A worldly lifestyle, seeking pleasure, wealth, fame, and material comforts, will inevitably distract one from pursuing detachment from this materialistic world. Detachment from the world can be achieved even by living an outwardly ordinary life yet without attachment to its prevailing values.
Vimalakirti was a saint, a pure soul who served ancient Buddhas.He wore the white clothes of a layman, yet lived impeccably like a religious devotee. He lived at home, but remained aloof from the realm of desire, the realm of pure matter. He had a son, a wife, and female attendants, yet always maintained continence. He appeared to be surrounded by servants, yet lived in solitude.
He appeared to be adorned with ornaments, yet always was endowed with the auspicious signs and marks.
He seemed to eat and drink, yet always took nourishment from the taste of meditation. He made his appearance at the fields of sports and in the casinos, but his aim was always to mature those people who were attached to games and gambling. He mixed in all crowds, yet was respected as foremost of all....
He engaged in all sorts of businesses, yet had no interest in profit or possessions......

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  1. WOW!!! That guy really deserved to be called a saint since he doesn't let his surrounding change or affect him. He stays the same in his core. I guess meditation is the key, then. Getting in touch with God and ourselves helps us focus on what's the most important things in life instead of being carried away by life's currents.

  2. Amel's Realm,I fully agree with your truthful words:
    '....Getting in touch with God and ourselves helps us focus on what's the most important things in life instead of being carried away by life's currents....'
    By adding your most insightful thoughts,you have made my post more meaningful. Thanks and good luck.

  3. I really believe that the moment you stop wanting for things and craving for them they automatically come to you. One must empty themselves...

  4. Yes, I do agree with you. The moment we stop running after the outside world,we turn ourselves to our inner world, where the ultimate peace lies.
    Thanks Random Magus, for sharing your views.Good luck.

  5. He had the perfect kind of approach towards worldly things - staying in touch yet not being dragged into it. We should not pursue wealth recklessly. Money is not the be-all and end-all of life.

  6. Great words of wisdom:
    ...'Money is not the be-all and end-all of life....'
    Thanks Amritbir Kaur, for sharing your valuable views. Good luck.

  7. Hi Surjit
    Indeed, we have to learn to be detached from the world belonging!

    The bible also tells us that in 1 John 2:15-17
    "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever."

    Blessings to you, Surjit
    Let's Acquire Wisdom and Live with Passion

  8. Yes Sam Chan, the message in the Holy Bible is very clear. But still many of us go astray and run after the temporary world.
    Thanks for sharing your views.
    God bless you.

  9. Its not always easy to remain detached, especially with the media and ones friends always seeming to want to steer you in a materialistic way.Its amazing how Vimalakirti was able to be of the world...mingle and be a part of everything, while remaining detached from it all.Something to strive for and a very positive message.Surjit, thank you, and enjoy the weekend ! :)

  10. hi surjit very inspiring post
    He engaged in all sorts of businesses, yet had no interest in profit or possessions

    thats amazing its a good example we should atleast try to do the same

    thx for that post
    have a great weekend

  11. Yes Jesse, the example is worth to be pondered over and put to practice.
    Thanks for your noble views. Good luck. Have a nice week end.

  12. I fully agree with you, Lilifxt. We must try to put his example into practice and enjoy the fruits of detachment.
    My best wishes. Have a great weekend.

  13. There are teachers who withdraw from the distractions of material things, and we must go to them to learn... and there are teachers who walk among us, so that we can be found. Both are righteous paths.

  14. Surjit, this is a refreshingly beautiful and spirtual blog in the midst of a million more mudane ones. I will return often. It is a peaceful and uplifting place to find my centre. Thank you for the gift of this place.

  15. Josie Two Shoes,
    I fully agree with your insightful words:
    '....and there are teachers who walk among us, so that we can be found. Both are righteous paths...'
    Thanks for sharing your valuable views. My best wishes.

  16. Josie Two Shoes,
    Thanks for your nice and motivating words about my blog. Your frequent visits will inspire me more.
    My best wishes. Have a nice week end.

  17. Hi Surjit, thank you for the posts. I am grateful for them.

    I take this as an ideal situation, where the high moral pedestal of such a person is for us as an aim; where our aspirations will be to achieve such a level where we 'clear ourselves out' and stay the similar person in our very basic core, unmotivated by the very materialist pleasures of this life.

    Thank you

  18. Mr Fong, I agree that this is an ideal situation. But people who know the reality of this temporary world do achieve this ideal sitation.
    Thanks for adding your meanigful views to my post.
    Good luck.