Thought, Decision, Action

This post is continuation of Selfless Deeds : Karma

The timer of Karma(Action with intent) keeps ticking as we are in action all the time. Be it selfish or selfless thoughts, decision or actions. Once that is sorted out, emotions come to picture like cloud.

Decision – Tolerate or Face or Walk away

Have you wondered if we handle situations and apply key decisions conciously?

On one occasion I was in a heated situation with a senior relative. I was provoked to speak against my family. I was asked to take decision spontaneously. My mind as usual started with hundreds of thoughts and questions to tackle that moment. At times emotions emerged too. Anger too visited me. Taking stock of that situation I was thinking of Karma – the Action, like what Arjuna faced in Kurukshetra. Since my mind was not in control, fortunately I tried to resolve it by ignoring the response for the words hurled at me. As it involves issue of a senior family member and if I heat up I could tear the conversation apart and make it worse. This is what something which was appreciated by another relative that you faced it well.

Then something stuck to me that I ignored and faced it at the same time. But the perspective changed for many.

Atleast now what I see is three ways to live a life or handle a situation or communicate –

  1. Tolerate whatever comes through.
  2. Be courageous, take responsibility and change it.
  3. Run Away or Ignore.

Example: Career, Marriage etc.

Note: In all situations you should be in control.
I may not be a master in all these as these need to be applied in different situation or different people. But one thing is for sure your decision making will have an impact on Selfless Duty only if you look long term to see what the situation may look like after it is applied. That far sightedness may only come after you are attentive and concious of situation or conversation. Plus tons of experience handling people.

Once the thought is decided you cannot take the intention back. Once you have taken the decision, you can review your self if that is right or wrong. But once action is done you cannot take it back. You only have to review the consequences of it and note it down in your memory. Apply it next time as a correction.

This is also Ambiguity of Duty (Dharma Sankat) when a decision is done. Sometimes we want to speak truth but we hestiatate because a question arises in us what if we hurt them ? What if we make them angry? We fear with this thought. And we take decision to speak false. According to Bhagwat Gita, Lord Shri Krishna says no matter what we need to speak the truth. That is the moment when we conquer our fears and overcome Ambiguity of Duty.

Do let me know your thoughts too.

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The Power of Practice

In continuation to my previous post Respond or React, I came across this challenge to sustain the skill of calm response to anyone. It is my understanding that as humans we make mistakes and we learn from them. We do forget past learnings and we perform same mistakes again. This cycle continues until you get frustrated and want to take action. It is like the baby who get frustrated when it cannot standup, it tries and tries. But never gives up. Finally, it stands on it’s feet happily.

Practice makes you Perfect

If we pay close attention to our habits we see that our lifestyle has pattern as we age. We follow a routine at each stage of our life until we get perfect or totally find that routine as useless. That routine is practiced almost daily. Slowly we change or modify the routine according to our convenience.

Once we get to know the perfect learning of a task or routine we need to practice it. Practice should not be an obsessed one. It should be accommodated to our routine on specific time of the day so that there is continuity in the routine. Once you keep a note of this then the mind will try to divert you of course. But practice is essential if you want your mind to absorb it.

I am using the word ‘task’ to generalize use of practice. Example: Practicing a music instrument as task will lead the user towards perfection.

Why practice is powerful ?

  • The repeated action makes the task steps to absorb in our mind, which usually gets carried away.
  • In our worst times too our mind helps do the task. Suppose if you are very disturbed by an incident or you are tensed, and you are asked to perform then you just give instructions to mind to do the task. The mind will obey you as you have practiced a lot.
  • Practice makes the task go next level. I am sure many of us will try to enhance it. There is improvisation, innovation and improvment.
  • Any task during practice, let’s you know your limitations of your system. It makes you know your strength and weakness. So you make most by practicing to convert your weakness to strength if any.

How can you achieve consistent practice?

  • You may need to keep tab on the task each day by planning well and include the task split into smaller bits.
  • Remind yourself of the task well in advance.
  • You may miss the task due to some reason. It’s okay if faults are done. Keep going.
  • Sometimes you may feel that too much of continuity may frustrate or bore you. The only way is to trick your mind and keep it motivated in a way you want.

Do let me know your practice mantra too and your results.

Food – Ayurveda Way of Life

Based on previous post Mind Mood Food, this post is based on a query that if there are any rules specified.

