Gorakhnath – In Gita Verse 4.20 Abandoning all attachment to the results of his activities, ever satisﬁed and independent, he performs no fruitive action, although engaged in all kinds of undertakings.
Krishna’s words we will understand by teaching of Gorakhnath.
He releases his embrace and shatters illusion… Gradually drop attachment, infatuation, greed, because whatever you are holding onto outside will be taken away by death.
In a very simple words Gorakhnath says that to drop or come out of attachments is only way to know that our attachments are illusion. So it is better to release them, which is your death. Death is not of the body but when we live with the attachments that is death. Our attachments are maya. When religion says that world is maya we have taken it literally that world is maya, they only says that the our attachments for the objective world is maya.
Once you understand through your knowing that our attachment is our death, our greed, infatuation, everything will be gone with death. In Buddha’s word with this knowing immediately you will be in middle. You will eat but only to survive the body not for taste, in that process you will enjoy the taste but you will not overeat. According to Krishna this act is ‘he performs no fruitive action, although engaged in all kinds of undertakings.”
If you let go on your own before death takes it away from you, you are immensely rewarded, you are blessed. Death never comes again to one who leaves everything behind before death comes. Then you have nothing which death can take away; you have dropped everything on your own. This is called sannyas, renunciation.
Dropping does not mean escaping; someone who runs away is still holding on. This is why he runs away, otherwise why should he run away? If somebody leaves his wife and escapes to the forest it only means that he is attached to his wife. Otherwise what is the fear, what is he scared of?
If things can be dropped right where you are. The idea of running away is a mistaken idea. Running away is cowardice. Letting go does not happen through running away, it happens through waking up. Just look with awareness. Slowly, slowly become conscious and you will find that, in the light of your awareness, that which is worthless looks worthless, and whatever is seen as worthless you won’t be able to hang on to, your embrace will be released.
According to Gorakhnath – He releases his embrace and shatters illusion: Vishnu the sustainer washes his feet.
The great god Vishnu comes to massage his feet. Daring statements! The person who was able to say this was certainly a man of courage. Someone who makes Vishnu massage people’s feet has some daring, some courage. He is no ordinary man.
Die, O yogi, die! Die, sweet is this dying. Die this death that Gorakh embraced and awakened. In love one has to die. Love is death. And someone who dies attains to the eternal, to the immortal.
Gorakh is very simple man with his own extraordinary understanding. When you drop your attachments, which is illusion, you have become very ordinary person with extraordinary understanding, one who has achieve this understanding for him even the God Vishnu comes to massage his feet and he will not resist as he has dropped his attachments for the God also.
He is not saying to strengthen your ego his words only says what Zen says – when you eat – eat, when you walk – walk, when you sleep – sleep. As I have mentioned in my this blog you will be in middle, you will eat but not for the taste but for the requirement of body, in the process you will enjoy the taste but because of taste you will not overeat.
Krishna tells Arjuna to dropped all your attachments including for yourself and then you will performs no fruitive action, although engaged in all kinds of undertakings.