Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Train ur body n mind for d battle of life

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||
 We observe that the question in front of Arjuna and Duryodhana are the same. Eknathji therefore says - Struggle is not with the external world but with the internal world. He further illustrates it by saying : To win in the battle - training of body and mind is a must. The individuals are forced to act otherwise by the temptations. Thus, the struggle arises because of the conscience. Remove the conscience, and there is no struggle. The better the knowledge, the sharper is the conscience and more formidable becomes the struggle. Here the struggle is not with the external world but a struggle within one's own self. The mind soars high and even higher, but we do not prove a match to it. One's own level together with the ideas of good and expectations create a keen struggle. "High thinking and plain living" is a good principle, but very difficult to practice. We know of people who can be described as "high thinking and petty living".

Having known these facts, the need is to raise ourselves. How to do it? What is practical solution to it? Eknathji says : How to rise to the ideas and prove equal to them is the great problem. There arise objections and obstructions in every work that you desire to undertake. People take delight in aspiring for broad outlook and if any one starts a good work for a small group of people it appears to be narrow to them and they will go on increasing the field of work to the Hindus and then to all the Indians and above this for the universe and ultimately for the whole animal world. But what about translating the ideas that we cherish? Here the struggle starts. In 1962, we lost the battle with China because our army was not trained in mountain warfare. Thereafter a special "mountain division" was created and the necessary training was imparted to them. Germany had to fight in the hot climate of Egypt and also in the severe cold climate of Russia. So she created artificial climate and trained her troops to fight in similar climatic conditions. Thus battle demands rigorous training. So, one has to train one's body and mind for the battle of life.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

who impels action?

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||
Eknathji quotes from Gita :
Atha kena prayuktoyam papam charati purusha
Anichchannapi Varshneya baladiva niyojitah BG -III.36
"Oh son of Vrishnis, propelled by whom does the man perform a sin, even though reluctant, but commanded, as if, by force".

Its import need to be understood well.There are likes and dislikes with reference to every sense object and all one has to do is not to fall under their spell. It was also said that even though one's svadharma, what one must do, is not very pleasant, it is better to follow that than to follow something else that is more pleasing and convenient.

Hearing all of this in terms of Karma-yoga, Arjuna asked what it is that impels a person to perform an action that he or she knows is not proper. Some kind of pleasure may be there, but still the person knows that the action is not becoming and will produce sin, dukkha. If the person did not know, of course, it would be different and understandable.

Why does a person do a karma that he or she knows to be an improper action Impelled by whom or why does he or she do this action?
Arjuna described such a person as one who is as though impelled or pushed into performing improper actions by some force implying a devilish force. Further, the person is pushed into it, even though he or she does not want to do it. The person knows it is not right, anicchan, meaning that he or she does not have any real intellectual value for performing such action. But still, it is done. Why? Impelled by whom? This, was Arjuna's question.
    Duryodhana also said the similar things which Mananeeya Eknathji quotes. Duryodhana had said : 'in whichever way I am impelled by the one sitting in my heart, in that way I do'

Thus we find, both Arjuna and Duryodhana had the same question, 'Who or what is it that is sitting in the mind forcing the person to do what he or she knows to be wrong, even when the person does not want to do it?'

Take care of temptations

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||
Eknathji says in lunatic asylum there is no struggle about what is to be done and what is to be avoided. For them everything is fine and that alone is the life. Are we all also live in such an asylum? Do we also take care when things come in front of us? Rather, that lack of control alone results into all the problems in the world. Sanyam - control is all important. And the more we exercise control, the problems keep on increasing. Citing the example of Duryodhana, Eknathji says :
In the case of persons like Duryodhana, the struggle is still worse. He knew what Dharma was and what constituted Adhrma.
Janami Dharmam na cha me pravrittihi Janamyadharmam na cha me nivruttihi
Kenapi devena hridi sthitena yatha niyuktosmi tatha karomi
"I know Dharma but I am not inclined to follow it; I know Adharma, but I do not refrain from it. I do as I am goaded by a certain power residing in my heart."
Thus, the struggle is greater.

Ekanthji further cautions us about the saj-dhaj kar aave aakarshan - the temptations that come in front of us. Moving away from it requires a resolute will. But it takes time to form and so gradually and through understanding, constant introspecting, we need to move onward. Eknathji says :
Again a person knows his duties well, he struggles strenuously for the fulfillment of his duties, but the temptations intervene. The tongue allures a person to eat something which has been prohibited to him for his good. Thus, the organs both of sense and activity do not co-operate. The Gita has aptly described the situation in the verse:
Atha kena prayuktoyam papam charati purusha
Anichchannapi Varshneya baladiva niyojitah BG -III.36
"Oh son of Vrishnis, propelled by whom does the man perform a sin, even though reluctant, but commanded, as if, by force".