Some of the common ayurvedic rules have been specified below. In Ayurveda it is said that nature of body changes while it ages. Kapha (upto age of 15), Pitta (upto age of 35-40), Vata (above 45 years). So to keep all natures balanced below are some of the ayurvedic rules which are simple to follow. Also it depends in the region we live and the season we are in.

  1. Don’t drink water immediately after Meals. Ideally drink water before an hour and after meals one and half hours. You can sip water only if food is stuck to your throat.
  2. We need to drink Juice immediately (after breakfast), drink lassi/curd (after noon), drink warm milk (at night). People living in cold areas have low blood pressure, hence they drink tea and coffee. The routine could change if your doctor says so. For strength sometimes doctor asks to drink milk in the morning.
  3. Drink any liquid sip by sip (like animals, birds drink they use saliva to heal their diseases). Saliva is most alkaline, hence it should be swallowed while sipping water or having food, to balance body acidity.
  4. Cold or ice water needs to be avoided completely.
  5. We should avoid using toothpaste instead use Datun (Neem, Babul etc) since toothpaste has presence of sodium lauryl sulphate. Hence a warning is issued in tooth paste to use it pea sized.
  6. Chew food for number of times your teeth count.
  7. Always eat food sitting on the floor (earth) since while sitting in Sukhasana the center of gravity is pointed to Nabhi/Navel which is good for digestion. If your joints are stiff then we can use dining table especially people staying in Cold countries.
  8. After having meals sit in Vajrasana for 10-15 minutes.
  9. After lunch, relax for around 45mins and without doing any physical activities. After dinner, walk for around 500-1000 steps. Sleep after 2hrs of dinner.
  10. Use rock salt for cooking rather than artificially made free flow salt.
  11. Don’t mix cold and hot foods together. Like after hot dinner don’t eat ice cream.
  12. Cook food in open vessels to absorb natural air and sunlight rather than Pressure cookers which decrease macro nutrients. Hence not using Aluminum vessels. Ideally copper, bronze, stainless steel, clay vessels should be used.

As I get more information in future I will update this post. Do let me know if you have more.

Respond or React?

Many of us face this issue of anger. Sometimes we come across a situation where we get angry, sometime on people and sometimes with ourselves. Anger being an emotion has many disadvantages than advantages. I faced a terrible tension in my body, my muscles would get heated probably because our blood boils which affects the body and poisons our system. This is one of the major disadvantage.

The other day I faced this communication situation where I suddenly got angry at my wife when she told me a fact. On my reaction she got angry. After 10 minutes, I realized that I could have listened well and replied calmly. Both spirits could have been at peace. I somewhere felt guilty and then chose to apologize to her for this act. But I realized that such acts has been recurring in our life. On further introspection I found that when we become angry, our mind is not in our control or vice versa. It causes an unpleasant experience to us as well as to the people. We realize that we should not have done this or said this. Aren’t we stupid sometimes? This takes us to point one that we should keep a balanced mind at all times. Is that possible? Yes but it is little bit difficult for those who fume frequently.

Can’t we direct our anger to something else? In a given situation it is better we improve our listening skills such that we can respond to any given situation when our mind makes us fume. The act of response need some mindfulness.

How to get mindful during such act? Only way is to trick your mind. Look the situation as a third person and concentrate on your breath. Breath is the only faculty who can help you. This is window of may be seconds. This is an opportunity to take control of mind and situation. This makes you realize that you should not fume. You can handle it well. You respond well.

In Bhagavad Gita too Shri Krishna says “Mind is Fickle” so practicing meditation or mindfulness will only make you in control. Also, listening is a skill which need to be practiced well. Because when people try to provoke you and try to put words in your mouth. This step of considering our self as third person will help.

I still feel as human beings we don’t ignore words from others. We keep it to ourselves for future in our memory. We get a bad feeling of past triggered somehow and anger rises again. The only way to get out of this situation is direct the anger to some constructive work. In short we again trick our mind. Example: I try to work hard when the feeling of anger comes back, sometimes I think I should improvise myself this again helps me direct my energy to some other task like excercise.

Do let know your thoughts on this.

The Wonder Effect

My last post has been on real world interaction i. e. communication but I have never been able to completely crack it. It might be smooth process for few but harder for human robots who are mostly with gadgets most of the day. Our mechanical life has affected our emotions strongly. We have simply forgotten how we smile. Do we need to smile when we feel good and we experience pleasure? More than a smile it is the exclaimed effect that is lost. That wondering what it is,  how it has been, how amazing that is etc. Simply by acting amazed or uttering amazing does not get us this effect. The wonderment is simply looking the things as it is.

