The target audience of the above said are everybody and anybody. Age is just a number, at least when it comes to them. I always wonder if we give “love” all the credit while at the backstage the ones pulling the show called “love” are really these 2 stars.
They have worked their magic on each one of us. Why do you think your first love never fades away? Why do you think Radha is more adored than Rukmini or any other wives of Krishna?
Why do you think something that can never be yours looks more exciting than the one that you already own? In fact the one in your possession may be someone’s impossible desire. Funny, isn’t it?
We are constantly in the lookout for something to keep us going through this short life. The newness and impossible doesn’t just excite you but it does the same to everybody here. It’s not just your secret anymore and with that, you can now look at your options to either living it or to leaving it.
It’s out in the open so choose whether to flow with it or to sit silently on the shore and watch the sport. Or you can do both, watch and enjoy the sport but in this case you will know when to stop.
C’mon, don’t drag yourself through this life. If you believe Krishna to be your Guru- Live it well yet know this Whole is Him..And more importantly, Know that You are Him.
On the eve of Krishnashtami, let us know that he doesn’t exist away or differently from us. He is Us and We are Him. To remember this, always keep in mind this verse 24 from chapter 4. Although each verse in Gita is pointing us to remember that there is only One and not Many, yet this is my personal fav 🙂
Brahmarpanam brahma havir brahmagnau brahmana hutam Brahmaiva tena gantavyam brahma-karma-samadhina//4.24
We don’t see what a humbug we are. We talk at great lengths of how to be caring and all but within we all know that we are too Self-Absorbed, even if we are helpless at that.
Yeah, I agree that many would have lived or are living their lives pretending that they are not. And sadly, few would have done living without even taking a sneak peek into their deepest personality. But if you do then you know it doesn’t come easily to shift the mind from your story telling to others.
Oh, the Mind browbeats your every act, emotion, or for that matter, every thought: The mind is busy looking after you, watching you to stay sane – keeping you within the societal boundaries that you are allowed to experiment. Always ensuring you wear your mask even before your so-called close-knit. Often, reminding you that if you got to survive here then you have to keep it together. It prompts you that every other living or a thing here is only adding to your story and only YOUR’s is the only one to be Protected or to be Told.
I know when the insides come out, it doesn’t look all romantic and nice but you cannot deny the workings of the mind. And strange it may seem, the more we are aware of this, the more we have to fight that natural state of the mind, and the more it resists.
Yet, it’s worth fighting for. In fact, every facet of our life is trying to teach us to let go off this very thing without us even noticing it.
As a child, when we ourselves are much like a kite without a string fighting the winds is when life decides to teach us to respect others’ perspective.
Marriage teaches us to share the space with the other individual yearning for expression(do it only if you want it to work 😉 )
Parenthood teaches us to let go of a once clinging child who now wishes to fly by himself
Old age teaches us to let go the healthy strong body that we once identified with.
So Nature does its thing to move the mind from its fixed self centered expression to a more inclusive one. But we should try ourselves to remedy it before Nature takes us to task because we know it is a tough master at that 🙂
Okay, before we end it, let’s look at what Bhagavad Gita says.
It says in chapter 6, verse 4 Mind is self centered because it is drawn invariably towards the sense objects by our senses. One either we can deviate it to another thing but it can come back easily so Gita prescribes to uplift the Mind by giving it something more serious and nondual, Existence.
Yoga-arudhah(elevate or establish in Yoga(not the yoga we know of 😉 )
nāsti buddhir-ayuktasya na chāyuktasya bhāvanā na chābhāvayataḥ śhāntir aśhāntasya kutaḥ sukham// 2,66
But an undisciplined person, who has not controlled the mind and senses, can neither have a resolute intellect nor steady contemplation on God. For one who never unites the mind with God there is no peace; and how can one who lacks peace be happy?
We might have heard this adage “You can do anything you set your mind to” but he observed this with all his heart, his entire life.
He pretty much experimented on everything before he imbibed anything into his life: food, diet, religion, morals, principles, God, ideals, celibacy- you name it.
But one aspect of his life was much frowned upon, his experiments with celibacy. 70 years have passed since he left his body yet the most talked about or published work today is this grey side of his life.
Is it really grey? All our lives are lived in this grey, isn’t it? Although we don’t want to admit it to ourselves or others but that is the truth. But I think he cared less of what others thought of him or his experiments.
