The life we live, which we take for granted, is mysterious. In one sense, everything is equal, all living things and non-living things. Everything is born, lives and dies. This is universal, whether we think of a computer or a human being.In another sense, everything is unequal. A Dell Computer, a Sony Computer, a person living in a village near Chennai, Warren Buffett. The elements which make up anything are the same but the value is vastly different. For example a painting done by Picasso is worth a lot more than a fake of the same.The world we live in encourages this inequality, in a way, by wanting you to be better than another, to beat another, to succeed while others fail. It is a me-win, you-lose attitude rather than me-win-you-win and we are equal winners attitude. At the same time the Constitution preaches equality while doing nothing to achieve that. The seers who understand the equality of everything are the people who are calm and mindful, there are others who use this inequality to make the world more equal…like Buffett and Gates, probably…others who strive to give the less fortunate all that they can and most, like us, who are so much concerned about the self, the family, the state and country…all in an unequal way.We want our kids to go to the best schools( as if there was one), have the best education( as if there was one) and the best jobs(as if there was one). Looking at this way clearly shows the foolish way we go about life. But still we do, as our lives are not governed by internal yardsticks, but by external ones. When we really change, we shall be as the Gita says:
For one who has conquered the mind, the Supersoul is already reached, for he has attained tranquillity. To such a man happiness and distress, heat and cold, honor and dishonor are all the same.A person is said to be established in self-realization and is called a yogī [or mystic] when he is fully satisfied by virtue of acquired knowledge and realization. Such a person is situated in transcendence and is self-controlled. He sees everything — whether it be pebbles, stones or gold — as the same.A person is considered still further advanced when he regards honest well-wishers, affectionate benefactors, the neutral, mediators, the envious, friends and enemies, the pious and the sinners all with an equal mind.One who neither rejoices nor grieves, who neither laments nor desires, and who renounces both auspicious and inauspicious things — such a devotee is very dear to Me.One who is equal to friends and enemies, who is equipoised in honor and dishonor, heat and cold, happiness and distress, fame and infamy, who is always free from contaminating association, always silent and satisfied with anything, who doesn’t care for any residence, who is fixed in knowledge and who is engaged in devotional service — such a person is very dear to Me.
How difficult? How much we are attached to the ego? Why am I not able to live like this? What prevents me? Why am I so engrossed with the things of this world when they are so transient?
The real answer is that we want this….happiness mixed with sadness, the toys of the world, fame, status and power rather than the Divine… and we lose all of this at death, which has so far happened to everyone who has lived.