If you don’t know what happens in Mahabharata, let me give you a brief backdrop. A great warrior fights against the injustice, only to be overcome by sorrow. He fights against everyone he has every cared for, including his own cousins, teacher, classmates. The sorrow gets most out of him, and thus he tries to give up the war.
When that happens, his Guru gives him the lesson of the lifetime, just like how Yoda does in Star Wars. Bhagavad Gita consists of 18 chapters of this lessons of life, emotions, ambitions and everything. Following are the essence of it:
You should enjoy your work
When we work, we look at the result rather than the process. Gita says that the work itself must be pleasurable than the results.
What it means is that the journey is more important the destination, as the saying goes. All of the great artists, warriors, scientists achieve the greatness because they enjoy the process of creation itself.
You have to manage your emotions
A large portion of Gita talks about managing emotions and attachment. In most situations, panic and attachment can be the enemies. Bhagvat Gita portrays hundreds of examples where it teaches about how one needs to keep calm and think through to use logic over emotions, even in the worst of times.
“The awakened sages call a person wise when all his undertakings are free from anxiety about results.”
You can manage your emotion by doing these things
Gita suggests practicing Ashtanga yoga (the superset of all the current yoga) and selecting the right food. Gita has categorized food into three types: Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. Sattva are the fruits, green vegetables, milk; Rajas are spicy foods and steroids; and Tamas is fatty foods and leftovers. Gita says:
“From Sattva arises wisdom, and greed from Rajas; miscomprehension, delusion, and ignorance arise from Tamas.”
Don’t try to copy someone else’s life
Everyone’s life is relative. A warrior might think that a farmer’s life is pleasant and filled with happiness. The farmer might think that warrior’s life is energetic and active. Both lives have equal importance in the world. The grass will always look greener on the other side. As Gita says:
“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”
Keep your goals intact
When we try to imitate others, we forget what our own goals and dreams are. We try to become a better somebody, even if it is worthless like how we showboat in social media sites.
“We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.”
Everyone is worth your equal treatment
In simple words, treat everyone the same. A whole chapter is dedicated to this in Gita. Even to foes, act nice, because that will leave you with lesser guilt and lesser emotion burdens to fight inside you.
“He alone sees truly who sees God in every creature he does not harm himself or others.”
Do good for the sake of nothing
Don’t expect anything in return just because you did something good. Gita talks about this in various forms and makes a lot of practical sense than just the morality of it.
“A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return.”
Act. Don’t just think.
We keep over analyzing things that we forget to act upon it, it is especially common on the knowledgeable. We tend to be comfortable in just analyzing things and talking about it rather than just working on that knowledge.
“The immature think that knowledge and action are different, but the wise see them as the same.”
Keep your duties in check.
If you have promised something, then just do it. Don’t over analyze and use analysis-paralysis as an excuse to achieve great things in life.
“You might like another’s duty, and dislike yours. But still, do your own duty, and not another’s, even if you can do another’s duty very well. Or you’ll go on being caught up in the field of opposites. And there will be no end to your suffering.”
There is always a bigger power than the biggest power.
You might feel dejected because we think that we can do nothing about it. We end up throwing the towel. But according to Gita, the truth will always win, in one way or the other. So, you must keep doing your duty, even though your enemy looks formidable.
“In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to re-establish the principles of truth, I advent Myself time to time.”
*NAIVEDYAM: WILL GOD EAT OUR OFFERINGS?*
Here is a very good explanation about Neivedyam to God. Will God come and eat our offerings?Many of us could not get proper explanation from our elders.An attempt is made here.
A Guru-Shishya conversation:
The sishya who doesn’t believe in God, asked his Guru thus:
“Does God accept our ‘neivedhyam'(offerings)? If God eats away the ‘prasadham’ then from where can we distribute it to others? Does God really consume the ‘prasadham’, Guruji?”
The Guru did not say anything. Instead, asked the student to prepare for classes.
