Quotes about non-attachment

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“The root of suffering is attachment.”

– The Buddha

“You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself – without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat.”

– Bhagavad Gita

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.”

― Matthew 6:2-4

“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”

– Rumi

“Have the feeling of personal non-attachment with regard to man, and see how this mighty feeling of love is working itself out in the world.”

– Swami Vivekananda

“Non-attachment is the freedom of real love.”

― Sri Chinmoy

“By non-attachment, you overcome and deny the power of anything to act upon you. It is very easy to say that nothing has the right to act upon you until you allow it to do so; but what is the true sign of the man who really does not allow anything to work upon him, who is neither happy nor unhappy when acted upon by the external world? The sign is that good or ill fortune causes no change in his mind: in all conditions he continues to remain the same.”

– Swami Vivekananda

“Non-attachment is not indifference. When you are indifferent, you don’t look at a person. You are walking along the street and somebody is dying of thirst, but you will not look at him. If you are non-attached, your inner being will compel you to give him a glass of water. But if he doesn’t drink it, you will not feel sad or angry.”

– Sri Chinmoy

“If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“Be aware of the ephemeral nature of material things. Lose your attachment to them.”

― Shui-ch’ing Tzu

“The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better only God knows.”

― Socrates

“Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“If you purify your soul of attachment to and desire for things, you will understand them spiritually. If you deny your appetite for them, you will enjoy their truth, understanding what is certain in them.”

― St. John of the Cross

“Pray to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day.”

― Sri Ramakrishna

“By non-attachment, you overcome and deny the power of anything to act upon you. It is very easy to say that nothing has the right to act upon you until you allow it to do so; but what is the true sign of the man who really does not allow anything to work upon him, who is neither happy nor unhappy when acted upon by the external world? The sign is that good or ill fortune causes no change in his mind: in all conditions he continues to remain the same.”

– Swami Vivekananda

“Non-attachment is an illumining and liberating force. Attachment is a binding and blinding force. Attachment-teacher tells us that we need everything in God’s creation. Non-attachment-teacher tells us that there is nothing on earth worth having.”

– Sri Chinmoy

“My son, do not cry for things that are transitory. The body came, the body left; but the soul remains eternally. If you pray and meditate, you will see the soul of your wife everywhere. You have all along been attached to the body. Now you should be attached to the soul. When one is attached to the soul, it is not actually attachment; it is devotedness.”

– Sri Chinmoy, from story about Swami Nigamananda, Attachment-cry versus oneness-sky

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