Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Bhagavad Gita Talks 18



The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.  


Thought4TheDay (11.10.2017) 

Yesterday, we had seen that according to The Bhagavad Gita the three inherent Gunas or tendencies that determine our actions are: satava, Rajas & tamas. We had also observed how ea ch of these manifests itself in our activities. The first thing that we must do is to understand that at any moment which of these three gunas it tendencies are dominant. Tamas should not be allowed to become me prominent in any case.
Our goals, when these are to achieve some worldly possessions will require conscious, committed actions which we must perform as a duty if we seriously want to achieve our goals. Since these gunas or tendencies are never mutually exclusive, we need to ensure that along with our commitment to following the plan of action, we need to take care that the attributes of satava are always present in our hard-work for any achievement. 

Our realistic goals will also give us satisfaction in the highly competitive world today; satisfaction of working for the growing needs of our family members. Besides, they r more likely to adopt our path and the togetherness will bring peace in the family. In any case, materialistic goals should never be allowed to turn into greed.

Thought4TheDay (10.10.2017) 

According to The Bhagavad Gita, our actions are triggered and happen due to three categories of the 'gunas' or inherant tendencies. These tendencies and their attributes are as under: 

1. Satava which augments quest for knowledge. One starts pursuit of understanding life, accepting as it is. Wisdom is gained to devote time and effort to do our duty for the growth and progress of society. One is happy with himself/herself and lives a significant life peacefully. 

2. Rajas makes one ambitious. Such endeavors are undertaken which may win worldly possessions, power and reputation. One wants to dominate others, and become an authority. Hyper activity, being in a hurry pervades the life. Excitement over achievements and anguish over failures rule life. 

3. Tamas makes one lazy, inactive and inert. He/she loses interest in life and languish listlessly; loss of any initiative, wasteful activities come to the fore. The person procrastinates on everything. It's almost getting into hibernation without any need and/or possible benefits. In short, one loses self-esteem altogether and becomes good for nothing. (to be continued)

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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 17



The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay
These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.  

Thought4TheDay (09.10.2017) 


The dialogue between the Lord Almighty, Krishna, and Arjuna sets an example of perfect communication. Krishna tries to explain meaning of life, importance of understanding one's duty and devotedly performing the same in simple language. However, due to complexity of the subject, Arjuna is not able to grasp and assimilate many things. In such situations, even knowing fully well that Krishna is God Almighty, Arjuna questions the Ideas propounded by the Lord. He does not accept everything without understanding, without talking about his personal difficulties in respect of views, advice or direction. 

Their frank and free dialogue teaches us the importance of assertiveness. Assertiveness, among other things, also means that never say 'yes' if you need or want to say 'no'. But we must know how to say 'no'. By and large people hesitate in doing so. The result is that either they slog and suffer or they prove themselves to be unreliable. Lack of ability to be assertive on the part of the employees and unclear and poor communications cause immense loss to the organisations. At home this inadequacy plays havoc in the family relationships.

Thought4The Day (08.10.2017) 



Lord Krishna said, "I had imparted knowledge about the traditional yoga to the sun Lord Surya. He had communicated the same to his son Vivasvan Manu who in turn taught the same to his son Ikshvaku".

 " In this manner descending from the old traditions, this yoga became known to the kings and the saints. But after that, for a long time, this yoga had gone to the oblivion and vanished from the earth.....you are my disciple, my devotee and my dear friend. Therefore, I have explained the yoga (knowledge) to you." 

Arjun asked the Lord how is it possible when He is born now, whereas Surya was born ages ago. Then, Lord Krishna explains about the repetitive births of the soul and that while He remembers, Arjuna does not, as the later is an ordinary human being."
We observe that Arjuna asks Lord the Almighty anything that he doesn't understand without any hesitation. But, today, we commoners hesitate to ask questions to the Gurus and our bosses even when we do not understand. This results in fallacious knowledge and the consequent avoidable problems.

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Bhagavad Gita Talks 16



The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.  

Thought4TheDay (07.10.2017) 

In literature, verisimilitude denotes semblance of reality. Great authors are adept in creating verisimilitude to heighten the effect of storytelling. 

The fact is that this reality itself is an illusion- maya created by the Almighty. In this illusory world, people become bound by this maya. They keep on playing their roles without realising what they are up to, without stopping to think, who am I, what I am doing or what is my goal. 

Therefore, knowledge is given such an elevated status. Knowledge enables you to see through this maya. Knowledge brings the realisation that accumulating worldly possessions is of little gain if the person has to trade his personal peace to achieve these. 

The knowledgeable know this deeply. He/she carries out their duty in an unattached fashion and lives life accordingly. But the knowledgeable is advised by the Almighty Himself not to disrupt people of lesser wisdom who remain engaged in performance of their duty for material gains. 

