Ekaanth: The Power of Solitude

Mahesh Prabhu

Mahesh Prabhu

Udupi Mahesh Prabhu is a seasoned media, management & political consultant. He is a Founder and Chairman of Vedic Management Center and Vivaswaan. A fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, London (UK) and member of the International Federation of Journalists(USA), he also holds a Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing. For more info visit www.indiamahesh.com

Since time immemorial people have often feared isolation. Nobody likes to live isolated and, therefore, seeks the constant company of people. Solitude is synonymous with loneliness – a lack of feeling that something is missing, a pain, a depression, a need, an incompleteness, an absence. They relate isolation to pitch darkness – a state of disconcerting.

Given this, it’s hard for many to believe that isolation can also be strength – an idea of presence, fullness, aliveness, the joy of being, overflowing through the realization of the truth that you are complete in yourself and that nobody is needed to complete you, and that for you-you yourself are enough.

Krishna, in Bhagavad-Gita, professes isolation as an essential characteristic of wise who continually seek supreme wisdom. Such seekers of wisdom constantly live in solace and are detached from the general mass of people. They see social isolation not as a threat but as an opportunity for it provides them with a chance to analyze, contemplate, and meditate for better solutions for a greater good.

Krishna, in Bhagavad-Gita, professes isolation as an essential characteristic of wise who continually seek supreme wisdom. Such seekers of wisdom constantly live in solace and are detached from the general mass of people. They see social isolation not as a threat but as an opportunity for it provides them with a chance to analyze, contemplate and meditate for better solutions for a greater good.

What people often forget is that even people can make them lonely. Therefore, various Vedic scriptures suggest, one should learn to establish a friendship with one’s self through Ekaanth, and then there’s no way for himself to feel lonely.

Krishna also suggests that through Ekaant (Isolation) “An individual can elevate oneself by ones’ mind. The mind is the friend of the wise, and enemy of unwise.” And “For him who has conquered his mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his very mind will be the greatest enemy.”

Krishna also suggests that through Ekaant (Isolation) “An individual can elevate oneself by ones’ mind. The mind is the friend of the wise, and enemy of unwise.” And “For him who has conquered his mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his very mind will be the greatest enemy.”

The mind is significant. It shapes not just the life of individuals but also of the society around him and, at times, even the world; this is truer with leaders. Leaders who seek to conquer the world without conquering their minds often end up becoming despots and, eventually, cause their destruction. History can testify to this fact.

Bhagavad-Gita puts this in a much better perspective “An individual with the untamed mind while seeking his object of desire, develops an attachment to the sense object. From this attachment greed is born; from greed comes anger. From anger comes delusion, from delusion, comes bewilderment of memory. The bewilderment of memory affects decision making and through unwise decision comes certain destruction.”  However, “he who has controlled his senses and mind, being free of attachments and desire as well as aversion attains wisdom and attains a state of perpetual bliss.”

Ekaanth – or isolation – is a power which enables us to see how steady is our mind. A mind is not stable if it is agitated if it feels lonely and longs for the company. Extreme desire for social acceptance is among the various social problems of our society. People, who are perturbed when they don’t get adequate appreciation from people or publicity are indeed the ones with the unsteady mind. For these unstable minds the only way to live is to seek a way to find social acceptance – appreciation from their loved ones, citations from their superiors, testimonies from their peers, publicity in the media, and awards from the organizations. It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that these people are often troubled, souls. And when they assume the position of power the situation can be even more troubling.

Ekaanth – or isolation – is a power which enables us to see how steady is our mind. A mind is not stable if it is agitated if it feels lonely and longs for the company. Extreme desire for social acceptance is among the various social problems of our society. People, who are perturbed when they don’t get adequate appreciation from people or publicity are indeed the ones with the unsteady mind. For these unstable minds the only way to live is to seek a way to find social acceptance – appreciation from their loved ones, citations from their superiors, testimonies from their peers, publicity in the media and awards from the organizations. It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that these people are often troubled, souls. And when they assume the position of power the situation can be even more troubling.

By being with ourselves in isolation, we find, through contemplation and meditation, that which is quintessential for our progress – peace. If you have trouble with solitude, it’s apparent that you have trouble with yourself. Somewhere, deep within you’re not at peace and, worse, maybe even at war with yourself. If you seek to work to make the world a better place; you’ve to be peaceful within. It’s only with the light from our inner self that we can enlighten the world.

6 responses on "Ekaanth: The Power of Solitude"

  1. Enjoyed your article – thank you.

  2. Loneliness is to be distinguished from Aloneness. Aloneness is All Oneness

  3. How to control the mind which runs like a horse to different places. Have tried meditation but unable to do after few minutes. When you are not economically stable how to be calm and compose. Plz explain.

    • Namaste Chandradhar Upadhyay,

      People often have an unsteady mind because they think they can be happy only after having something – money, love, relationships etc – since they focus on that which they don’t have – they are unhappy. The secret is in understanding the Truth that Happiness is a state of mind. If you are happy, your mind will find and accomplish almost anything and everything. So, first be happy, then meditate and you will accomplish all that you desire.

      Hope this helps.

      Pranam,
      Mahesh Prabhu

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