Namaskaar. We continue with the brilliant explanation of Artha, Kama, Moksha by Pujya Swami Dayananda who has systematically set it all out for us in plain, simple language. In the very beginning of this part, Pujya Swamiji introduces a strange word ‘Gagabugan’ which he uses so often but which we will not find in any language dictionary….. simple because such a word doesn’t exist at all!! Its his jovial way of explaining Zero, Zilch, Nothingness, Fantasy or whatever…. as I see and understand it 🙂
WHY DO I SEEK OUT SECURITIES AND PLEASURES?
Is kama for its own sake? Is it for the sake of pleasure? Is it just for fun? If so, then with it or without it, you are the same. You go for it just because you go for it. In other words, it is nothing more than a fancy. But is this really the case? Are artha and kama, which we are seeking in life, for their own sake or are they for myself? The Veda says that every object of my desire is for my sake alone – atmanastu kamaya sarvam priyam bhavati.’
We only desire that which we know. No one can desire an object that is unknown to him or her. None of you has a desire for ‘Gagabugan,’ for instance. An unknown Gagabugan cannot be an object of desire. In fact, there is no such thing as Gagabugan. No amount of coaxing will cause you to get into your car and go to buy Gagabugan. But, you always have a reason for getting into your car. Some desire is always being fulfilled. Thus, an unknown object does not become an object of desire.