Nevertheless, they too contribute to the growth of human society, humanity at large.

Thought4TheDay (06.10.2017) 

There are certain wrong impressions about the core message of The Bhagavad Gita. It's often believed that according to the great book of knowledge an individual has the obligation to perform his duty. But he or she has no right over the fruit or the result of their efforts. It's a myth. When you perform your duty wholeheartedly, the results are bound to be good, and these are all yours. The core message of The Bhagavad Gita is that we should not be attached with the results. We should not keep on looking at the desired fruits of our efforts. 

Things don't happen the way we have planned. When we keep expecting the fruit or fulfilling of the personal interests, the quality of our efforts will be affected. In fact, that is shortsightedness. It leads to, or is the root cause of corruption. We start taking shortcuts. We want to become rich overnight. One thing leads to another. Greed grows. The final result is disastrous. 

Making efforts as your duty demands, without attachment, would mean that we remain unperturbed because of the on the job rebuffs. We will keep following the right path. Achievement will surely come in proper time. So, a feeling that we have no right over the fruits of efforts is fallacious.

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

The Bhagavad Gita Talks 15



The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.  

Thought4TheDay (05.10.2017) 



The knowledgeable and the wise understands that our significance in this life is best served if we serve the Almighty, the Super soul incorporating the entire humanity selflessly. This service is the greatest form of worship. No rituals are required for the service of mankind. All that is needed is performance of one's duty which is dedicated to the upliftment of those who are suffering and who need help. Some people, who strive to work hard to get the rewards of their efforts in achieving what they want in the form of worldly possessions, they get them. But these are transient, perishable, because all these are left behind when we depart and leave this body. 

The wise does not get attached. All achievement are made for the progress of society. There is no doubt that nothing worthwhile is achieved without contributions from the other members of the society. 

The worst is suffered by the person of tamasik nature, when the person hates to work. Laziness, procrastination and indecision leading to inaction produce guilt in the mind and the concerned one suffers. 

" Duty first, always in mind, greater joy you will never find."

Thought4TheDay (04.10.2017) 

Lord Krishna says, "Hidden amidst My yoga maya (illusion), I am not visible to everyone. Therefore, ordinary people are not in a position to realise My presence everywhere. I am birth less and immortal unlike common human beings". "Whoever has lived and whatever has happened in the past, I know it all. I know about the present and the future. But whoever is not My true devotee will never understand Me, realise Me". 

"Born out of desire and envy, people get pleasure or pain. These are the ones who are enamoured by My maya and remain in their own ignorant world. They are not the seekers of truth. They remain devoid of knowledge". 

Quest for knowledge is the first step towards self realisation. Who am I? What am I doing? what is my significance? What is the purpose of my life? When you contemplate on these pertinent perennial questions, your anxiety, worry or stress of any kind is bound to vanish. You start understanding life. You realise that life does not offer poetic justice. You start accepting life as it is and become a person at peace with self.

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Bhagavad Gita Talks 14



The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding. 

Thought4TheDay (03.10.2017) 



The persons whose wisdom is captured by the desire to own the worldly possessions, motivated by their dominant attributes, start worshiping deities. The Lord Almighty helps in them to strengthen their belief and make them more focused in their objectives. Thus a person with faith is never a loser. In fact, someone who lacks faith, who also lacks in self belief, is the one who has lost path and is not even able to pursue his own goals. 

Faith helps to shape your actions. Self belief gives you the confidence that you are able to achieve what you desire. That motivates you to be consistent in your approach. But if you lack faith, you are bound to lose your path. Instead of building your self esteem by trying your best to reach your goal, you get distracted and in such a situation, it is not possible to persevere in your efforts. Therefore, you are not able to achieve what you want; your efforts are wasted. 

Faith in God and self belief followed by consistent hard work constitute the necessary ingredients of your achievement, your success.

Thought4TheDay (02.10.2017) 

 
There are four types of devotees: 1. Those who worship God with a desire to achieve material, worldly objects. 2. Those who are in dire difficulties and want to come out of these. 3. Those who have quest for knowledge. 4. And the wise. 

Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that all the four types of devotees are dear to Him. But the wise or the knowledgeable is most loveable because such an individual is, in fact, His own reflection, who has merged in Him, realised Him. 

The individual who finds God in everything around is always at peace with self. There is no stress, no worry, no difficulty, even no calamity that can disturb mental stability and peace of such an individual. No doubt, it is rare to find such a sacred soul. 

At the same time, we observe that response of everyone is not the same to the dreadful circumstances. Life is like an ocean: sometimes calm and peaceful, but at other times, it may turn violent and full of fury. But for the knowledgeable that is life, different facets, a constant battle between the good and the evil, a unique creation which is our reality.

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