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When I admire the wonder of sunset or beauty of moon, my soul expands in worship of creator – Mahatma Gandhi

Exclaiming how wonderful it is. How great is this invention? Wow, how beautiful the sun looks when it rises. Simply looking as it is like a mirror. You exclaim how you have transformed from human to human robot. That is when you will smile. The wonderment is enough to bring smile, accept things, people, situations as it is. Wonderment actually does not judge, it fails to react. It is not only about wondering but is the effect of that in your emotions that calms you. Let me take example of babies.  They always wonder what’s this and that. If they touch a toy they simply enjoy with it, smile, play with it. When you talk to them they wink,  smile. I wonder how beautiful this nature has been which has bestowed these habits in us. While growing up we get lost in ordinary achievements of material world. We simply fail to observe this energy within us which expands us. I sometimes wonder that all artists are creative because they wonder and see it differently. I just hope that people are aware of the wonderment within and explore it.

Let me know how has wonderment helped you in your life?

Thanks!

Real World Interaction

After getting through the knowledge of mind-body-breath-food, it made me understand how our human system works, the ultimate goal and how it could be made effective. But effective for what?

Effective for Action.In human life, the action part is a key to its creation. But what is the use of human body if it not put through a good use learn and act. For action it needs interaction with other human beings the effective ways. I have realized lately that I have not been a very good communicator myself. I have made lots of mistakes in life communicating with people like misunderstanding them or being misunderstood, not listening well, not showing empathy to person, reacting to a person, lack of clarity in conclusion etc. Ignorance of communication skills has affected certain areas of my life. I started feeling that communication is the most important part of that needs to be learned. A balanced mind which we discussed in previous post is one of the key ingredients to good effective communication. If I see the Bhagwat Gita, there is no much mention on communication but I later realized that Gita itself is two way communication between Krishna and Arjuna where we find both friends interacting like a Guru and Student.

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Effective communication is the key to perform actions in day to day life. We should not be obsessed with results as it can be either way, we are successful or not. Suppose if we are desperate for results then our action to achieve that could tumble which in our case is communication.

Effective communication is not only smiling, having eye contact, listening and interacting well. It is the body language, the empathy, enthusiasm, truthfulness and honesty, responding smartly that matters the most.

 

Breath and Mind

I will refer my last post Mind Body Connection: Yoga Asanas to continue my research on breath being one of the most important factors affecting mind. I am very hesitant on writing this because I am yet to experience many benefits what the expert say. However, it is truth that controlling or being aware of breath itself has calmed my mind tremendously. But certainly mind has been very fickle and wanders here and there. It is very hard to get back to awareness of breath. I heard of pranayama during my childhood and was supposed to practice daily during chanting gayatri mantra. However, I was not knowing the benefits then and it anyway did not matter much then. After years of busy life and stress I cultivated unhealthy lifestyle and found new problems physically and mentally. It is now I realize how I missed practices of pranayama and it has brought me back to the point in the circle where I actually need to adopt it daily in my routine.

Regulate the breathing, and thereby control the mind – B. K. S. Iyengar

Rhythmic breathing or Pranayama has helped me personally to calm and relax. Also my breathing has become slow and long. When I do pranayama I feel fresh. There are many other physical and mental benefits. After Yoga asansas I am  spending 10- 15 mins for pranayama.

In Pranayama, there is Puraka (Inhale), Kumbhaka (Inhale Hold or Exhale hold), Rechaka (Exhale).

I am currently following these pranayamas for balance –

  1. Kapalbhati (Active Exhalations/Passive Exhalation) – (60 cycle 3 times)
  2. Anulom Vilom (Alternate Nostril) – 2 minutes to 5 minutes.
  3. Bhramhari (Bee breathing) – 2 minutes.
  4. Sitali (Cooling Body) – Based on your body type (1-2 minutes)
  5. Surya Bhedhana (Heating Body) – Based on your body type (1-2 minutes)

Please note – Pranayama need to done under guidance of Yoga teacher. These need to done in empty stomach. Breathing via belly is important than chest. Pranayama can be done with clear nose.

Body Mind Connection – Yoga Asanas

In my last post Mind Mood Food, we discussed on Food as one of the factor affecting mind there are 2 more factors which affects mind and that is our body. Food being one of the factor which might affect our mood due to which we may be peaceful or we may be irritated, angry or dull. I feel our body has a connection too.

