Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Ideal of Gita

The Gita not only speaks of the goal of life's journey but also of various stages of the journey.  It teaches one how to counter problems and challenges of life and also how to be preventive with regard to various crises and emergencies of life.  This,  of course,  it does not do by asking us to take an insurance cover but by asking us to develop right orientation to life and by equipping ourselves with strength and faith.  The real happiness,  says the Gita,  is not in acquiring the objects of sense pleasure but in training our senses.  If we do not train our senses,  we become slaves to them.  And what can a slave expect from a master from a ruthless master?  When one develops self-control through proper training and patience,  one develops a peaceful mind-  this,  and not meaningless acquisition and reckless pampering of senses and ego,  is the real source of happiness.  It is not just temporary'peace of mind'  that Gita speaks of but getting established in Peace with a capital P.  It teaches us how to seek it and become free from a sorrow forever.  In the tranquillity of mind,  all sorrow is destroyed.  For the intellect of him,  who is tranquil-minded,  is soon established in firm ness.

Contrary to what popular consumerist culture advocates,  Gita's way to peace and joy is to search for it within.  Sri Krishna describes a man who has found this inner source thus:  whose happiness is within,  whose relaxation is within,  whose light is within,  that Yogi alone,  becoming Brahman,  gains absolute freedom.

In another place,  the Gita describes three types of joys originating from three gunas namely,  sattua,  rajas and lamas:  That which is like poison at first,  but like nectar at the end:  that happiness is declared to be sattuika,  born of translucence of intellect due to Self-realisation.  That which arises from the contact of objects of senses,  at first like nectar,  but at the end like poison,  that happiness is declared to be rajasik That happiness which begins and results in self-delusion arising from sleep,  indolence,  and miscomprehension,  that is declared to be tamasika

In his evolutionary march towards greater wisdom and maturity,  man learns and progresses from tamasika to rajasika happiness and to sattvika happiness and even beyond.  This happiness is not inviting at the beginning but seeking which it finally leads one to a joy which is free from all remorse,  guilt and anxiety.  It is the pure joy of our being.  In Gita is found the message not only of personal development but a plan for collective good and development,  Sri Krishna cautions all men, especially leaders and elders,  to be careful in whatever they do.Freedom entails responsibility.lt is not mere freedom to act but the freedom to be that is vital and necessary for growth and true well-being.  Says Gita

In one of the verses in praise of Gita that appears in an auxiliary work,  Sri Krishna says. 'Gita is My heart The word Gita itself means a song and when it comes from the heart of God,  it should be taken to mean the best advice Sri Krishna,  the Godhead personified,  has to give to anyone.  Of course,  whatever God gives is best and good for others but we should not forget that when a man is joyful,  he bursts into a humming melody and a song,  emerges from his heart.  It may be the song that he has heard and admired earlier or a song which he composes impromptu.  Singing a song is thus a spontaneous outburst of a joyful heart.  In the same way,  Gita,  Sri Krishna's outpouring in the form of his song,  the Song of God,  is born of joyfulness and goodwill.  And it comes from God's heart.  In other words,  the Gita is born of His deep concern and love for humanity.

Krishnam vande jagadgurum
God bless you all

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