaha Kshama waha aap.

HE says where there is kindness, there is righteousness and where there is greed there is sin. Where there is anger there is destruction but where there is forgiveness there is godliness.

THE viselike grip of the kashayas causes tremendous suffocation and forces people to look for ways to seek freedom. A burning desire for freedom is particularly evident in the people of India. This is because their kashayas have reached the peak, according to Holistic Scientist, A. M. Patel. Like ripe mangoes they are ready for a spiritual harvest.

HOW can we gain freedom from the kashayas? Certainly not by identifying with our ego because ego is a fertile ground for perpetuating the kashayas. Holistic science says that the freedom can be achieved by realizing our self.  Once the self is realized through the grace of a Gnani (an enlightened person), the ego is dissolved. One becomes a knower and a seer. A seer is a detached observer of the goings-on and hence is free from kashayas. The role of seer is akin to a person watching a movie. The events in the movie are unfolding before the person’s eyes but he is not an active participant in those events. So they have no impact on him.

THE spiritual Hindu text Bhagavad Gita alludes to this in Chapter 18, verse 61.
isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese ‘rjuna tisthtati
bhramayan sarva-bhutani yantrarudhani mayaya

Translation: God, O Arjuna, dwells in the heart of every being and by His delusive mystery whirls them all (as they set on a machine).

ACCORDING to this verse, the deluded people identify themselves with their egos and dance to the tune of Prakriti (one’s physical and mental being). They are under the wicked spell of the kashayas. On the other hand, those that are firmly established in their self (i.e. self-realized) make Prakriti dance to their tune and are free from the bondage of the kashayas.

THE cause of all suffering is the ignorance that makes us identify with our egos. Once this ignorance is removed, we are set free from the bondage of the kashayas.

- Manish Shah