AFFECTION AND ATTACHMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL JOYS AND SORROWS

Moha expresses itself in desiring things. Desires go on multiplying. Moha may be compared to the water that is found in a lake.

I will now give an example. There is a girl in one house. There is a young man in another house. Their houses are almost side-by-side. But the girl does not know anything about the young man, and the young man does not know anything about the girl living in the neighboring house. One day, the girl, fell seriously ill. That day all the people in the house were hectic and they were all anxious and several doctors were called in. When the boy in the neighboring house heard the noise, he thought it was a disturbance to his studies, and, therefore, he closed his windows and started reading. But in the course of time, as a result of destiny, this boy who was living in that house got married to that girl in the neighboring house. The marriage took place in the morning. In the afternoon that girl developed a stomachache and this bridegroom felt very anxious for the girl and her stomachache. Where and when had he developed this attachment to the girl? Because he got married to her, even a little stomachache upsets him now. Though the same girl felt dangerously ill some time ago, he did not feel even the slightest anxiety for her because at that time there was no attachment or relationship with the girl. So, abhimana and mamakara, affection and attachment are responsible for all joys and sorrows.