Acharya Prashant: Two excerpts are with us.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”
“Prosperity, pleasure, pious deeds. Enough! In the dreary forest of the world, the mind finds no rest.”
(CHAPTER 10: VERSE 7)
The questioner says that he is astounded at the commonality between Jesus and Ashtavakra and asks why are both saying that engaging in the world will not be a way to peace. What does it mean to engage in the world?
The world is a tricky thing. The world has to be understood.
The world has utility but the world is not the end.
One uses it.
Ever seen a man swimming? What is he doing? Why is he swimming at all? He is crossing a river. Man is swimming. Man is crossing the river. Why is he crossing the waters? Because if he doesn’t cross the waters, he will drown in the waters. If he doesn’t cross the waters or the river, he will drown in the river.
And what is he doing to cross the water? He is using the waters themselves.