Sunday, February 27, 2011

Chapter 5 Lesson 3
Not the Doer

My note:

Before I go on to what Krishna says in the Geeta next, we need to understand another Hindu concept.
The above concept claims that one is not really the doer!
Please do not smirk and dismiss. Read on!
The Vedanta concept claims that the real 'I' is not the doer, it is the 'Witness'.
In Indian parlance, Witness is the ‘Saakshi’.
Difficult to understand, no?
Lord Krishna says in Verse 6 of Chapter 5, that (not only is the above concept difficult to understand but also) it is difficult to accomplish.
Krishna says that he who knows the reality of things, must believe, even though seeing, hearing, smelling, eating or drinking, speaking, answering the calls of nature, grasping and opening or closing the eyes, that he does nothing, holding that it is the senses that are moving among their objects.
Krishna urges that one must keep ones mind fixed in God, master ones mind, identify oneself with (ones)true self, offers all ones actions to God, shake off attachment, reaches Brahma (God) in no time as one remains untainted even though performing action.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chapter 5 Lesson 2

My note:

Why does Krishna say that the Yoga of Action is superior to that of Renunciation (Though both roads lead to ‘Highest Bliss?)

To my mind, Renouncing, in the true sense of the word is indeed difficult. If one has a ‘troubled mind’ that mind will pursue one wherever one may be.

Also one cannot really ‘be without action’ and possessions.

Even a renunciate has to act in the form of begging for alms or cooking to eat and sustain himself.

One may argue that those actions do not accrue karmas and one is probably right. But what does one do with a troubled mind that finds myriads of ways to react?

Just for interest sake. I have heard that sanyasins can get attached to the 2nd set of clothes (worrying that they may be stolen) and hence own only one pair, which is washed simultaneously as one bathes.

Out of the millions who took to the woods to search for ultimate union with the Lord, a handful made it. But then so many who stayed in the ‘market place’ also did!

Sincerity is the key.

Meera says: Bhav saagar sab sookh gayo hai, fikr naheen mohe tarnan ki…

Which means, the Ocean (world) has dried up for me, I am not worried about remaining afloat…But then why did Meera leave home? Because for her, the palace held no allure and she wanted to be left in peace to sing to and for her Lord!

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lesson 1
Despite Krishna’s early instructions. Arjuna is confused.
Dear Readers, remember I had told you that the questions that would arise in you will also arise within Arjuna?
Arjuna asks Krishna: Which is superior? The Yoga of Action or the Yoga of renunciation of Action (to retire to a jungle,to live in constant inactivity, a life of self denial)?

Lord Krishna answers: Renunciation of action and Yoga of action both lead to the “Highest bliss’ but of the two the Yoga of Action is superior to the Renunciation of Action.
He should be known as a perpetual sanyaasi (renunciate) who neither hates nor desires,(even though he lives in the market place of the world) for free from pairs of opposites (love hate, joy sorrow…) he is easily free from bondage”

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Was invited to a conference of neuro surgeons hosted by the 16th convention of Academia Eurasiana Neurochirurgica inauguration
Had the honour of doing darshan of the Dalai Lama at the Taj, Crystal Room. His Holiness said that the Science of the mind can be seen in the ancient Indian traditions of samadhi and vipassana. Technology coupled with peace is the key to progress. Keep the mind calm but go to doctors for cure.
The wonderful event was organized by Dr Keki Turel.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chapter 4 Lesson 10
In the previous verse we learned that through knowledge, Truth, God realization and peace is attained.
Knowledge is attained through the company and teachings of Illumined Souls.
What happens to those who are possessed by doubt?
He is lost in the Spiritual path and there is no happiness for him in this world nor in the world beyond. Therefore O Arjuna, Krishna says, slash to pieces this doubt in your heart, with the sword of wisdom, and stand up for the fight.

My note:
One is able to live in a reasonably sane manner in the world, because of ones faith, that one will not die of a heart attack, or the building will not crumble down on us or we shall not die as we cross the road…The more faith one has the more one is able to accomplish…
So much for faith…
When Krishna says ‘stand up for the fight’ one may interpret it as ‘face life with courage!’
And thus ends the Chapter 4 of the Bhagvad Geeta.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Knowledge (Gyaan)
Chapter 4 Lesson 9

Lord Krishna in Chapter 4 Verse 39 states that One who has mastered his senses and is full of faith, attains to knowledge (Gyaan)
Through knowledge, the truth is revealed to him and in the state of God realization, he attains peace.
Lord Krishna describes knowledge as a great purifier.
Sacrifice (Action) through knowledge is superior to sacrifice performed with material things.

Just like the blazing fire turns fuel into ashes, so the fire of knowledge turns all actions to ashes.
(So why renounce actions? Use knowledge or the power to discriminate…and apne karam karte chalo and dharam nibhaate chalo)’.

Krishna says that knowledge alone would carry you, even though you were the foulest of sinners, like a raft across all your sin.
But how to attain that knowledge?

Lord Krishna in Verse 34 states that if one prostrates at the feet of Illumined Souls, render them service, question them with an open and guileless heart, those wise seers of Truth will instruct one in that knowledge.

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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Chapter 4 Lesson 8

My note:
It has been explained earlier that ‘sacrifice’ implies a ‘prayer’, an action, which could mean ‘an offering’ It has also been explained that if you would like to become a doctor, your ‘sacrifice’ or ‘action’ would be ‘your relevant study to become a doctor’.
In that context Krishna explains that ‘sacrifice’ can imply:
1) Seeing Brahma (God everywhere and in everyone)
2) Sacrifice of senses into the fire of self discipline.
3) Functions of the senses into the fire of yoga in the shape of self control, kindled by wisdom.
4) Sacrifice of material possessions, austerities, practice of Yoga, study of sacred texts, and practice of breath control.
Krishna states: “To the man who does not offer sacrifice, even this world is not happy; how then can the other world be happy?

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