Episodes

Lead By Example

Children always look to their parents to understand the world, learn new things, manners, behaviours etc. and that's why it's said that the best way to bring up a child is to lead by example by walking the talk.

Concerned and Un-Concerned

Krishna assures us that (3.19) by performing actions without attachment, one reaches the supreme and gives the example of King Janak (3.20) who attained perfection by action alone.

Sangharsh (Struggle) or Samarpan (Surrender)

There are two ways of living. One is ' Sangharsh ' -struggle and the other โ€˜ Samarpan ', which means surrender. Samarpan is not a helpless surrender like the surrender of the defeated in war, it's surrender with awareness and active acceptance.

Selfless Actions hold Supreme Power

Water is essential for life on earth and Krishna uses rain as an example (3.14) to explain selfless actions. Basically, rain is a part of a cycle where water evaporates because of heat, forming clouds thereafter.

It's Doing not Choosing

Krishna says (3.8), "Perform your obligatory actions, as action is superior to inaction; and even the maintenance of your body would not be possible by inaction. "

Delusion and Hypocrisy

If we are not karta (doer) for karma (action), then who is karta? Krishna replies (3.5) "No one can stay for even a moment without performing karmas as all are compelled by gunas (characters) born of prakriti (nature) to perform actions."

Renunciation of 'I'

Krishna replies (3.3), "As I said earlier, in this world, there are two paths to salvation -for the wise through wisdom and for yogis through the path of action."

Experience can't be borrowed, but earned

The third chapter of the Gita is known as 'Karma Yoga', which is an elaboration of verse 2.71 where Krishna said that nir-mama (sans-I) and nir-ahankaar (sans- I am doer) is the path to attain the eternal state.

Despondency to Enlightenment

Krishna says (2.70) that one attains peace when they remain unmoved by desires, like an ocean that is unmoved by the waters entering it.

Phisically awake and spiritually asleep

Krishna says (2.69), โ€œThat which is night to all beings is wakefulness for the self mastered; that in which beings are awake is night to the divinely perceptive sage."

Desires and four stages of life

Krishna says (2.67) that the mind, which follows roving senses, carries away one's intellect as the wind carries away the boat on the water.

Desires and four stages of life

Krishna says (2.67) that the mind, which follows roving senses, carries away one's intellect as the wind carries away the boat on the water.

Cause and Effect in Spirituality

Krishna says (2.65) that the intellect of the contented is steady and all their dukh (sorrows) are destroyed.

Vicious and virtuous cycles

Vicious and virtuous cycles are a sequence of events where one event leads to another and results in either disaster or joy respectively.

Automaticity of indriyas (senses)

Krishna cautions Arjun (2.60) that turbulent indriyas (senses) are capable of forcibly carrying away the mind of even an aspiring wise person.

Dropping the longing for sense objects

Krishna says (2.69), โ€œThat which is night to all beings is wakefulness for the self mastered; that in which beings are awake is night to the divinely perceptive sage."

Wisdom is to know when to withdraw

Krishna says (2.58) that wisdom gets established when one completely withdraws their indriyas (senses) from sense objects, like the tortoise withdrawing its limbs.

Aversion is also an attachment

We tend to assign one of three labels to a situation, a person or an outcome of a deed: good, bad or no label. Krishna refers to this third state and says (2.57) that a wise person is one who isn't filled with joy when coming across good nor does he hate bad and is always without attachment.

Balanced Decision making

We all make several decisions for ourselves, our family and society based on a variety of factors. Krishna exhorts us to take this decision making to the next level

Raag (attachment), Bhay(fear) and Krodh (anger)

Krishna says (2.56) that Sthithpragna is one who is neither excited by sukh(pleasure) nor agitated by dukh(pain), is free from raag(attachment), bhay(fear) and krodh(anger).

Sthithpragna (stoic) is internal phenomenon

Krishna says (2.54), in response to Arjun's query, sthithpragna (one with coherent intellect) is contented with self. Interestingly, Krishna didn't respond to the second part of Arjun's query as to how a sthithpragna speaks, sits and walks.

Non-oscillating intellect

In the normal course of our lives we get perplexed when we hear conflicting opinions on the same subject -be it news, philosophy, othersโ€™ experiences and beliefs.

What is ours and what is not

Krishna says (2.52) that when we cross moha-kalilam (darkness of delusion) using intellect, we become indifferent to what is being heard or will be heard."

Illusionary bonds of birth and death

Krishna says(2.51) that the wise use their balanced intellect and renounce the fruits of action to reach a state beyond polarities and get liberated from the bonds of birth and death.

Balanced Decision making

We all make several decisions for ourselves, our family and society based on a variety of factors. Krishna exhorts us to take this decision making to the next level

Labelling vanishes in Yoga.

Our life revolves around labelling our deeds (actions/decisions) as well as those of others as good or bad.

Facets of Ahankaar

Krishna observes that Arjun is overwhelmed by the feeling of Aham-Karta (I am doer) -Ahankaar and it is responsible for his despondency.

Dropping sense of doership

In the verse 2.48, Krishna asks Arjun, "To be steadfast in yoga (yoga being equanimity) while performing karma (actions) by renouncing the sangam (union/identify) with polarities like success and failure."

Repetition is the key to mastery

Once, a group of friends were travelling and they had to cross a wide river. They made a boat and crossed the river.

