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Gita Sakthi

Third Chapter Sloka - 35

 
"Shreyaan swa dharmo vigunaha para dharmaat anusthitaah;
Swadharme nidhanam shreyaha para dharmo bhayaavahaha.."

This means "To do one's Dharma (duty) is good, even if it is a small and un-rewarding job. To die doing one's duty (Dharma) is the best course. One should not try to do some one else’s Dharma, because to do others jobs is dangerous".

Simple example to understand this is to understand the work of our body organs. Imagine the consequence of a anus cell trying to do the work of a liver cell. The anus cell's work is as important of the liver cell. If the anus cell does not do its work, then there is constipation and the whole body suffers.

How do I know about my Dharma? This sloka is easy to understand. But the biggest problem is to understand what is one's Dharma and how to know it and when and how to perform One's Dharma.

Is Dharma isdecided by the family hereditary I am born?.

Has Dharma to do with right and wrong?

Has Dharma to do with profession?

Dharma is that which when protected, will protect us in return".

Okay!  I understand I have to protect something called Dharma, but where can I find my Dharma to protect it?

There are many views on Dharma, how do I know which is the correct view?. The Truth does not matter with our views, but in the reality of the loss and gains of holding on to that views. Every view has its own loss and gains. We focus only on gains but the awareness should be on the loss because we cannot bear the suffering of loss. Therefore we have to change the view that gives a loss that we cannot bear.

My Dharma:

1. I am this physical body: If you identify your "MY" as a physical body, then take care of your body, by eating right food at the right time.

Eating food that is good for all parts of your body is the right eating and doing actions that is good for all parts of your body is right living. (read this)

To eat organic whole-foods even if it is un-rewarding to the taste of tongue or expensive (kill our savings), is the best course. Just because others are eating junk food, do not eat it, because it is dangerous for the body".

2. I am this mind: If you identify you are the mind, then protect your mind from unhealthy thoughts. Protecting the mind is through a process  called Culture. Protect your internal culture  and naturally your external culture will be protected and then you will be protected. 

"To nuture good thoughts example, thoughts of being Truthful or loyal may be  un-rewarding in life. One may lose (die) good oppurtunities by sticking on to these principles, but is still the best course. One should not try to do some one else’s choices of being untruthful or disloyal, because it  is dangerous".

Do not entertain thoughts in your mind and do actions that others do not want to do to you. This is Dharma.

3. I am the intelligence: If you identify yourself to be the intelligence, then think with discrimination (viveka) more than logically.

What is the difference between logic and Viveka? Logic is to think without any bias or preference. Viveka is to think without any bias or preference and execute an action that has a clear understanding of the loss that one cannot bear for a long or extended time.

Example - Choose a profession that is good to improve the quality of other's (public) life. It may not pay one in the begining, it could be a small one,

To do one's Dharma (duty) is good, even if it is a small and un-rewarding job. To die doing one's duty (Dharma) is the best course. One should not try to do some one else’s Dharma, because to do others jobs is dangerous".

Do not choose logics and do actions that others do not want to do to you

4. I am the Self-Awareness: If you identify yourself as your Self-Awareness, then self-reflect that in all actions you do.

To do Self-reflectiveness (Self-analysis) is good, even if it is a small and un-rewarding job. There may be loss (die) of time doing this action is the best course. One should not try to criticize others  because it is dangerous, but be self-critical in one's action and evolve.

Do not criticize  "those" actions  that others do not want to do to you

5. I am the Unconditional Consciousness: If you have no individuality identification , but feel everything as your own Self, is the highest Dharma. To help others is good, even if it is a small and un-rewarding (non-profit) job. To loss (your time and energy) doing one's duty (Dharma) is the best course. One should not try to leave others others to do the work for soceity, because lack of self-responsibility is dangerous.

When every individual does Dharma at all the five levels, that protects in return , eternally.

Please give your comments or discuss your doubts in this forum.

