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Reflections II

Read Reflection I here.

There is a lot that one can learn from the younger generation. Though I would like them to be a little less self-centered, what I would like to imbibe is their aloofness, well a little bit at least.

‘Do you really know these many people?’, I asked my niece when her friend list went a little above 1000 on a social network site. (Don’t know the present figures, might even have crossed 2000) ‘Yes, you know’, she said, ‘school friends, college friends, tuition friends, friends met in random places like bus and temple and so on’, she said. ‘I just manage contact with them, a hi there, or like a photo and that’s it’, she said. Now I really like that attitude. Be friends and yet remain detached. Nice… no heartaches, no expectations. People like me get attached and then get hurt fast too.

Children can be your best teachers too. The son came up some months back to me and said, ‘Amma, you taught me

yajna-sistasinah santo  mucyante sarva-kilbisaih
bhunjate te tv agham papa ye pacanty atma-karanat’ (B.G. 3.13)

‘Yes’, I said, ‘So?’

‘It means the Lord says The devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of sins because they eat food which is offered first for sacrifice. Others, who prepare food for personal sense enjoyment, verily eat only sin. Isn’t it?’

‘Yes,’ I said not understanding where the conversation was heading.

‘Then why are you not offering whatever we eat to Krishna before eating’, he said.

I was stumped. Yes, I had taught him that shloka myself. And yet I was not offering food before eating. Practice what you preach, right? Yet even after learning, understanding, I had not been following it. It is so easy to be lazy or wayward and so difficult sometimes to practice what is right.

We may attempt to practice humility, forgiveness and yet when there is an argument with the spouse, forget all. Why is it easier to be humble and forgiving to others and not with our own. Is it because we set very high standards for the ones who are very close to us, but are we/Me upto that standards?

The verses 18-19 from Chapter 12 of the Bhagvad Gita come to mind

samah satrau ca mitre ca tatha manapamanayoh
sitosna-sukha-duhkhesu samah sanga-vivarjitah

tulya-ninda-stutir mauni santusto yena kenacit
aniketah sthira-matir bhaktiman me priyo narah

One who is equal to friends and enemies, who is equipoised in honor and dishonor, heat and cold, happiness and distress, fame and infamy, who is always free from contamination, always silent and satisfied with anything, who doesn’t care for any residence, who is fixed in knowledge and engaged in devotional service, is very dear to Me.

Now the first point equal to friends and enemies is tough. I mean can I really behave equally with friends and the others. Or can I behave normally with people who have hurt me in the past….I really do not know.

Satisfaction and silence is not easy either. Heat and cold… that is tough for me who longs for winter in summer and for summer in winter.

There is still a long way to go, a long path to be better, a long way to understand what is learnt.

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And with these thoughts I end 2013 and begin 2014, to a year of new discoveries and new learning’s. Have a blessed year ahead.

HAPPY 2014.

 

7 favorite shlokas

It has been some three years or so since I have started reading Bhagvad Gita. No, I don’t claim that I have read it in-depth, yet. Because every time I read something again, I discover something new. And every time it fills me with energy anew. Here are the seven shlokas which I like the most. The first number is the chapter number and the digits which follow after the decimal indicates the shloka in the chapter. So here goes:

Bhagavad Gita: Krishna and Arjuna in the midst of the two armies.

9.26 patram puspam phalam toyamyo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami prayatatmanah

If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.

Now that gives me a lot of confidence. The fact that the Lord wants just devotion from me, makes my faith stronger.

8.5 anta-kale ca mam eva smaran muktva kalevaram
yah prayati sa mad-bhavam yati nasty atra samsayah

And whoever, at the time of death, quits his body, remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt.

This for me is quite inspiring. The fact that I can come out of this birth death loop fills me with joy.

 

2.13 dehino ‘smin yatha dehe kaumaram yauvanam jara
tatha dehantara-praptir dhiras tatra na muhyati

As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.

The fact that death is inevitable has been so beautifully expressed here and the truth that body is just like a garment which has to be thrown after its term is over.

12.17 yo na hrsyati na dvesti na socati na kanksati
subhasubha-parityagi bhaktiman yah sa me priyah

One who neither grasps pleasure or grief, who neither laments nor desires, and who renounces both auspicious and inauspicious things, is very dear to Me.

We live in moments. If things move as per our plans/desires, it fills us with joy, if not we grieve but the point is nothing lasts forever. One who remembers that in any situation is indeed a balanced person.

9.22 ananyas cintayanto mam ye janah paryupasate
tesam nityabhiyuktanam yoga-ksemam vahamy aham

But those who worship Me with devotion, meditating on My transcendental form–to them I carry what they lack and preserve what they have.

There are days when limitations shackle me and suddenly everything falls in place like a jigsaw puzzle being completed on its own. Those times I remember this shloka

4.34 tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya
upadeksyanti te jnanam jnaninas tattva-darsina

Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.

It is my belief a good teacher can make a student great. Yes parents teach too but it is a teacher with whom a student understands better. The other point worth noting in this shloka is ‘submissive inquiry’. Only humility can help us in getting answers.

18.66 sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah

Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.

And this is my absolute favorite. The fact that HE will take care fills me with immense joy. Here dharma does not just mean religion it means whatever you are involved with, whatever profession you are in, it does not matter. Just be connected with ME.

So which are your favorites?

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