That day, the Guru was teaching his class about the ‘upanishads’. He taught them the ‘mantra’: “poornamadham, poornamidham, ……poornasya poornaadaaya….” and explained that: ‘every thing came out from “Poorna or Totality.” (of ishavasya upanishad).
Later, everyone was instructed to practice the mantra by-heart. So all the boys started praciting. After a while, the Guru came back and asked that very student who had raised his doubt about Neivedyam to recite the mantra without seeing the book, which he did.
Now the Guru gave a smile and asked this particular shishya who didn’t believe in God: ‘Did you really memorize everything as it is in the book? The shishya said: “yes Guruji, I’ve recited whatever is written as in the book.
The Guru asked: “If you have taken every word into your mind then how come the words are still there in the book? He then explained:
“The words in your mind are in the SOOKSHMA STHITI (unseen form). The words in the book are there in the STOOLASTHITI (seen).
God too is in the ‘sooksma sthiti’. The offering made to Him is done in ‘stoola sthiti’. Thus, God takes the food in ‘sookshmam’, in sookshma stithi. Hence the food doesn’t become any less in quantity.
While GOD takes it in the “sookshma sthiti”, we take it as ‘prasadam’ in ‘sthoola sthiti’.
Hearing this the sishya felt guilty for his disbelief in God and surrendered himself to his GURU.
When Bhakti enters Food, Food becomes *Prasad…*
When Bhakti enters Hunger, Hunger becomes a *Fast…*
When Bhakti enters Water, Water becomes *Charanamrit…*
When Bhakti enters Travel, Travel becomes a *Pilgrimage…*
When Bhakti enters Music , Music becomes *Kirtan…*
When Bhakti enters a House, House becomes a *Temple…*
When Bhakti enters Actions, Actions become *Services…*
When Bhakti enters in Work, Work becomes *Karma…*
When Bhakti enters a Man, Man becomes *Human….*
JAMBUDWEEPA AND THE SANKALPA
All of us would have probably heard the words, “…..Jambudveepe Bharatha Varshe Bharata Khande…..” during the sankalpa mantram which forms an integral part of all Vedic rituals. However, most people in foreign countries regularly come to our page with the doubt as to how they must modify this sankalpa mantra to suit the etymology of those countries. This post hopes to throw some light on this aspect.
What exactly is this “Jambudweepa”?
Jambudveepa consisted of modern Asia, Europe, Africa and North America and not merely the Indian subcontinent.
This Jambudvipa was divided into nine varshas (geographical regions) of which one was Bharatha Varsha. The other eight varshas were:
India which was then called Bharathavarsha extended in the west including the regions of modern Egypt, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Iran, Sumeria upto Caspian Sea (which was called Kashyapa Samudra in those days). Within this Bharata Varsha was located the Bharata Khanda which was the heart of the Vedic civilization & the place where we Indians currently reside.
This is one of the innumerous proofs that the Indo-Aryan race theory is a conspiracy theory moulded by western countries to show us in poor light. All of the regions so mentioned in the race theory are a part of Bharata Varsha & there was never a so called “invasion”.
What is amazing is the fact that our ancestors had an excellent overview of the geography of the world back then.
It can be observed that in those times, most of South American continent, southern half of African Continent and entire Australia were submerged under water. On the other hand most of modern day Atlantic ocean and Pacific ocean, and the entire Arctic ocean were above sea level.
This also proves the logical fallacy of the Western missionaries which claim that the Vedic civilization is just 5000 years old, Kurukshetra war took place just a few thousand years back,etc.
The vedic civilization existed at times when Australia was submerged below the ocean! Imagine how long back that must have been!
What is rather disappointing is the fact that our government to this day teaches all sorts of disproved, anti-Indian & illogical theories in our textbooks solely for “minority appeasement” & to support the slow conversion on Hindus to Christianity, a mission well sponsored by the missionaries of the West.
The credits for this discovery go to the great soul Lokamanya Balagangadhar Tilak. More info can be found in his book “The Arctic Home in the Vedas”.
Its disgusting that our government teaches our younger generations to think how worthless our ancestors were rather than teaching them about these great discoveries by such patriots.
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