By Swami Harshananda
Vairāgya literally means ‘absence of attachment’.
Vairāgya or absence of attachment or renunciation is the second of the four sādhanas listed under ‘sādhanacatuṣtaya’. It is a natural consequence of viveka or discrimination. It pertains to all objects of pleasure, whether of this world or of the next. The highest state of vairāgya is that in which the mind is absolutely undisturbed even though an object of temptation is near at hand and can easily be enjoyed.
- Yogasutras 1.15
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore