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Change and the resistance to change

Resistance to change is natural to human beings. So ingrained and assertive is this resistance to change that one can conclude it to be a law of nature. It is in the DNA of human beings to resist change, either consciously or subconsciously. However, it is also as much a law of nature that change has to happen. Resistance to change and change both exist and will always exist.

Change happens despite the resistance to change. One either seeks to prevent change or gets adapted to change. Is it not the resistance to change that makes us fear death? Is it not this same resistance which makes us form a comfort zone around ourselves and confines us to that cocoon? However, death has to happen and our comfort zone will have to get broken either sooner or later. Some changes like death etc cannot be prevented and one has to get adapted to it.

Is not an investigation on this topic fruitless then? If both resistance to change as well as change are bound to happen, being natural phenomena, then why to worry about that? Let us live as it happens. Resist change when change takes place, and if unable to succeed in prevention of change, get adapted to it. This is what we have been doing for so long and this alone should be the finding of this investigation. If you can’t preevnt change and can’t adapt to change, then languish in the emotional hell, that is your fate and that is your destiny. Simple!

No, comes the emphatic answer from Shruti. That is not the way to live life. That’s the life of a beast, not caplable of rational thinking. For human beings, bestowed with the faculty of intellect, this manner of living life is not natural. Keen thinking reveals such manner of living life as an aberration from the natural equilibrium state of life.

Ok. So what does the Shruti say? Let us take a clue from Science. Analyze each and everything before you and you will conclude that this entire diverse universe is nothing but only space and energy. Only different permutations and combinations of energy IN space results in this puzzling universe of myriad diversity. It is baffling but true nonetheless. Shruti goes a step further and says EVERYTHING including space is only one entity, the Brahman. That space and energy are nothing but Brahman. This entire myriad plural diverse manifestation is nothing but Brahman. And therefore, where is the change? And if there is no change, where is the resistance of change? Understand each and everything to be nothing but one Brahman just as the entire diverse plurality of your dream was nothing but one single entity, your own mind. That the change and resistance to change of waking world are as pointless as that of dream world; not because these too are illusory but because there is nothing like diversity.

Shruti states this in this beatiful verse of Ishavasya:-

यस्मिन् सर्वाणि भूतानि आत्मैवाभूद्विजानत:। तत्र को मोह: क: शोक एकत्वमनुपश्यत:॥

Thus, understand the pointlessness of change and resistance to change and live the life in an appropriate manner, states Shruti!

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