Journey of Bhagwad Gita as I understood

The Bhagwad Gita means song of divine. While I was in school, I was fascinated by the vastness of the knowledge of varied subjects. After going through various best sellers of the world, I switched to Bhagwad Gita thinking that it must be religious book. But when I got dipper inside it I realized that it is the best management book one can ever found in this world.  After I studied few chapters I found that it not only has religious benefits but it has all the practical and material benefits. Which was not expected from a so-called religious book.

Let me start sharing the concept of Gita chapter wise. As you know the Gita was spoken By Bhagwan Krushna addressing it to Arjun on the battlefield of Kururkshetra around five thousand years back.  When Arjun couldn’t fight against his own family, he wanted to give up on the war and his rights on the throne. That is when Krushna prepared Arjun to understand his duty, the world, universe and what we are here for.

Krishna prepares Arjun to gain this knowledge in first chapter. In second chapter he explains where we come from, what are we doing on this earth, how we are different from animals and why this life is precious. Further the journey of the soul from the divine to this earth and beyond, how we are beyond body and mind and also above this material and mundane world, how we can grow in spiritual path. This chapter has the glimpse of all eighteen chapters. If you understand this chapter, other chapters would be easier to understand.

The third chapter talks about karma yoga. We cant live without doing anything. Mostly our karma is produced through our desire and this desire comes from our inner unfulfilled askings. This chapter shows how we can go beyond our physical and emotional desire and start longing and asking the right thing in life. This is important aspect of life which we have been ignoring and than wonder certain things happened to us and not others. Because we have stopped observing what we do.

Chapter four is transcendental knowledge. It explains how to pursue the spiritual path living in this mundane world. The purpose of Krishna’s visit to this world is explained. Chapter five of Karma yoga explains the type of karma and its benefits.

How one can achieve an inner peace with the help of right karma. Chapter six is about how to control mind and its thought and be free from various types of desires in daily life.

Chapter seven explains the magnanimity of God and his omnipresenceness, how to follow his path in our lives and practice it fully. This continues in chapter eight while Krushna explains the reasons of our birth, what determines it and how we can change the cause of the same with the help of his presence through out our lives. Further Krishna explains the importance of this knowledge, how the world works according to his wish and why bhakti is the best way forward. He shows the path to get close to him and what is absolute truth in tenth chapter.

Chapter eleven is the universal form which enables Arjun to see the divine power of Krishna, wherein the world starts and the world ends, every species has got the place in him, gods, devtas, the past present and future. This opens the eyes of Arjun and also us.

Chapter twelve is the most important chapter in today’s time wherein Bhakti is explained in details. How to do it, how the mind can be engaged in it for the life time. Many institutes world wide recite the shloka of this chapter to get deeper in bhakti.

Chapter thirteen talks about the importance of the body to fulfill the desire of Bhakti and spiritual path. The soul residing in the body is our real identity and not the body.  Next chapter explains the type of nature we have and how we are controlled by three modes of nature, sattva, rajas and tamas. How these three decides the journey of life and also life after death. Chapter fifteen explains the power of yoga and how the realized soul would engage in yoga. Chapter sixteen explains the negative energy around us, how it affects and derail us from the path of bhakti and self realization. Seventeen chapter explains the type of faith exist in the world, based on desire, need, ego etc.  The last and the most important chapter helps us to grow in spiritual path, practice detachment, concentrate on pure form of worshipping and attain Krishna after the end of life.

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Why Congress wants to play politics of caste and religion

The media is having sleepless nights due to Gujarat election. BJP is talking about Vikas which means progress and Congress is still stuck on old tricks of caste and religion. Congress leaders are jumping from one temple to another. Trying to please the voters who have seen the difference between pre modi and post modi era.

I think gone are the days when the people of India were innocent and didn’t understand the ploy behind this kind political gimmicks. When they would talk about either upper caste to lower caste or Hindu to Muslim or temples to masjid.

