Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WHETHER THE GLASS IS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY


In order to find the attitude/approach of a person, there is a very popular experiment. The instructor puts a glass half filled with water before the student and asks whether the glass is half full of half empty. If the student says that the glass is half full, the instructor announces it to be the optimistic approach and if the student claims it to be half empty, the instructor blames the student to have a negative attitude. Recently, one of my friends, Neelabh Kshitiz also faced this question. And amazingly he proved to the instructor, that saying it half empty is not the negative attitude by stating that saying half full shows satisfaction and hence snaps our path to progress. This compelled me to think that for a single situation if two decisions will be equally right, then how one will make a decision because decisions are a part of our lives and without it there is no progress. This forced contemplation brought me to the solution to this problem. It simply depends upon the situation, whether the student has the ability to fill the glass or not. It the student is given the power to fill it up, and then my friend stands true. If not, the general opinion is acceptable.
Now, let us make it practical. If the question is regarding our progress and we must not be satisfied and feel ourselves restless and if the question is regarding the part of nature not under our control i.e., climatic conditions, behavior of others, we must feel content and should not be annoyed of it.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

LIMITATION OF WORDS

Whenever we speak or write about the God, we just try to describe something with words which is beyond it. Therefore is can’t be correct, if correct, can’t be perfect. This is valid for all writings and speeches also. Then, should we completely discard these things? No, although they are not perfect, but are nearer to the Reality. Nearer than us at least. If we have to reach the roof of a building, we must step on the first then the second and then the third and so on. We can’t think of reaching at the top at once. But also you can’t reach to the top till you leave the present step for the next one, on knowing its limitations. So, all writings and the sayings of great men are quite helpful for ones progress, till you have got the real idea behind and once you are finished with that, it becomes futile. Remember, nothing is perfect, except the God Himself, at least, till His Realization.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

GLIMPSE OF BHAGAVADGĪTĀ

ॐ श्रीपरमात्मने नमः
  • Arjuna, howsoever men seek Me, even so do I respond to them; for all men follow My path in everyway. (Bhagavadgītā, 4.11)
  • For the protection of the virtuous, for the extirpation of evil-doers, and for establishing Dharma (righteousness) on a firm footing, I manifest Myself from age to age. (Bhagavadgītā, 4.8)
  • However, he who has true insight into the respective spheres of Guṇas (modes of Prakṛti) and their actions, holding that it is the Guṇas (in the form of the senses, mind, etc.,) that move among the Guṇas (object of perception), does not get attached to them, Arjuna. (Bhagavadgītā, 3.28)
  • Arjuna, as the unwise act with attachment, so should the wise man, with a view to maintain the world order, act without attachment. (Bhagavadgītā, 3.25)
  • Arjuna, there is no duty in all the three worlds for Me to perform, nor is there anything worth attaining, unattained by Me; yet I continue to work. (Bhagavadgītā, 3.22)
  • Therefore, go on efficiently doing your duty at all times without attachment. Doing work without attachment man attains the Supreme. (Bhagavadgītā, 3.19)
  • Arjuna, he who does not follow the wheel of creation thus set going in this world i.e., does not perform his duties, leads a sinful and sensual life, he lives in vain. (Bhagavadgītā, 3.16)
  • The virtuous who partake of what is left over after sacrifice, are absolved of all sins. Those sinful ones who cook for the sake of nourishing their bodies alone, partake of sin only. (Bhagavadgītā, 3.13)