It looked like he wanted to prove it to himself that he had that self-restraint necessary to control his body and mind. Although he realized the body-mind connect well.
śhaknotīhaiva yaḥ soḍhuṁ prāk śharīra-vimokṣhaṇāt kāma-krodhodbhavaṁ vegaṁ sa yuktaḥ sa sukhī naraḥ//5, 23
Those persons are yogis, who before giving up the body are able to WITHSTAND the forces of desire and anger; and they alone are happy
What do I admire about him?
He cared less about any titles that were bestowed upon him
He rejoiced when he overcame his weaknesses. He worked on himself.
He penned down most of his thoughts, wild or otherwise.
His book revealed an ordinary person with vices, who was bent upon converting them into virtues.
He stood as a role model for many, for his ideologies went through severe grilling.
He was not a Conformist. love, love that 🙂
What I failed to understand is this? (from his book and other works on him)
That why suppress an urge; restraint is fine and that too should come comfortably with understanding. (for example, it only becomes easy to handle a teenager when you have the knowledge of how it is to be one, right? With that knowledge you could take control )
Why was he bent upon making the body work against its mechanism? When we think of tamarind, our mouth salivate. It is a natural phenomena with all body fluids.
In attempts to suppress, he unknowingly gave it more room and energy. Overthinking can make them surface more often than not.( for example ‘don’t think about a pink elephant’ phenomena)
Why didn’t the idea “You are not the body but the Spirit” relieve him of his anguish. That every thought instills peace in a layman person as me. Maybe that is because I am playing it safe without taking any risks. Possible possible 😁
Bhagavad Gita on Ironic Rebound
Indriyāṇāṁ hi charatāṁ yan mano ’nuvidhīyate tadasya harati prajñāṁ vāyur nāvam ivāmbhasi//2, 67
Just as a strong wind sweeps a boat off its chartered course on the water, even one of the senses on which the mind focuses can lead the intellect astray.
However, like any other Indian, I am in complete awe of this man who let his heart lead his life. Who showed us how difficult yet necessary it is to restrain our worldly senses. Who successfully implemented concepts like ‘Ahimsa’ in utter chaotic situations. He was and is a leader that are rare to come by.
Yoga-sthaḥ kuru karmāṇi Saṅgamtyaktvā dhanañjaya siddhy-asiddhyoḥ samo bhūtvā samatvaṁ yoga uchyate //BG 2.48
Have you noticed that we are attracted to things which are beautiful versus our attachments could be towards things which are outrightly ugly? (Attractive or ugly again, depends on the way we see things..to each, his own)
But Attachments are deep and they don’t care for labels which makes them inflict the most excruciating pain in any person. It leaves you punctured with a hole in your heart.
We can get over attraction but attachment gets us emotionally invested.
If you think why is one more hurtful than the other? One of the reasons are most likely because of the number of times we replayed the episodes of the ones we are attached to. Remember ” dyayate vishayan..” from Bhagavad Gita.
Although attachment is a progression yet it is deep and emotionally charged Imagine that you have been thinking about a 🌵 over and over again in a good way. Then someone comes around and describes a lotus flower to you but now you are comparing your love for cactus with this flower. Trust me, you will be rooting for Cactus over Lotus.
Even if you are truly attracted to a lotus flower but if you can encircle your thoughts around a cactus, you can very well be attached to it. You can argue with the best of the best about how the cactus is more beautiful than the lotus flower itself.
Although attachment looks unavoidable & dangerous but knowing that we have no control over the things/people we are attached to- should make us tread this territory with care.
Don’t dive too deep to a place from where you may not resurface. Also, recognize other people don’t see the 🌵 as the same way that you do 😉
While travelling, we all have a checklist of things to carry and that may differ from one person to another. But when it comes to packing our mind on a travel, we all pray that we somehow stay in the present-be able to capture all the beauty that we get in that short trip, isn’t it? At least, that is true by me.
Otherwise, we would surely arrive at the destination but with an unprepared and an absent mind.
Have you noticed people staring away at their cell phones while holidaying? Their work laptops switched on when Mother Nature is at her best.
yes, I do know work follows us home, in fact every where. We are 24/7 now but a weekend getaway can be without the work, right?
The only thought I packed my mind with, this time was to be in the moment and admire the one lady(Nature) who never failed to look pretty. I was excited to see her as she is, without a makeover.
