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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 21

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The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.

Thought4TheDay (17.10.2017)

Lord Krishna says, “Arjuna, I am the pure smell of the earth, the heat and energy of fire, life in all living beings, and the devotion and penance of all seekers.” “I am the immortal seed of life on Earth. I am the wisdom of the wise and I am the divinity of the divine.”

“I am the power and the ability, without attachment or ego of the powerful. In all living beings, the presence of Kama or the sexual desire as laid down in the scriptures is also Me.”

The power and force behind all progress is the embodiment of the Lord Almighty. Therefore, excellence in any worldly activity is not possible without His grace. This knowledge inspires us to pursue perfection in performance of our duty, as the force behind the pursuit is also created by Him. All achievements, material or spiritual, realised in an effort for the upliftment of the society and growth of human values constitute our service and devotion to the Lord Almighty. Thus, there is no time to loose.

Thought4TheDay (16.10.2017)

The Lord Almighty says, “Arjuna, once you understand the advice given to you by the wise, you will no longer get into the fits of attachment and emotions. You will first understand yourself and then observe My presence in everything, everywhere.” “Even if you are a sinner, you will cross over the sea of sins with the help of the boat created by knowledge and wisdom. All your sins will die out.”

“Because, Arjuna, just as the raging fire burns away the entire fuel, the fire of wisdom will burn away all your ill actions and the effects thereof.”

That is the importance and result of pursuit of knowledge and imbibing wisdom in your being. If we look back, each one of us may have been involved in such actions as our conscience would not have allowed, but emotions were too strong to be stopped by the conscience. So, what is the remedy? The strong desire for the pursuit of knowledge and perseverance to acquire it. Propagating knowledge is the best service to humanity, the Lord Almighty.

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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 20

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The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.

Thought4TheDay (15.10.2017)

There are innumerable benefits of reading The Bhagavad Gita daily. The most significant of these is that it inspires us to love our jobs. We get committed to performance of our duty.

Today, let’s recall what great people throughout the world have said about The Bhagavad Gita, and also how the thoughts propounded in the great book of knowledge are reflected in what these great men say and/or do:

Albert Einstein: “When I read the Bhagavad Gita and reflect about how Good created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.”

Aldous Huxley: ” The Bhagavad Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind…” Comments of others as below:

Thought4TheDay (14.10.2017)

Benefits of reading The Bhagavad Gita Yesterday, I had talked about the first two benefits: that it enhances courage and that we are inspired to pursue knowledge. Now, further:

3. Listening Skills. The entire dialogue between the Lord Almighty and Arjuna makes us understand the importance of listening skills. Most people,today, listen to reply. In the process the moment we find that we strongly differ from what the speaker has said, we stop listening and further. We wait for him/her to stop so that we can express ourselves and prove how wrong they are and how right is the opinion we hold. We find from the great book of knowledge that Arjuna is ignorant of many things which are explained to him. But he carefully listens and then asks such questions which are most relevant for properly understanding what has been said. Many management Gurus rightly say that importance of listening cannot be exaggerated.

2. Emotional Intelligence. The reading helps develop our emotional intelligence. In the beginning of the book, we find that Arjuna is very in this vital human quality. That’s why he tells Lord Krishna that he will not fight. But as the dialogue proceeds, we find Arjuna’s emotional intelligence develop. (to be continued)

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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 19

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The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.

Thought4TheDay (13.10.2017)

There are many benefits that we can draw from reading The Bhagavad Gita daily. On one side it grants us knowledge, so very important to live life significantly, on the other, we become capable to face ups and downs of life. To my mind, the following benefits are very significant for human personality.

  1. The reading develops courage. In the first chapter, we find that Arjuna is tormented with grief and feels so weak that he cannot even hold his bow and arrow. In life, whenever one faces such highly emotional situations, unless you are in control, you tend to become weak. But Lord Krishna helps Arjuna to control his emotions and not loose his valour for which he is known. Since the Lord Almighty is always with us, we must never loose our courage and deal with the difficulties upfront.
  2. Importance of pursuit of knowledge for all human beings is both the explicit and implicit message of the great book of knowledge. We never know enough. Anyone who looses quest for knowledge, in fact, looses interest in life. It becomes a burden, whereas, actually it’s a unique gift. (to be continued)

Thought4TheDay (12.10.017)

Lord Krishna said, “The person who remembers Me even at the time of his life and leaves the body while remembering Me, in fact, attains Me undoubtedly”.

“At the end of the human life, whichever aspect is remembered by the dying man, he assumes the same form in the next birth. The simple reason for this is that he remained with that particular aspect throughout his life”.

