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Attachment (Parigraha) leads to depression

Attachment (Parigraha) leads to depression

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Aparigraha means not accumulating or taking in excess, and renouncing anything beyond what is needed. It entails refraining from attachment to objects or possessions, and Indian philosophers have assigned significant importance to this concept. They believe that an increase in thoughts and feelings leads to greater depression and mental instability.

Aparigraha means breaking from any attachment to objects, people, happiness, or sorrow. Possessiveness, whether related to emotional attachment to a person or property, leads to depression when one is unable to cope after separation from something or someone. Although many are engaged in the competition to earn more money, wealth, and success, failure can lead to depression.

In Jainism, Aparigraha is to detach oneself from all worldly things. If we feel sad after losing something or someone we are attached to, this attachment is the cause of sorrow, depression, and disease. The true meaning of Aparigraha cannot simply be understood as not accumulating more than what is necessary. Possessiveness of what we have leads to sadness after loss, and this cannot be the true meaning of Aparigraha.

According to the writer, being tied to feelings and thoughts is also a form of possessiveness that damages the brain and causes internal conflict, leading to depression. Aparigraha also rids oneself of overwhelming feelings.


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