Season8:Bhagavad Gita Ch3 part-19

In this class we study verses 30, 31 and 32.  BIG ideas discussed are difference between Hita and Priya, long term good versus short term pleasure.

Season8: Bhagavad Gita ch3 Part-18

In this class we discuss the conclusion version of KArma yoga – ch3 verse 30. We look at the various BIG ideas in this chapter and connect it to the conclusions Krishna draws.

Season-8 – Bhagavad Gita Ch3 Part-17

In this class we discuss Gita ch3 verses 3.28 and 3.29. It talks about the contrasting behaviors of wise-ones and the unwise. How they handle the influences of Nature (Prakruti).

 

Season-8 – Bhagavad Gita Ch3 Part-16

In this class we discuss indepth the concept of illusion of control and its implications in our lives

 

Season-8 – Bhagavad Gita Ch3 Part-15

Continuing with the topic illusion of control…

The dangers of a single story!!

This is a fantastic talk about the dangers of a single story. Time and again we see how dangerous it is to have mono-cultures. We need multiple stories about everything including the many theories of the world that can show different perspectives of the world.

Santushti and Thanksgiving

Snippet from my upcoming book –

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Santushti (sanskrit: संतुष्टि) or contentment is one of the five Yamas, key personal habits, that is said to be one of the foundational habits of good personal character. But is contentment always desirable? Should one really be contented with their circumstances in life whatever they may be? Shouldn’t one desire to grow? Should poor be contented with their poverty? Should people who have failed be contented with their failures?

The Santushti that Hindu traditions talk about is much more than a simple feeling of satisfaction with our current circumstances. It is more about developing a sense of gratitude through conscious awareness of what one already possesses. It is a human tendency to be excited only until something is gained. Once gained, one gets used to it and slowly turns blind to its presence. A new home, car, TV or a relationship excites for an initial couple of days or a few weeks but one quickly adapts to it and the charm slowly wears off.  Of course this tendency to normalize experiences is a boon when it happens to the pains and difficulties of life. Things and circumstances that feel difficult soon turn into routines and we are desensitized to them. But having this happen to pleasant experiences is the problem. When what is currently exciting wears off, one starts searching for other novel experiences and it becomes our primary fuel to reach higher goals. It is an endless endeavor for at each stage, one adapts to the new novelty and the charm continues to be lost. Life remains an endless sense of lacking that is never remedied.

The habit of Santushti works as in the analogy of a glass half-empty and half-full. It is a simple switch in one’s perspective without altering anything externally. Instead of viewing circumstances as something lacking, one switches to being more aware of what one possesses already. In life, we are lucky in many things and are always lacking in many others. There is a choice to focus either on the possessions and feel a sense of fullness through gratitude, or focus on the many shortcomings and be frustrated. We mainly tend to believe focusing on the lack gives us the drive to achieve more.

Santushti does not mean one does not desire to achieve, it just means one desires to achieve not from a place of emptiness but from a place of fullness. There is a misunderstanding that when we are happy we don’t desire more. We associate contentment and satisfaction with inaction but not with creative force. Through the habit of Santushti, we can understand the unexplored possibilities in what we already are, what we have achieved and possess, all waiting to be discovered. A simple act of conscious awareness of our possessions unleashes creative possibilities that were unnoticed. It is about thinking what more one can improve without any additions.

As the Ishavasya Upanishad says –

ईशावास्यमिदं सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत|

तेन त्यक्तेन भुन्जीताः मा गृधः कस्यस्विध्धानं||

“Everything within Nature’s creations is pervaded by the Master. Therefore enjoy it by making the most of what he has already endowed you. Do not greed for other’s possessions”

The most creative people are the ones who make the most of what they have by surprisingly transforming what others were blind to.  Santushti is that satisfaction which comes from making the most of what one already has and opening up to further improvements from a place of fullness.

Season-8 – Bhagavad Gita Ch3 Part-14

In this class we discuss the concept of illusion of control. This is one of the most fundamental ideas of Vedanta. We do not ever control the outcomes so better to focus on process which is in our hands.

India’s Strategic Response – Ajit Doval

I am amazed at the clarity of Ajit Doval. He says Islamic fndamentalism is not a threat but anti-nationalism is. Listen to the talk to understand the history of both. This is a must watch. Ajit Doval is National Security Advisor to the current Modi Government. He is considered a super-cop, almost an Indian James Bond –

Season-8 – Bhagavad Gita Ch3 Part-13

In this class lecture, we discuss Krishna’s ideas about Change management. Two important aspects of Change are – 1. It is caused by something that is relate-able and 2. It should be from within and not forced,

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