 

Five-Swa-Dharma

Sakthi Gita

A Spiritual understanding and not religious thought


                  Rejecting  Bhagavad Gita just because Hindus read it  as a holy book,   is similar to rejecting YOGA, Ayurveda , Meditation as a medicinal system  that will benefit only Hindus of India. Bhagavad Gita is a universal teaching that helps every human being to overcome  suffering and attain inner peace. So a person born to any religious or spiritual background would see the same Truth more vividly explained through this teaching.  Like Yoga and meditation the knowledge given through Bhagavad Gita helps us to overcome physical or mental suffering, mainly stress. We recommend first to read about stress, its chemistry and the harm it does to our physical and mental health in the Sakthi-foundation web page (Please click here to read about stress).

Sakthi-Gita is not for any religious "Conversion" but for mental and physical health

            Being religious is different from being spiritual. Being religious (theist) is to be fanatic about a belief system. Atheist are also religious in their belief system. A spiritual is different from a theist and an atheist.  To be spiritual means to have an enquiring attitude:  to enquire about our own spirit or nature. This enquiring attitude  is not because of any fear in life, but because of curiosity which is the characteristic feature that distinguish from a man and an animal. To be human is not to just eat, have sex and die. Every  animal does eat, have sex and die. But human is an evolved animal who has the  “Quest” to know the mystery of this universe and life. A religious theist and an atheist enquires for proof only to prove their belief system. A spiritual is an unbiased attitude who works with his inner faculty and Sakthi-Gita is a path of enquiry.

        Here we take the spiritual path of enquiry initially for health benefits, especially to overcome stress.  Mental stress is the biggest killer and the root cause of all physical and mental ailments.  Hence we are here to understand the mystery of our own mind and make our lives better.

Why to know Bhagavad Gita or Sakthi-Gita?

      As we have mentioned above, we are not here for a religious belief system but for a rational enquiry about mind being the key factor in health and disease. The interesting fact is that Gita is a means for this enquiry which not only unfolds the mystery of the mind but also in the end helps us to get answers for the mystery of this Universe and our own Life. So Gita is purely an enquiring approach and not something you read and believe.

         The answer to the question , why do we chose Gita for such an enquiry lies in its content, style,  approach and the Truth it delivers. As you might know the Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between two  kings in a battle field. It is interesting that the King Krishna becomes a charioteer for another King Arjuna. Krishna is worshipped as God due to his practical wisdom he lived and showed for mankind for all generations. His whole message of life was delivered to his cousin and king Arjuna as Bhagavad Gita. Gita is not a religious teaching as many wrongly interpret. It is a dialogue between two kings when one of them sought the other  in a dilemmatic situation in the battle field (Mahabharata war).

       The dilemma of King Arjuna sprang forth when we saw his grandparents, teachers, cousins, friends and relatives in the enemy's side. Even though the enemy made his life miserable, he considered it was immoral  to fight the war and  kill them to attain the Kingdom. We often get into the state of Arjuna's frame of mind in almost everyday in our life. we have the question about right and wrong, morality, ethics etc. If we understand the source from which these questions arise we would also tap to a source for answers too.

     So Bhagavad Gita is an approach to address these mental issues that brings stress in our minds. While we are unaware of being caught in our own whirlpool of  negativities, we try to pursue liberation from it  through spiritual means without understanding the implications of the practices.  The purpose of understanding Gita is to understand the implications of pursuing the enquiring of spiritual path in proper light.

 

Like Arjuna, we all confront dilemma in life. When we ask others, we get conflicting and contradicting answers and we become more confused. Arjuna asked Krishna, who give the right methodology to deal with dilemma. Krishna gave the Universal Self Energy pattern which is what is called as Samkya Yoga, the very second chapter of Gita.

Please click the links of dilemma and Universal Self Energy pattern to know more.

 

 

Clicke to continue to read about Uniqueness of Sakthi Gita.

Our Inner Conflict

        What we are going to "achieve" through Sakthi Gita  is inner peace. This inner peace is not some thing which we have to gain. Inner peace is already  there in us  but  because of our inner conflicts we are not aware of it.  Only in brief moments of happiness we get a glimpse of the inner peace.  We then crave to maintain that blissful state and we think that "doing" something we can maintain that peaceful state. It is due to ignorance we are not  aware of the fact that Peace is our real "Nature".