Last year, I was suffering from very severe backache and it used to be very painful. This literally made me worried and irritated due to the physical pain. I could not travel much, play outdoor games and I had to leave going to gym. I had to take rest and move around frequently. Physical pain can literally  affect your mind and handicap you doing your favorite tasks. I had to take pills to heal. However, the pills given in allopathy are temporary and can have side affects to other body functions. In long term, any pills are not advisable. After 3 months I decided Ayurveda as way of my life as healing is using natural herbs and can be home remedies rather than allopathy which uses chemicals to heal temporarily and advises surgery.

The body can be healed naturally using Yoga asanas, which westerners say it as Physiotheraphy. I was amazed how the ancient Indian traditional practices are being used all over the world with different names. Yoga asanas are not just physical postures. They have an overall affect on mind due to its breathing while performing these postures.

There are many  Yoga Asanas however I have created a list of asanas which can be done daily step wise. These asanas can be done in mornings (6AM – 10AM) or evenings (6PM – 10PM) which is according to Ayurvedic Body Cycle.

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Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind – Patanjali

Yoga Asanas –

  1. Warm-up Exercises – 5 minutes
    1. Neck See (Up and Down)
    2. Neck See (Left and Right)
    3. Neck Bend (Left and Right)
    4. Trunk Twisting
    5. Shoulder side raise up and down
    6. Shoulder Rotation (Clockwise and Anticlockwise)
    7. Eyes (See Left-Right-Up-Down-Rotate Clockwise and Anticlockwise)
    8. Half Squats
  2. Standing Poses/Asanas – 5 minutes
    1. Tadasana
    2. Vriskshasana
    3. Ardha Chakrasana
  3. Sitting Poses/Asanas – 5 minutes
    1. Bhadrasana
    2. Vajrasana
    3. Ardha Ushtrasana
    4. Ushtrasana
    5. Vakrasana
  4. On Belly Poses/Asanas – 5 minutes
    1. Bhujangasana
    2. Shalabhasana
    3. Dhanurasana
  5. On Back Poses – 10 minutes
    1. Uttanapadasana
    2. Pavanamukhtasana
    3. Markatasana
    4. Sethubhandasana
    5. Shavasana

 

Note –

Perform these asanas in empty stomach. These Asanas need to be practiced under guidance of experienced Yoga teacher who will advise you of breathing during each asanas. Rest 10-20 seconds after each asana and perform asana at your own pace and need not follow the timings given above.

Mind Mood Food

In continuation to my last post Meditation : Gayatri Mantra, I had a lot of time to think on what can affects our mind, our thoughts, our behavior, our actions. Of course, there are external factors. However, as an individual we can take care of our minds. One major factor I came across was food.

In Ayurveda, it is said that ‘Food is Medicine’. This came true for me last year, since I happened to visit an Ayurvedic doctor for my back pain and was advised to not eat certain healthy food. On further research, I found that food can influence your thoughts. In Ayurveda, they have differentiated body types as Vata, Pitta, Kapha and mental personalities Sattvic ( Optimistic, Happy and Peaceful), Rajasic (Dynamic, Restless and Self-centered), Tamasic (Less Intelligent, Depressed and Lazy)

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Food is Medicine

It is when I came to know that human body needs diet to balance all three body types and mentally human needs to be Sattvic which is considered as finest personality compared to Tamasic and Rajasic. Being a human we know that we are not perfect. But it is good to know how to achieve Sattvic personality.

Sattvic foods are fresh and easily digestible, which naturally increases energy. It was advised to have Cow’s milk, ghee, cooked vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts, natural sugars like jaggery, honey etc., different types of oils and whole wheat and grains. Even in scriptures, it is written to take Sattvic foods.

This is one of the way to make our body and mind light. Mind will be peaceful and happy. However, it should be noted that only food alone will not make our mind sattvic. The mind needs to be tamed by meditation, reading good books for positive thoughts and selfless services.

Meditation : Gayatri Mantra

Based on my second post How to Control the Mind, it was discussed that only practice and concentration on a particular thing could lead to mindfulness.

How do we turn off these mind chatters? During sleep also mind chatters unless we are in deep sleep. Is it impossible to concentrate on one particular thing when we have multi-tasks at hand and we get distracted easily?

Meditation is one such exercise which can make our mind logoff for sometime.

I have read that people meditate by chanting mantras (voice), breath, watching a particular thing like a flower or second hand of a watch etc. However, I wonder what affect has meditation on our brain?