Karma Phal might not be what it seems

Krishna says that we have the right to do karma (action) but have no right over karma-phal (fruits of action).

Karma Phal might not be what it seems

We are usually not prescient enough to understand whether the karma-phal (fruits of action) we currently desire will be good for us down the line.

Karma Phal might not be what it seems

We are usually not prescient enough to understand whether the karma-phal (fruits of action) we currently desire will be good for us down the line.

Karma Yoga as a way of life

Krishna says (2.47) that we have the right to perform our karma , but have no right over karma-phal.

Focus on Karma not karma-phal

In the iconic verse 2.47 of the Gita, Krishna says that we have the right to do karma (action) but have no right over the karma-phal (fruits of action).

Transcend vedas to be with self

In the iconic verse 2.47 of the Gita, Krishna says that we have the right to do karma (action) but have no right over the karma-phal (fruits of action).

Coherent intellect leads to equanimity

Once, a group of friends were travelling and they had to cross a wide river. They made a boat and crossed the river.

Small efforts bring big gains in Karma Yoga

Krishna says (2.41) in karma yoga, the buddhi (intellect) is coherent and the intellect of those who are irresolute is bahu-shakha (many-branched).

Writing on Water, Sand and Stone

Krishna says (2.39) that after elucidating about Sankhyaย  (awareness) (2.11-2.38) he would now explain yoga (or Karma Yoga)...

Balance is the key

Verse 2.38 captures the entire essence of the Gita. Krishna tells Arjuna that he would incur no sin when he fights (read as performing any karma )

Shun all Dharmas(natures) to unite with Paramatma (supersoul)

Krishna explains about swa-dharmam (2.31-2.37), Para-dharmam (other's nature) (3.35) and finally advises shunning all Dharmas (18.66) to unite with Paramatma .

In harmony with Swa-Dharmam(own nature)

Krishna explains Swa-dharmam (own nature) (2.31-2.37) and he tells Arjun that such an unsought battle (Kurukshetra)..

Rose Can never become a Lotus

Krishna explains about Swa-dharmam (own nature) (2.31-2.37) and advises Arjun that as a Kshatriya he should not hesitate to fight(2.31) as it is his Swa-dharmam ....

Destination arrives when ahankaar departs

Krishna says (2.29) some see 'this' (atma) as a marvel, some speak of 'this' as a marvel, others hear of 'this' as a marvel, and even then none know 'this' at all..

Soul replaces old bodies

Krishna says (2:19, 2:20) that Atma neither kills nor is killed and only the ignorant think otherwise. It is unborn, eternal, changeless and ancient.

Writing on the water, Sand and Stone.

Krishna says (2.39) that after elucidating about Sankhya (awareness) (2.11โ€“2.38) he would now explain yoga (or Karma Yoga), the practice ...

Balance is bliss

At the very beginning of the Gita (2:14), Krishna says that the meeting of the indriyas (senses) with the external objects causes polarities of pleasure and pain.

Creativity can not be destroyed

Two types of wise men have guided humanity in its quest to understand the inner self.

Death does not kill us

Krishna tells Arjun, "There is no time, past, present or future, when you, I and these rulers on the battlefield are not present.

Creativity creates, not creator

Dwelling further on Sat (real/permanence) and Asat (unreal/impermanence), Krishna asks us to contemplate on 'that' which is indestructible and which pervades all.

Sat(real) and Asat(unreal)

Krishna says Sat (reality/permanence) never ceases to be and Asat (unreal/impermanence) has no existence.

Four types of devotees

Krishna says that there are four types of devotees.

Transcending Gunas

Krishna says that there is no kartha for any karma.

Equanimity

Samatva(equanimity) is a common thread that runs across the Gita.

Satva, Tamo and Rajo Gunas

Most of us believe that we are the cause of all our actions and masters of our destiny.

Being witness

If one word could describe the entire Gita it would be ' Drishta ' (a witness), which appears in many contexts.

Controlling mind

Arjuna compares the mind to the wind and wants to know as to how to control it, so thatย  it maintains balance.ย 

Pain follows pleasure

Transcending polarity/duality (Dwandwa-atheeth) , is another master key in the Gita.ย  Krishna advises Arjun repeatedly in different contexts, to attain this state.

Krishna in Corona

The Gita contains many master keys which have the capacity to open up many doors andย  bypass hurdles we face in the path of self realisation.

Identify friend and enemy

In the Gita, Lord Krishna says you yourself are your own friend and you yourself are your own foe.

Manifested and unmanifested

A small change in the trim tab attached to the rudder changes the course of a large ship.

Being Nimitta Matra

The Gita was born in the battlefieldย  andย  the current COVID-19 days are similar to the Kurukshetra battle.

Rule of law

The Gita is about maintaining harmony in the inner world and the law is about maintaining order in the outer world.

Gyana, Karma and Bhakti Yoga

Gita appears different to different people based on their orientation.

Mind games

Gita lays emphasis on our senses as they are the gateways between our inner and outer world.

Its here and now

The Gita is about what we are. It is like being truthful apart from knowing the truth and that happens when we are centered (space) in the present moment (time)

Contradictions in Life

Just as it is said, "All roads lead to Rome", all paths given in the Gita lead us to the Inner Self.ย  Some of the paths appear to be in contrast with each other.

Start with Ahankaar

Bhagavad Gita is a 700 verse conversation between Lord Krishna and Warrior Arjun in the battle field of Kurukshetra.

 

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