So, this post is to share the joy that we experienced by just packing that ONE THOUGHT.
As soon as I hear someone say that, my head automatically shuts off from the conversation and starts singing ‘la la la la la la’ but outside I will be nodding my head.
That conversation is not worth listening to because they contradict the same qualities which they say are the attributes of the Divine. Whenever someone does that, I am like, in my head, thinking, “Really? Are you kidding?”
Okay, if you see in Gita, alright..I am not a Gita addict but I strongly believe I need to know my self more than anything in this world. And for someone like me, Bhagavad Gita is a gift.
So in the Gita, the divine says that the whole universe is him and every inch of it is he. And that includes you and me as well. Arjuna, after much questioning ultimately admit that the Divine is indeed One and he permeates every inch of known the unknown(chapter 11, 37-40). If we believe in his omnipresence then it would be foolish to think or say any of the below,
That my God and your God are different(When he clearly says there is ‘One’ that encompasses all. That means, there are no TWO GODS. Now, let the fight not shift towards putting a name to that ‘One’.)
My way is the only way in knowinghim(If he is the whole universe then you and I are not separate, meaning there is this divinity that is common between us. So, that negates the above statement and there is no ‘my way’ business here.)
God and I are different( If the divinity is everywhere then we are within him and he should be us. If someone says otherwise then it would as stupid as to listening to that person saying that his leg does not belong to his body, unless that someone is suffering from BIID)
Every chapter in Gita is not just hinting but it literally puts it right on our face that there are no two things here. Everything that we perceive here is that one entity alone(Chapter 10,verses-6 to 8). 8th verse is just that.
I am the origin of all creation. Everything proceeds from me. The wise knowing this worship me with great faith and devotion.
Although Bhagavad Gita gives us options to choose our path(Sankhya/Bhakti/Jnana/Karma) it still reminds us to know that understanding Divine is understanding our Self, and vice-versa.
If we believe, that our sense of being is tied only to our body then how can we be fooled into believing that we can own a fake limb// rubber hand illusion.
Anyways, that was a little insight from science, about how easily our brains can be tricked into believingsomething so fake, as our own.
Okay coming back to Gita, the one word in the text that keeps coming back to me is ‘Ananya’. I understand Ananya as Not Anya(Other). We are united is what he is saying when he says Ananya. The bhakti should flow knowing that I am him and he and I were never separate or different.
Image: Bellur. If God resides in that temple. So does he reside in us as the sense of ‘I’
If anyone were to ask me how religious am I, I would say- I am not religious enough, that I don’t follow it to the core.
And then they play this song ‘Namo Namo ji Shankara’ and you see me grooving along with complete faith and devotion 😉 Although I just said I am not much into any religion but my actions say otherwise.
What we’re really saying when we say we are not religious enough- (pun intended)
That I don’t know if I am religious or not.
I think I am not, but I love the God that I was introduced to more than the ones that I am alien to.
I am not aware of the soft spot for my religion. So don’t finger it.
I am not like my parents-I don’t advocate my faith but you don’t dare say, your God is the only God.
I am not religious enough to go on a killing spree in the name of religion but again don’t tell me, my God doesn’t exist.
I don’t have religion on my priority list. But don’t say anything stupid about my religion, you might end up being on my list.
So, that’s what our head is saying when we think we are not that religious. If someone corners me and puts my faith down, can I still walk past that without getting affected? Not always.
Then again, I am not religious. Why am I getting affected?
Perhaps the problem is in assuming that we know ourselves too well. Do we? Don’t our thoughts and actions surprise us?
Today, if I see my faith painted on a doormat, it irks me. But what should ring an alarm in my head is when I don’t feel the same when I see other religious figurines on a doormat.
We do terrible things in the name of God and religion. And who does these things? People like us.
People like us who are unaware of our religious conditioning.
People like us, sceptics, theists & atheists, are only brainwashed into thinking that no faith or one faith is superior or different from others.
Breaking religious conditioning or being Cynical are good places to start but that road should lead us somewhere. What If we do not Evolve? We will continue being the question mark.
So, the next time we size up our religious quotient, we should keep in mind that we are equally conditioned and ignorant like others. That will help us ignore the religious triggers coming our way else we become dangerous to our own species.
If we get too sensitive or do not articulate our beliefs well then we will go extinct fighting for our religion.