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Krishna talked sense into me..

This post is going to be a little different from what I usually write here, but by the end of it you might think I am back to my usual. So if you get there, thank you for bearing with me.

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“Mayi sarvani karmani samnyasyādhyātmacetasā;

Nirāśirnirmamo bhūtvā yudhyasava vigatajvarah.”

 

Renouncing all actions into Me, with the mind centered on the Self, free from hope and egoism (Ownership), free from (mental) fever, (you) do fight.

 

This is taken from the Holy Geeta, chapter 3 Karma Yoga, verse 30.

 

This brilliant passage is spoken by lord Krishna to his worshipper/friend/student Arjuna.

 

A closer study of the import of these two lines will make us understand clearly that, in this stanza, Krishna is hinting at the greater psychological truth of life. Krishna advises Arjuna to act renouncing both Hope and Ego; and this is indeed a primary instruction on how to pour the best that is in us into the ‘present’, blockading all unintelligent and thoughtless dissipation of our inner personality-energies, in the ‘Past’and the ‘Future’.

 

He further says to renounce all action unto the Lord and, getting rid of both Hope and Selfishness, must fight, free from all mental fever. How complete this technique is will be evident now to all students of Geeta.

 

The term ‘fight’is to be understood here ‘as our individual fight with circumstances, in the silent battle of life’. Thus, the advice is not for Arjuna alone, but to them all men who would like to live fully and intelligently.

 

And this makes more sense to me when right in the next stanza He says, without caviling, and with only faith in heart, one must live. For one can neither understand fully, nor come to gain the blessings of the way of life, by deep study and noisy discussions. It can be understood and experienced only by living it.

 

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Time again, I have been told that thinking, will not help much, that trying to understand all the concepts of life is only a vain effort. But despite my agreement with them, I fail to accustom myself to these thoughts. The result of which is a PhD in overthinking and a certain sense of guilt and restlessness, and a tinge of permanent anxiety of un-knowingness. I have been told again and again, that to not think much of past and present, and only to live. But it took me more than a decade, and a number of people telling me so, a 100 different experiences and a second reading of this Holy scripture, to finally let myself understand that I can never understand everything (Just the way I can never travel almost every part of the world, or just the way that I can never ever read all the books in the world!!). It was this time, that when I read it, my brains finally, tried accepting this simple fact, it was this time that I felt, that Krishna was speaking to me, (Hypothetically, don’t worry I haven’t turned all too religious overnight and started hallucinating about Gods in front of me) finally making my dumb ass realize that I am not right, that I need to stop doing certain things to myself which are only hurting me more.

 

Now, that I have come to accept it, I am going to start trying to succumb to it; that is my attempts will be to not think much, about the past and-or the future. I will try and leave my ego and all kinds of hope behind, in an attempt of living a life without selfishness, and one full of faith. This does not mean I renounce my Karma, no, it only signifies how I will go about it; that is without my Ego and Hope but full of faith.

 

 

This is how I perceive these stanzas, and I am pretty sure, I still don’t get the inner meaning of them, or the depth of what He was trying to say. All the same I will keep up with my efforts of not understanding anymore, but only living my life, doing my Karma, because I sure ain’t getting younger!!

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I have used the commentary and the English translation of the verse from the Geeta, written by Swami Chinmayananda.

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I Shall Not Live In Vain!

A Long drive,

Winds battling speed,

Rains drenching your soul.

And these words, these beautiful words glorify your thoughts.

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“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”
-Emily Dickinson

This very short piece touched a deep chord today.

Because this lovely lady never fails to make me wonder how much I love her.

Differences Among Religions!

People often discuss religion, and the first thing that they’d discuss or very proudly announce is, “We are of ‘this’ religion” or “Our religion is different”. Basically they are more often than not heard or seen discussing the differences between their religions. What amuses me though, is somehow I always see or look into the similarities, and then I end up wondering, what exactly are the differences, cause I don’t see any.

Of course and every time I say this out aloud, people tend to give me weird looks, which might say “Are you insane?” or making me sound absolutely unacceptable. And the very loud mouth that I have, I go on and on about this where I feel, I should speak up. But often this has leaded to heated arguments (Just as it happens with me when discussing issues relating women), even among families and friends. So, I have stopped speaking my mind, and I speak only when I think I can take no longer of this argument, which I am so much against of. Again, this happens more often than I would want it to.

But, I can’t help it. I just can’t resist myself. And the more I speak up, the more I realize, that you can’t make someone understand anything, unless he or she is willing to understand it. You can teach someone algebra or mean median, mode, or anything else for that matter, but he will understand it only if he is willing to understand the basics of it. Without his willingness to open the doors of his mind, nothing is going to happen.

I have come to learn this the hard way. And yet, I try and try to talk people into accepting things, which I think are right. And seldom do people change how they think about the issue.

Coming back to religion, what bothers me today is ‘these people’ talk about the differences, but most of them do believe in the concept of Hell and Heaven. Having said this, I think I can safely say this is the case with most religions. Then should this not be it? I mean if you think you believe in Hell or heaven, and that your Karma decides where you are going to end up, then should that not be enough to make you behave in a manner, justified; to not let you mistreat and differentiate among religions?

PS: This is just a thought. I don’t mean to annoy anyone with my thoughts, cause neither do I own so much knowledge of religion, nor do I know most of the times, what I am speaking about.

PS (Sorry, I got something more): If you ask me I’d rather follow Humanity as a religion and try and be a better person, not just to myself but towards every person, with or without any differences.

The idea of God

John Donne has got the conception of a wrathful God intent on punishing those who go against His commandments.

But Crashaw is altogether a different breed. He is a radiant spirit who feels perfectly assured of his salvation to God. Crashaw’s God is generally the God of love who cannot bear to see the misery of His creation.

And as always I am still confused. What is the truth? Can He be as gracious as to forgive even our gravest sins or is it vice versa? Can he really punish us for the deeds that are not supposed to be performed in His creations?

If Karma exists then of course we will be punished but then how can God see his own children suffer the retribution?

Is he wrathful or the God of love?