Performance of one’s duty without selfish motive constitutes the work which is dedicated to the Lord Almighty. Because there is no selfish motive; such actions contribute to the development of society. It’s for the benefit and progress of humanity.

Any ethical enterprise which meets the human needs and helps the human development or the society at large is recommended. Greed and lust for power should not be allowed to replace the genuine effort for growth. These are not even good even for the entrepreneur as greed has no limits and lust for power is never satisfied. Both lead to disastrous results.

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Traffic In Mumbai

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One of the big problems today faced by metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai should be dealt with forthright. Else, it will be too late. Traffic and its wild growth constitutes one of the biggest problems for these cities primarily, though it is present in other major cities of the country as well.

It’s is a big pain in peoples’ life today, especially for working population. People are always in a fear of getting stuck in traffic and not reaching the required place on time. Even in an emergency one is unable to reach at the right place just because of the traffic.

Today, I am going to discuss the causes of traffic in Mumbai and possible solutions to this problem.

There are many causes for traffic like: 1- Lack of driving sense, 2- people breaking traffic rules/signals without fear, 3- unstructured roads for big vehicles, 4- Bribing, 5-Inefficient traffic Police

Few People with good financial status are least bothered about the traffic rules or signals; they break rules and have no fear to face the traffic police as they have other solution to come out of it is  not so nice but it works, bribe.

Breaking traffic rules is not only the cause but the lack of driving sense among people is one more concern, especially rickshaw drivers. People with two wheeler are always in a hurry to reach location their location as if they are the only ones who are most time conscious.

Unstructured roads, where even big vehicles are also allowed, create a mess on the road. Even when the traffic can be manageable; it gets worse because of our not so efficient police. They are rarely available whenever needed most.

Traffic leads to one more problem which is really dangerous to our health is the Pollution. The fumes and the dangerous gasses are playing havoc with the heath of people, especially children and frail adults.

However, there are a few causes which can be under our control.

Today in Mumbai, more than 76 Lakhs people travel by local trains every day. We can hardly imagine the condition of Mumbai and traffic if local trains would have not been the lifeline of Mumbai.

As Mumbai is having a good advantage of local trains, they are somehow pulling on. But everyday there are a number of deaths due to one reason or the other. Now, people have one more option, of using cabs or pool cabs rather than taking out their own vehicles. Today, OLA or Uber and many other cab services are easily available, just a click away on your phone. And in Ola or Uber they have started Pool cabs also, which is one step ahead in reducing pollution and traffic. For example, If four people take their own cars on the road for office, it will cause far more traffic than four people traveling in a pool cab. Surely, it would help mitigating the  problems of pollution and traffic.

Other solution can be same as what Delhi has started following. Odd and even concept which definitely helps to control traffic and pollution.

Many organizations in Mumbai can also contribute in controlling the traffic by changing their office timing by department wise. So, when all people will not have to leave their home at the same time, less number of people will come out on the road at a particular time. This will definitely help to control traffic.

But whatever solutions have been discussed above can only help when we are organized and disciplined. So until and unless we start following rules with proper driving sense, nothing is going to help to resolve this dire issue. For corruption also we are the ones who are encouraging these practices. So if we stop giving bribe to traffic police, then they are bound to be more efficient in their role. So, we have to first help ourselves and then we can help Mumbai to handle traffic issue.

Thanks for reading,

The Bhagavad Gita Talks 18

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The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.

Thought4TheDay (11.10.2017)

Yesterday, we had seen that according to The Bhagavad Gita the three inherent Gunas or tendencies that determine our actions are: satava, Rajas & tamas. We had also observed how ea ch of these manifests itself in our activities. The first thing that we must do is to understand that at any moment which of these three gunas it tendencies are dominant. Tamas should not be allowed to become me prominent in any case.

Our goals, when these are to achieve some worldly possessions will require conscious, committed actions which we must perform as a duty if we seriously want to achieve our goals. Since these gunas or tendencies are never mutually exclusive, we need to ensure that along with our commitment to following the plan of action, we need to take care that the attributes of satava are always present in our hard-work for any achievement.

Our realistic goals will also give us satisfaction in the highly competitive world today; satisfaction of working for the growing needs of our family members. Besides, they r more likely to adopt our path and the togetherness will bring peace in the family. In any case, materialistic goals should never be allowed to turn into greed.

