Bhagavad Gita has multiple translations and varied interpretations, however comprehending it’s content within the context of existing era is itself a challenge.But we are blessed enough to receive the privilege and an opportunity to be a part of the value laden and knowledge driven sessions led by Guruji who facilitates the participants foresee the true meaning of Bhagavad Gita through his teachings which ensures the essence of Gita is transferable to 21st century .
I am highly obliged and offer my sincere gratitude to Guruji who willingly and selflessly have accepted to enlighten the ignorant souls like me.
Learnings from Bhagavad Gita:
The end result , outcomes are always uncertain and unpredictable but needless to say these outcomes are determined by and is taken care of by the laws of nature.Human being hardly have any say when it comes to the results but surely it is in perfect adherence and alignment with laws of Karma.
However the ability to determine the appropriateness and an inappropriateness of an action is solely at an individual’s discretion. This knowledge of discriminating against the do’s and don’t s need not be taught . It is a self discovery which one needs to dig in as the course of life progresses..
Raga and Dvesha refers to what I want and what I don’t want respectively.
When the above two forces manifests themselves it ultimately drives the emotions of an individual.Raga and Dvesha controls the actions of human beings which serves as an obstacle to live one’s life with a free will.
Thus to be happy, relaxed and maintain one’s composure we need to detach ourselves from manifestations of Raga and Dvesha. There is an inner thrust to fulfill one’s desire which overpowers the action dictated by Dharma when Raga and Dvesha becomes the controlling entity.
Dharma means an act or knowledge which will help us help us chalk down the correct path or selecting an appropriate action.
How would we know whether the path we have selected is appropriate or not?
Well if our actions hurt someone either physically or emotionally then surely we need to rethink about the action chosen.
Simply stating an act which does not bring discomfort to a human being in any which form is considered as “Dharma”. Surely the path of Dharma is easy to dictate and theorize upon,but it is extremely difficult to implement.
Here comes the words of wisdom and truth , following dharma the advantages and the benefits will accrue to you in the form of the Punya’s which will be the leading cause of all the comfort, happiness and satisfaction one might experience during the course of life.
On the flip side of it the biggest disadvantage of not following Dharma is in the form of a split which sort of hosts permanently within us.This split originates because we being humans are well versed with an acceptable course of actions versus a contradictory path which we have opted temporarily.The knower and the doer contradicts each other and hence there is a split circumnavigating us which becomes the real cause of self condemnation and guilt .
“Ishwara ” is the unlimited subconscious being . The material and the the product seems inseparable. The giver is no different than giving. there is no space separating a giver and giving . Thus Ishwara concludes to “One unlimited conscious being”.
Hindu Mythology depicts an excellent analogies in the form of graphical representations for e.g image of Nataraja describes Ishwara in the dance form which reveals or discloses the secret that everything in this universe is continuously moving , nothing is at a standstill . Everything is in motion. The horizontal arrangement of hairs depicts the speed of dancing which dictates the Dharma with Ishwara being invisible.
Ravana represented as an individual with 10 heads again depicts one excellent analogy. His 10 heads signifies 10 distinct contradictory personalities.Imagine an inner conflict one may experience when one needs to interact with 10 opposing personalities.
One more profound learning from Gita sessions:
Dismissing a person entirely by labeling him/her with a negative connotation will render him/her irrevocable. Thus never label a person with a synonym which invites humiliation e.g rather than addressing someone as criminal , we can describe him as being habituated to crime or he is given to crime. Change of words will surely imbibe change of thinking as well.
Thus it is extremely crucial to select one’s words with due care and wisdom . Once I read somewhere the rationale behind why Lord Krishna adores flute as his musical instrument?
The answer being as per him flute always generates pleasant sound . The sound waves originating from flute is soothing and makes the surrounding environment light and peaceful.The conclusion which Lord Krishna wants to convey is , where not necessary hardly utter a word and when it mandates it should be pleasant ,constructive and meaningful.
Thus change of words will definitely drive change of thoughts.
Another significant learning from Geeta sessions :
An individual always needs to identify a larger goal in life which will help him/her mull over the failures of the short term goals and will also protect him/her from being affected by an external entity , to explain this vividly we can consider an analogy of a giant elephant , it hardly bothers itself by the micro flies which hovers around it’s body.
Punya when accrues to you it benefits you in multiple forms.We human beings are blessed, empowered and do hold the capability to attract Punya during the course of life.
We can gain punya by resorting to two means:
1) By reaching out to others, always provide a helping hand to those who need it the most 2) Prayers.
Chanting Mantras will allow an individual to lead his/her life as per the free will.
Learning from Gita needs to be implemented in regular life , rather than making multiple resolutions and landing up justifying neither of them , I would like to make a unique resolution for myself and will surely thrive hard to accomplish my sankalp.
1) From now on I will be extremely careful while communicating with my students and my peers, especially my students. At times I lose my calm my students do not adhere to the routines and procedures or when they don’t feel like respecting and paying heed to the content delivered during the classes. I do get furious at them. I don’t have any right to hurt them in any ways. I need to identify an alternate strategy to ensure their focused and an active participation in all the upcoming sessions , disrespecting them in any which ways and reprimanding them every now and then seems “NOT ACCEPTABLE AT ALL”.
Thanks and Regards,