What separates a billionaire from a beggar? Wealth. Yes, that’s the first cut. But at a more subliminal level, what makes a billionaire bigger than a beggar is the fact that the billionaire doesn’t need anything from the beggar, nor does he want to become a beggar. On the other hand, a beggar wants everything that the billionaire has and wants to become a billionaire. Since the beggar wants to become a billionaire, the beggar invariably makes the billionaire bigger and larger than life.
The keyword here is ‘Desire’. It is this desire to become someone that makes ‘that someone’ bigger or more important than us.
Two men who do not need anything from each other are absolutely equal. So what makes us smaller is our desire to be someone who we think we are not – wealthier, more powerful, more famous, more beautiful and so on. Now flip that point around – if we accept who we are and release our desire to be someone else, then we are already equal, we are not smaller and hence ‘that someone’ is not bigger.
Now, a lot of us harbour a desire to be God. What if we recognize our own Godliness and drop that desire as well. Then we instantly become equal with God, because we don’t want to be Him, nor do we need anything from Him.
When that desirelessness arises from an understanding of our ‘completeness’, we allow the universe to operate through us by a desireless acceptance of His will as our will. So we become a fantastic filterless channel for manifesting the divine, through us.
Unflinching desirelessness is an instant power unlike any other. But a truly desireless person will not care for that too, because seeking power through desirelessness is again a desire.
It is through such absolute desirelessness that a nearly illiterate paanwala simpleton had attained enlightenment in just three years. His name was Nisargadutta Maharaj.