           We are not aware that our real nature is peace or silence because  of the constant rambling noises in our mind. The  inner conflicts of our mind prevent us from being peaceful. Gita helps us  to over come inner conflicts by reveling  the agents in our mind  that cause the conflicts. Like a story it portrays  who or what  is involved in this conflict.

        We will understand that the conflict is between the "Ego" which is an attitude that denies the reality. The Ego wants every thing inside and outside of the way it want to be. It dictates its own rules  and wants everything to happens according to its likes and dislikes. It webs its own  "Matrix" world and want to rule that fictional world. Any thing that threatens its powers , it ruthlessly destroys.

The "I"  World

         Our predominant thought is the "I" thought. "I" want this, "I"  do not want this. "I" want this way and not that way. "I"  like and do not like that. "I" want her or him to behave and  talk in a manner that is pleasing to me. "I"  want things to unfold in the way "I" feel good about it. We will stop here because we are experiencing this "I"  thought every moment of life. This "I thought is referred to the Ego in Gita and all Vedic texts.  Having known about the "I" and the problems it creates we will see its connection to the mind and its affairs.

|The Mind and the Ego

          As we understand the Ego is an attitude born in the mind. To symbolically represent we can say that the Ego is the son of the blind mind. If the blind mind can be taken as a Blind king ruling over a kingdom called the body, then the Ego is the Prince. What is mind?. Mind is just flow of thoughts. Why is the mind blind?  Like a blind man who has no eyes of his own but depends on  other's eyes, the Mind  depends on senses to know what is happening inside and  outside of the body. Mind is just flow of thoughts and knows no direction.

             This Mind has hundreds of thoughts, but the predominant or the eldest thought is the "I" thought , the Ego thought. The Mind cannot think without the feeling of  "I" thought. So the Mind has a blind attachment or affection to its son Ego. Knowing this weakness of the father, the  son Mr. Ego,  grabs POWER  and makes the mind its own puppet. Look at the irony,  instead of the prince (Ego) obeying the King (mind) , the mind dance to the tune of the Ego. You can imagine though history,  the condition of a kingdom, which has a blind king serving his Ego prince.

          This is exactly the condition of our own mind and body.   How can the body (kingdom) be free of diseases and sufferings when our Ego is concerned only in executing its own likes and dislikes and not bothered about the welfare of its citizens. We eat unhealthy foods or use alcohol and drugs just for the Ego ignoring the damages it cause to the body. Isn't this hypocritical? 

         The Ego decides to experience a feeling which it considers great. The mind caters to its need. When the Ego demands this more often then it is called addiction. We have different types of addiction some in the form of habits like coffee, tea, alcohol, smoking, munching potato chips, eating highly spicy foods, eating too much sweets, craving for sex  and the list continues. Have you ever analyzed about your addiction or habits and who demands this addiction?  The body does not  crave for any of these "things". Then where is the craving or addiction coming from?

What is different and Unique about Sakthi Gita?

We are clear that about understanding Bhagavad Gita as a means of overcoming mental stress for a healthy life. There are many spiritual books and out of that we have chosen Gita because it is a book that can be easily understood from the stand point that it reveals our mental conflicts and helplessness in making decisions in life. The best part is that through symbolic story of the Mahabharata war, it reflects each and every aspect of our inner conflicts.

           The beauty of Bhagavad Gita is that it vividly portrays our mental traumas and illusionary beliefs and fancies in life as characters in the story. The struggle between our positive and negative thoughts can be symbolized as the two armies fighting the Mahabharata war. Mahabharata is a real historical event happened but the greatness of the author Sage Vyasa is that he in parallel brings out our own inner conflicts while narrating the story.  |Mahabharata is thus an amazing work marveling in literary, artistic, social, scientific, political, philosophical and psychological aspects.

            Bhagavad Gita was given on the first day of Mahabharata war and so becomes unique among all spiritual works. Gita is an enquiry on our inner faculties of  mind, ego, intellect, awareness and consciousness,  origin of universe, the mind,  the body and its connection to the mind not to mention about imprisoning mind and the means to liberation. Since we are interested to liberate ourselves from the imprisoning Ego aspect of the mind, Gita is the most suitable means to achieve  peaceful life.