The time has changed. Rahul Gandhi – you may need to open your eyes and check that Indians don’t want to know if Hindus are better or Muslims, at least not from you. We will sort out our religion and caste bar issue on our own. You may just need to concentrate on real issues of unemployment, poverty, environment, corruption, management of the country etc.

You may talk about what you bring on table while talking to voters. Stop playing with emotions of people and start performing. Performance is the key to success.

Why FDI is not a barometer of success for any government

The opening door to MNCs by Narsimha Rao was the beginning of the blunders of the Indian economy. Though I know that our foreign reserve was less and we had no other choice left. But it didn’t stop there. Currently we are in the process of allowing 100% FDI in India. Which means education, service industry like temples etc. will be controlled by these companies.  Do you think they will only bring products and services and not culture and mindset.

Do we realise that they are not in the country for charity. Whatever they will bring they will take away 100 times more than that to their countries. They do create jobs but make us paralysed to their lifestyle and products. It has changed our daily routine, the whole new thinking about materialistic achievements, endless desire for luxury and absolutely no satisfaction.

Twenty years back people didn’t know the massive use of plastics and other unwanted metals in our daily life. We are on the verge of forgetting the real beauty of nature and it is all about products and desires to get fulfilled. Everyone is trying too hard to sell some or other things as they have targets to achieve by their sales managers. The quality has taken a back step and the desire of the seller rules our lives.

The best example is China. Did any company go to China to invest and prosper the country. Did Chinese asked any country to teach them technology. So why we are not able to gather our strength and build the counter products of everything offered by the west. Surprisingly most of the employees of the top companies in the USA are Indians. Would they have any interests in developing the same thing for India? No, because they can’t get paid so dearly in India.

Yes, bureaucracy is another challenge to build anything world class in the country.  But the time is changing. Let’s support Make In India and make the country prosper.

 

The issue of Padmavati

Padmavati is already being discussed too far and also too much in depth. But I am still waiting for one argument which is not coming out strongly as why these directors want to exploit the names and characters from the history. They are always free to make movies out of fictional characters and stories in different era, genre, time and names. Few reporters have mentioned the same but it seems the general audience is not able to understand that we all are the victim of the politics of religion getting played all across the world.

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I think Bollywood is over-confident and thought that they will be able to play with the sentiments of the people, history and the hindu belief system for a long time. Padmavati has taught a lesson to the Indian film makers to rethink the politics behind religious belief system. It is time that we sensitise any issues related to the image of India, Indian culture and also knowledge. We have been a soft target for thousands of years purely because of our ignorance and so called humbleness.  As an Indian we own too much to this land as our identity, religion, belief system, our complete personality is based on the this motherland. So we should atleast do something to maintain the dignity of the land.

If we don’t start questioning the show biz people now it will be too late as we will keep hurting our heritage on the name of freedom of speech. I want to appeal to my readers who have been comfortably enjoying movies tarnishing the image of India and Indians.

 

The blunders of International Yoga Day.

The international Yoga Day is truly a boon to most of us. But it has also given platform to many roadside junky fake yoga teachers who want to encash on yoga day for personal gains.
Recently I came across few such stories in five different countries who claimed to be yoga teachers and went to jail for misleading the people.
Unfortunately, there is no authorised body who can certify anyone as yoga teacher. There are few private universities and organisations in India who teach Yoga for many decades. Many renowned modern yoga gurus hail from these universities and genuinely contributing to the society. But there is another junk of people who learn as a student and start their classes in any corner of the city and start calling themselves as yoga teachers without degree, without teachers’ training and any theoretical knowledge of the subjects.
how to combat these fake yoga professionals who are cheating people for money, fame and personal gain.

Please check with your Indian Embassy if they keep a track of such people who claim to be yoga teachers are genuinely aware of the techniques. Few officials in some of the countries have been tracking such people and discouraging them to mislead others. But it is not happening in most of the countries as the embassies don’t have any official authority to check the genuineness of such fake teachers.

The ministry of Ayush hasn’t come up with any certification process for existing yoga teachers. It is truly required. In case of Kenya, there is only one lady called Komal Shah in Nairobi who I found to be genuine in her work and degrees too.

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