If any religion gives you a manual, that religion is born from violence and will continue to flourish in violence. In the Bhagavad Gītā, you will rarely see Kṛṣṇa giving Arjuna instructions. All seven hundred verses are literally nectars of inspiration uttered out of Bhagavān Kṛṣṇa’s love and compassion.

In the previous chapter on Sāṅkhya Yogaḥ, Kṛṣṇa tells Arjuna that knowledge of the Self is the supreme path to Enlightenment. He explains the nature of the indestructible Self. Kṛṣṇa tells Arjuna to shed all root patterns of fear, abandon his desires and go beyond success and failure; to practice authenticity in action, to be unattached and steady in completion of the Self, the state of Brahman.

Arjuna is still in the space of inauthenticity. He is confused as to what he should do. At one level, he understands what Kṛṣṇa says to him. However, the explanation about the spirit living on while the body dies, and the idea that all those he is about to fight and destroy have already been destroyed in the cosmic sense, does not appeal to him. Arjuna is a warrior. To him, what is seen in front of him is what exists. He sees all his elders and relatives arrayed against him in battle and he has to make a choice to kill or be killed. This is the physical reality that he faces. Kṛṣṇa tells him not to take this reality seriously. He says all the living people in front of him are already dead, and therefore he is committing no sin by killing them again. In fact, if he does not fight them, he is being out of integrity; by running away from the battle as an inauthentic coward. He also tells Arjuna that he has the right to do his duty but no right to its results. Continue reading “If any religion gives you a manual, that religion is born from violence and will continue to flourish in violence. In the Bhagavad Gītā, you will rarely see Kṛṣṇa giving Arjuna instructions. All seven hundred verses are literally nectars of inspiration uttered out of Bhagavān Kṛṣṇa’s love and compassion.”

Your body, mind, inner space, consciousness, whatever you feel about you, go on expanding, expanding, expanding! That is the only way life can continue to ooze in you, overflow in you.

Kṛṣṇa says,

Act without attachment. Do not worry about success or failure in results. Center yourself in wisdom of completion that takes you beyond action and the desire for fruits of action. Once you are centered in wisdom of completion you will act wisely. Once you give up attachment to results, you will be freed from the cycle of birth and death and you will be beyond sorrow.’

In the next verse, Kṛṣṇa begins initiating Arjuna into yoga with the second tattva of authenticity or śraddha. Kṛṣṇa is the greatest strategist of life. Here, He begins revealing the truth of authenticity, the strategy of life, the strategy that will make Arjuna succeed and expand!

Every time inauthenticity is allowed in you, it leaves a powerful fear in you

Kṛṣṇa declares, ‘yogaḥ karmasu kauśalam.

Please understand, I first want you to understand these words:

yogaḥ karmasu kauśalam—yoga is authenticity in action.’ Not just ‘perfection in action’ but I am translating it as ‘authenticity in action.’ Continue reading “Your body, mind, inner space, consciousness, whatever you feel about you, go on expanding, expanding, expanding! That is the only way life can continue to ooze in you, overflow in you.”

If your inner space says that there is nothing more to listen, if only silence is there, you have achieved integrity.

People ask me, ‘Swamiji, why is nature so cruel? Why are there natural disasters? Why do young children die?’ The answer is what Kṛṣṇa gives here. Nature goes about its job without any thought about what the end result will be. What happens will happen. It is bound to happen. Nature follows its dharma, its path of righteousness. The problem is that we do not understand the laws of nature; we measure natural actions by our yardstick of logic.

Continue reading “If your inner space says that there is nothing more to listen, if only silence is there, you have achieved integrity.”

When you feel responsible for everything that happens in your life, you will feel that everything is joyful, because nothing can make you powerless. So, empower yourself with responsibility and unlock the power of feeling.

In these verses from 2.31 to 2.38, Kṛṣṇa works on Arjuna at two levels. At one level He talks to Arjuna at the super conscious plane educating him on what the ultimate Truth is.

He talks to Arjuna about how the undying and indestructible spirit lives on. Here, Kṛṣṇa addresses Arjuna’s fears about killing his svajanam, his relatives, elders and teaches him that what he considers to be the end of life for these people is just one step in their journey.

It is not what you do that matters; it is who you are being that matters. It is your space that matters. Whether you are being complete or incomplete matters. Continue reading “When you feel responsible for everything that happens in your life, you will feel that everything is joyful, because nothing can make you powerless. So, empower yourself with responsibility and unlock the power of feeling.”

All we need is fearless, greedless businessmen, fearless, greedless rulers. That’s all !

The last few days I am constantly soaked in the consciousness of the Vedic civilization. When I was looking – I was just looking into the Akashic Records – I saw at that time of the Vedic civilization, on an average, a man worked only two to three hours a day. And, listen, please listen, the society has four divisions (“varnas”):

· “Brahmana” – means, the teachers;

· “Vaishya” – business community;

· “Kshatriya” – rulers;

· “Shudra” – working class.

And, you need to know, please understand, there was no “higher” and “lower” between these groups; all of them were doing different responsibilities. There was no “higher” and “lower”.

In these four, there are four “ashramas”:

· “Brahmacharya” – means, students;

· “Grihastha” – married;

· “Vanaprastha” – retired;

· “Sannyasis” – completely dedicated to teaching this science to the world, the enlightenment science to the world, to live and radiate this enlightenment science to the world. Continue reading “All we need is fearless, greedless businessmen, fearless, greedless rulers. That’s all !”

It is just your personality which makes you Brahmana or Kshatriya, Vaishya or Shudra.

“Impossible” personality is what we call “Shudra” in Vedic tradition.  In Vedic tradition, “Shudra” is not defined based on birth.  The “impossible” personality, the person who is stuck with the “impossible” personality, means doubt on yourself, doubt on others, doubt on your ability to relate with others, when you are stuck with the “impossible” attitude, you are “Shudra”.   But you are stuck with self-doubt, but you don’t have any doubt towards your ability to relate with others, then you become “Kshatriya”.  Your doubt on others, whether others can do or not, only that is there, but otherwise you don’t have … Continue reading It is just your personality which makes you Brahmana or Kshatriya, Vaishya or Shudra.