Sakthi -Gita

     Through Sakthi-Gita we are going to discuss the practical aspect of freeing the mind from Ego and relieve stress and be at peace which  in-fact our true nature. Sakthi Gita is a means to practice (path of enquiry)  in everyday life which would help us to overcome emotional stress to lead a healthy life and also spiritual life.  Without practice or walking the path of enquiry, we would know the Truth at the intellectual level but never experience it.

              Before going to the details of Sakthi-Gita we will first have an overlook on our inner conflicts of mind.

Please click here to continue to read more about our inner conflict    

Ego -The villain

           It is the Ego feeling or  "I" thought that craves and the bottom line for addiction. All mental and physical problems stems from the "I" feeling.  The "I"  feeling instead of helping the body, ruthlessly rips off health of  the body.   "I" want to experience  spicy taste no matter my stomach hurts and develop ulcers.  "I" want to experience to "refresh" with coffee no matter if it dehydrates my body  and make my body cells suffer in thirst. "I" want to experience dull-mindedness  with alcohol  no matter if it hurts my  liver and all other body organs..

            The moment the Ego gets the mind to dance to its whims and tunes, the body is completely forgotten. But every time when we try these body damaging experiences some thing in us warns about the consequences and that is our intellect. The intellect is like a wise minister or counselor who is concerned about the welfare of the people and of the king . It will warn the blind's king attitude of dancing to the tunes of its Ego prince as dooming the kingdom, the body. Such a blind king will wake up only when the citizens wake up and revolt against the autocratic  rule of the king. As we had discussed earlier disease is an alarm of the dys-functioning of the mind affecting the body and requires immediate attention. So the waking up call of the citizens  is the disease alarm.

Peaceful kingdom

          How can maintain Peace always?. When the mind (king) rules the kingdom (body) sticking to  law and the advice of the ministers without the selfish attitude of pleasing his son, the Ego, there would be peace in the Kingdom.  A king (mind) who rules with his own inner strength and not being a puppet in the hands of his Egoistic son, would bring peaceful reign.

          The above kingdom is an ideal kingdom. But what if there is no peace, there is total confusion and no direction in life?  If there a way out? Can something be done for the blind king (mind) its own strength and bring peace to the kingdom? Yes and that is the purpose of this Sakthi Gita.  Gita is the essence of Mahabharata.  The above story of our mind and Ego is the theme of Mahabharata. Our inner conflict is the Mahabharata war. Reading this Sakthi Gita not only we regain our inner strength but also know our real nature which is not this body, this mind, the intellect or this ego. Our true nature is one and the same but called in different names in different traditions - Soul, Spirit, Atma, God, Consciousness, Peace, Being, Reality etc.

Healing diseases of the mind and the body.

       Through Sakthi-Gita, one can heal the diseases of the mind and the body. As you have read in the health section in Sakthi Foundation web page, stress in the mind is the root cause for all the diseases. At a subtle level, the stress in the mind is due to its inner conflicts. If we can distinctly see the Ego and through that we can overcome stress in the mind, addictive habits, inner conflicts, deep wounds of the mind and all negative tendencies of the mind. Purifying all these aspects of the mind one can heal diseases of the mind and the body. This approach is not a temporary solution but a long lasting approach to regain peace in us, at all levels.

         Before introducing this approach to public on internet , we and our friends tried it and got amazing results. Many of our friends told us that for the  first time they were able to understand how the Ego plays tricks in the minds. They viewed their own Ego curbing all their attempts to let free the mind from its prison and realize its own power. This approach is like an adventure or like watching a movie since we observe our own thoughts. Through this path we understand the mystery  of the mind.

In the Uni5 model, ego is not only the Self destructive individual's enemy but also resrources exploiting, world's enemy too. It is a thug in the Self, rooted in flesh, bone and blood. It continues its rebirth again and again and takes the shine of God. It breaks the laws of life, fearlessly it judges others. It tries to control the whole universe, for sky is it limit. 

Please click here to continue to read briefly the story of Mahabharata.