I tried meditation with both mantra first however I found that I could find few thoughts arising soon. After a few more try, I tried to concentrate on breath which is inhale and exhale. Both of the exercises are very calming however thoughts did arise.

Few days later, I tried combination of mantra and breath which made lot less thoughts and it was lot more calm.

I also went through the thread ceremony at the age of 10, I was very confused at that time that why our ancestors & our elders have done this & what is the use? This question used to hit my mind whenever I was forced to do sandyavandanam in my native at that time. I used to chant it only because I had to do it & had no option.
Gayatri Mantra, according to my grandfather should be chanted thrice a day. Today at 91 he is active, business minded, thinks positive only because that he gets that positive energy through that Mantra. Now he is so experienced that, whenever he breathes that mantra comes automatically. It flows throughout his body like the blood flows.
All over the world people are chanting Gayatri mantra.
Gayatri Mantra:
Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।
Meaning:

Oh God, the Protector, the basis of all life, Who is self-existent, Who is free from all pains and Whose contact frees the soul from all troubles, Who pervades the Universe and sustains all, the Creator and Energizer of the whole Universe, the Giver of happiness, Who is worthy of acceptance, the most excellent, Who is Pure and the Purifier of all, let us embrace that very God, so that He may direct our mental faculties in the right direction.

literally it means,
God! You are Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Almighty.
You are all Light. You are all Knowledge and Bliss.
You are Destroyer of fear; You are Creator of this Universe,
You are the Greatest of all. We bow and meditate upon your light. You guide our intellect in the right direction.

The Gayatri Mantra is addressed to the energy of the Sun which is actually address to lord Narayana as given in Bhagwat Gita.

Meditation: 

Chanting Gayatri Mantra 108 times while inhaling, with holding the breath, and while exhaling (36 times) gives a super calm experience which will take approximately 15-20 mins.

Selfless Duty : Karma

In continuation of previous post – A Balanced Mind

This is getting interesting day by day to improve one self, step by step using the guidelines given in the Bhagwat Gita.

In previous post, we discovered that a balanced mind needs to be achieved to attain peace, however this needs to be done with selflessness deeds (Nishkaam Karma Yoga).

Nishkaam Karma

Many questions arises here –

What is Selflessness?

How can we achieve selflessness deeds (Nishkaam Karma Yoga)?

I could only understand that when a person offers deeds with a feeling of selflessness to Lord to merge with Lord. This state is called Selflessness Deed (Nishkaam Karma Yoga)

Let us take an example of real world, we work hard with a desire to attain success or business goals. This results in excess work pressure, stress and physical problems.Hence desire is directly proportional to destruction of self. This is called Sakam Karma (Attachment involved in deeds). I can imagine huge business house or any corporate firm or celebrity of unethical business practice leading to greater loss with temporary fame.

The opposite is Nishkaam Karma (Non-attached deeds) where work and personal life is balanced. Where approach of work is towards excellence which leads to personal satisfaction, expecting no rewards. Less desire is directly proportional to Peace. I could only imagine people like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa whose Nishkaam Karma made them great leaders and have set real life examples for us to follow.

Sri Krishna says every person who has taken birth should perform some deeds/duty (karma). However, they should perform daily duties like performing a Yagya or sacrifice/offering. It is performed for good of people or for Almighty.

Hence, our duty/deeds should be for the people (for their help) or for the God.

I heard that many people do Yagya (Sacrifice) to please Gods. But I did not understand what could those possibly be. Why would people do that?

Sri Krishna says Yagya means “Anything that is dear to you, your wealth or any special thinking or great desire if its offered to Almighty or for welfare of people is called Yagya ” This is similar to Charity.

Yagya could be the like

  • Sacrificial holy fire done for worshiping of God (Havan/Homa)
  • Wealthy donating to poor or Charity
  • Providing knowledge/wisdom to people like teaching profession or advising of good.
  • Performing Ashtang Yoga which involves improvement in body/mind using Pranayama (breathing), Yogic postures(Asanas), Deep meditation (Dhyana) etc. The result is destroying all the body illness.

In real world we do these Yagyas however we do not follow these consistently. The consistency would only come if we have a firm mind, acquire knowledge from a good source and set of our own principles to follow rather than follow age old manipulated philosophies!

A Balanced Mind

In continuation of previous post – How to Control the Mind

A person who neither expresses displeasure even while in pain nor is he greedy for joy. A person who gives no room to rage, desires, greed, fear and he is always content is said to be a Neutral minded or Balanced like a wick of a lamp.