Thought4TheDay (10.10.2017)

According to The Bhagavad Gita, our actions are triggered and happen due to three categories of the ‘gunas’ or inherant tendencies. These tendencies and their attributes are as under:

  1. Satava which augments quest for knowledge. One starts pursuit of understanding life, accepting as it is. Wisdom is gained to devote time and effort to do our duty for the growth and progress of society. One is happy with himself/herself and lives a significant life peacefully.
  2. Rajas makes one ambitious. Such endeavors are undertaken which may win worldly possessions, power and reputation. One wants to dominate others, and become an authority. Hyper activity, being in a hurry pervades the life. Excitement over achievements and anguish over failures rule life.
  3. Tamas makes one lazy, inactive and inert. He/she loses interest in life and languish listlessly; loss of any initiative, wasteful activities come to the fore. The person procrastinates on everything. It’s almost getting into hibernation without any need and/or possible benefits. In short, one loses self-esteem altogether and becomes good for nothing. (to be continued)

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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 17

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The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.

Thought4TheDay (09.10.2017)

The dialogue between the Lord Almighty, Krishna, and Arjuna sets an example of perfect communication. Krishna tries to explain meaning of life, importance of understanding one’s duty and devotedly performing the same in simple language. However, due to complexity of the subject, Arjuna is not able to grasp and assimilate many things. In such situations, even knowing fully well that Krishna is God Almighty, Arjuna questions the Ideas propounded by the Lord. He does not accept everything without understanding, without talking about his personal difficulties in respect of views, advice or direction.

Their frank and free dialogue teaches us the importance of assertiveness. Assertiveness, among other things, also means that never say ‘yes’ if you need or want to say ‘no’. But we must know how to say ‘no’. By and large people hesitate in doing so. The result is that either they slog and suffer or they prove themselves to be unreliable. Lack of ability to be assertive on the part of the employees and unclear and poor communications cause immense loss to the organisations. At home this inadequacy plays havoc in the family relationships.

Thought4The Day (08.10.2017)

Lord Krishna said, “I had imparted knowledge about the traditional yoga to the sun Lord Surya. He had communicated the same to his son Vivasvan Manu who in turn taught the same to his son Ikshvaku”.

” In this manner descending from the old traditions, this yoga became known to the kings and the saints. But after that, for a long time, this yoga had gone to the oblivion and vanished from the earth…..you are my disciple, my devotee and my dear friend. Therefore, I have explained the yoga (knowledge) to you.”

Arjun asked the Lord how is it possible when He is born now, whereas Surya was born ages ago. Then, Lord Krishna explains about the repetitive births of the soul and that while He remembers, Arjuna does not, as the later is an ordinary human being.”

We observe that Arjuna asks Lord the Almighty anything that he doesn’t understand without any hesitation. But, today, we commoners hesitate to ask questions to the Gurus and our bosses even when we do not understand. This results in fallacious knowledge and the consequent avoidable problems.

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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 16

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The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.

Thought4TheDay (07.10.2017)

In literature, verisimilitude denotes semblance of reality. Great authors are adept in creating verisimilitude to heighten the effect of storytelling.

The fact is that this reality itself is an illusion- maya created by the Almighty. In this illusory world, people become bound by this maya. They keep on playing their roles without realising what they are up to, without stopping to think, who am I, what I am doing or what is my goal.

Therefore, knowledge is given such an elevated status. Knowledge enables you to see through this maya. Knowledge brings the realisation that accumulating worldly possessions is of little gain if the person has to trade his personal peace to achieve these.

The knowledgeable know this deeply. He/she carries out their duty in an unattached fashion and lives life accordingly. But the knowledgeable is advised by the Almighty Himself not to disrupt people of lesser wisdom who remain engaged in performance of their duty for material gains.

Nevertheless, they too contribute to the growth of human society, humanity at large.

Thought4TheDay (06.10.2017)

There are certain wrong impressions about the core message of The Bhagavad Gita. It’s often believed that according to the great book of knowledge an individual has the obligation to perform his duty. But he or she has no right over the fruit or the result of their efforts. It’s a myth. When you perform your duty wholeheartedly, the results are bound to be good, and these are all yours. The core message of The Bhagavad Gita is that we should not be attached with the results. We should not keep on looking at the desired fruits of our efforts.

Things don’t happen the way we have planned. When we keep expecting the fruit or fulfilling of the personal interests, the quality of our efforts will be affected. In fact, that is shortsightedness. It leads to, or is the root cause of corruption. We start taking shortcuts. We want to become rich overnight. One thing leads to another. Greed grows. The final result is disastrous.

Making efforts as your duty demands, without attachment, would mean that we remain unperturbed because of the on the job rebuffs. We will keep following the right path. Achievement will surely come in proper time. So, a feeling that we have no right over the fruits of efforts is fallacious.

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