My life is a series of actions. Even though it feels like I am in charge of the orchestrated drama called life, in the larger scheme of things, I am only a cog in the wheel of actions of the universe. Instead of being concerned only about my state of happiness with the choices I make, I should really be concerned about how my choices affect the people around me.
I realize that no one but I am responsible for the quality of my thoughts. The choices I make that bring me short lived joy and happiness that feeds my ego are connived in the lower mind. If I have any hope of reaching the distinction of being a karma yogi then I have to train my mind to think from a higher dimension. The choices I make that will lead to actions, have to be pure, without malice and without the intent of hurting anyone.
According to Brahmacharini Vishakaji , the Gnana Karma Sanyasa Yoga (Chapter 4) of The Bhagawad Gita is another significant chapter in which the Lord reveals the truth (tatva), taking on the role of a Guru and doling out lessons to a very eager Shishya. A beautiful analogy she used while comparing the chapter on Karma yoga chapter to the Gnana Karma Sanyasa yoga, is by likening them to roads within and outside of the city. I have to not only be responsible for what I choose to do (narrower city roads) but also be willing to introspect and contemplate if the choices I have made is in harmony with the tatva (broader highways). This I will only achieve through my reverence, devotion and faith.
Am I ready for self introspection and contemplation?
imam vivasvate yogam, proktavan aham avyayam
vivasvan manave praha, manur iksvakave ‘bravit
- Why do I question good advice? Is it because it will amplify the wrong choices I have made?
- Just because I do not accept the truth, doesn’t mean that it does not exist.
- I may be modern in my thinking, behaviour and scientific in my questioning of every ritual and practice of my culture. But the fact remains, that rules of conduct, behaviour and of actions have prevailed for a long time before I even began life.
- I have to begin to accept that there is divinity within me. Even if I don’t accept it, divinity exists within everyone.
- Today I pledge to be open to learning the truth from my Guru, without doubting the truth, without questioning the validity of the truth.
evam parampara-praptam,imam rajarsayo viduh
sa kaleneha mahata, yogo nastah parantapa
- Even though the truth always prevails, I never refer back or accept it all the time. When I don’t make any attempts to correct my imperfections, when I go about life mindlessly, giving in to my desires and weaknesses, I am neglecting the tatva (the truth)
- When I spend my time reflecting about life and find faults with everything that is happening in my life, I am neglecting the tatva.
- I have the choice to reflect on the truth, the right from the wrong, before every action I commit.
sa evayam maya te ‘dya, yogah proktah puratanah
bhakto ‘si me sakha ceti, rahasyam hy etad uttamam
1. If I seek divine intervention with devotion, I may be able to overcome my desires and weaknesses.
2. It is not how educated, how successful or how wealthy I am that prepares me to receive knowledge from my Guru. But how devoted I am, how keen and open I am to receive, reflect on and accept the truth.
3. If I am not ready to look inwards and contemplate (Nivritti) I am not armed to correct the imperfections in my outward self (Pravritti)