A strong desires does not allow man’s mind to remain firm. If one does not curb ones’s desires then one desire could lead to multiple desires.To keep a balanced mind one needs to have control on desires and keep content or happy with what he has. Man can have peace of mind and joy only when he is able to derive contentment!

A question arises, How come a person achieve the higher self when he cannot listen to his wisdom nor mind?

Sri Krishna explains that every person is has a different nature when he is born, his qualities are different like Satva (Pure), Raj(Passionate), Tama (Dull). Every person has one of the quality in dominance. Man’s character depends on the quality that prevails in him.

Satva guna person is best quality where the person is innocent and honest.

Rajo guna person is dishonest, is greedy for power and wealth.

Tamo guna person is lazy, has negative traits like hatred and greed

Every above individual desire happiness, however the definition of happiness varies from person to person according to the nature and character. Satva guna person may find happiness in sharing or helping others. Rajo or Tamo guna person may find happiness in hurting others or they could get hurt if others are happy.

However, one should know that happiness or sorrow is temporary. Hence, using balanced mind or being neutral will help each and every character to over come these bad qualities and achieve a stable state of mind.

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How to Control the Mind

In continuation of previous post – Ultimate Goal: The Discovery of Soul

Sri Krishna also says that there are two weapons to attack our mind to conquer it.

1. Practice

Practice means consistent practice. Focus mind on one particular thing, it will try to escape. We have to conquer it and it will run again and we have catch it again. We have to keep on repeating to conquer the mind like a new born foal which is difficult to tame. If we are determined to practice then we can control our mind.

2. Detachment/Dispassion

Detachment is essential to curb one’s mind forever else it may go astray once again. The mind needs to know the truth that objects are attractive and illusion.When some objects tempt, we should be ruthlessly avoiding them. Hence this will mature our dispassion slowly, thereby get rid of worldly desire. Now we are conscious of our supremacy.

Ultimately these instruments will develop self-control leading to higher self.

However, this does not mean that we should not use our sensory organs. Using these organs we should enjoy the god made nature, be happy, peaceful and share the happiness not getting attached.

Mind Control

How to control the mind?

There are ways to control the mind, these depends on person to person. If a person is firm in his decision, then he can easily control his mind else it will take ages to succeed in controlling his mind.

Firm Decision can be achieved by Belief in Lord, Belief in Truth, Belief in your Duty.

During our duty, when we look upon Happiness and Sorrow, Benefit or Loss, Victory or Defeat is same manner and our faith with not shake, we start making firm decisions. This process is called Karma Yoga where one does not expect of results while performing his duty – Neutral Mind.

When we desire results for our duties, our mind wanders towards results and will not be focused on his duties and responsibilities. Fate or Destiny is responsible for our results.

Desire is nothing but ignorance of mind which leads to craving of worldly desires. As human body is temporary. When we have the knowledge of permanent and temporary, we become a Karma Yogi or less desire of results, no worldly attachment. The conscience gets strengthened and as result the mind gets firm and neutral!

Ultimate Goal: The Discovery of Soul

I am recently going through tough time understanding the ultimate goal of human being. I am curious like everyone what would be our purpose of my birth. Hence, I went through Bhagwat Gita, which is like human encyclopedia where every question to humans problem is answered effectively.

Sri Krishna says

To control mind (mann) and ultimately discover the soul (atma), then he should be able to see the divine light or super soul (paramatma).

Else, if a person is not able to control his mind, then the mind will take over and make you play life as it wants.

The human body resembles a chariot –

The Horses resemble organs like Sight, Hear, Smell, Touch, Taste.

The Charioteer resemble the Mind which controls the sensory organs.

The Master of Chariot resemble the Soul or Atma.

The Lord resemble the Divine light or Super Soul (Paramatma)

Human Body Chariot

Human Body Chariot

Man is attracted towards worldly pleasures and his mind guides him in the direction of these pleasures. This will only happen until the conscience(the master of Chariot) doesn’t take control of the mind. The worldly pleasures lures them and the mind approaches them. The mind (the charioteer) ignores the conscience and (the horses) moves in that direction. If we take control over mind, then it will guide us in the right direction and helps to discover the divine-self (super soul), shall be immortal and attain salvation (moksha).

I understand that we have to Master the mind, rather being slave to it.

However, mind is indomitable and is very difficult to take control of it. Now I see why we get 50K thoughts per day!