Sunday, July 4, 2021

Vedic way of life and sustainability

The greatest barrier to an ecologically balanced environment is a materialistic world-view that assumes the individual as a biochemical machine operating without a soul. 

Isha Upanisad, a popular Vedic text, says that everything in the universe both animate and inanimate  is controlled and owned by Lord. Therefore, one should only accept those things that are necessary to make a living, and not be greedy about possessing more than required.

The over consumptive behavior and  of humans is the sole core cause of degradation, destruction and extinction of species. 

Environment conscious people and researchers are struggling to decode the humanity’s complex relationship with nature and about ways of making it sustainable.

Krishna in Gita by teaches the nature of the soul. A  person should act selflessly being in  knowledge that he or she is soul, not the body. Gita gives instructions on the soul, suggesting to make a  simple living with detachment from the world, not exploitation of it and performance of actions, based on one’s identity as soul, from a higher perspective. One of the important goal of yoga is to control selfish desires, and in so doing, to see all beings, including every animals and plants, as equal souls.

Spiritual communism


Modern communism originally sprouted from the idea to change humanity for better based on equality and honest distribution of goods.

But the consequences of modern communism couldn't work as it was based on man made ideas of what's good and evil. 
Srimad-Bhagavatam gives ideas on  filling  this need in human society.

The ideals of spiritual communism, according to Srimad-Bhagavatam are based more or less on the oneness of the  of the entire energy of living beings not only human society. 

It begins, therefore, with the aphorism of Vedānta philosophy janmādy asya yataḥ (SB 1.1.1) to establish the ideal of a common cause.

The art of not trying ( Effortless living)

We as a beings  are not fully independent. Our actions of feeling, willing and thinking are not completely independent in itself. The nature or unseen force is driving us to do actions innately without our knowledge at most circumstances . 

The philosophy of effortless living or the art of not trying  comes here into action where we don't go against the circumstances that affect us . Instead we try to let it happen.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Covid, Karma and Bhagavad Gita

 The corona pandemic can be seen in another way from a more higher dharmic perspective. Dharma states that each one of has a purpose and there is  a reason on why we exists? There is a optimal path for each one of us that is specifically designed for our soul which aligns with the cosmic order. But when number of us has moved away from our path , nature reacts to restore the balance in the cosmic order. Does this corona pandemic  imply vengeance  and wrath upon  the human society? No, It simply demands change from us. But can't this be done in less harsh way ? The truth is transformation only happens when we are challenged. Superficial understanding does not lead to core transformation.

We can see that the corona pandemic has caused  catastrophic scenes all around the world since more than a year. Each one of us are facing different challenges , some are realizing the value of life due to fear of death, while others are having immense financial difficulties, anxiety and many other difficulties. But , these challenges are designed to bring us back to our true purpose, to reflect on what is more important , make us more spiritual conscious.

Although the spread of corona virus is a global event, each one of us are bound to face it according to our individual karma. Karma is anything we do that produces results. Karmic activity sets context of our life over  which we have no control and  dharmic activity is the  correct way to navigate through these context, it is the best path to walk given the circumstances and to grow spiritually too. 

People are destined to die through any means be it virus, old age or other diseases, So , instead being  anxious, Gita teaches us to  contemplate on; What is actually death? Why we die although none of us wish to die? Can’t we become deathless? Why we get diseased although none of us like to get diseases? Why are we getting old day by day although none of us like old age? Who are we actually? How do we get out of this  temporary , miserable world ? Anyone who truly contemplates and seeks to understand is assured of realization of the reality of  our existence and death.

Krishna says ; That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul.  The body we have is made of matter and is destined to get diseased, become old and die out one day. And the good news is we as a soul are eternal, deathless. Living entity keeps on changing bodies and getting new births. What we have to endeavor for; is to be out of birth, disease, old age, death cycle.