Monday, March 30, 2020

START A BETTER LIFE - 9 - CHAPTER 1


The Bhagwat Gita would be interpreted in the following manner-

Commentary.
Suggested read.
Suggested mental makeup for the particular exercise.
Relevant information on the chapter.
Exercises and examples.

Chapter 1.

Commentary – This is the introductory chapter and deals with confusion of mind and problem definition about life worries – identifying what troubles us. The life worry (problem) once defined needs a solution. Many of us are in the habit of defining, redefining and repeating the problems we face. By mere repeating the problem one cannot get rid of it. Once the problem is defined the next step is try to solve it. It must be understood that whatever solution one arrives at, a new set of problems emerge. We should be ready to accept those new set of problems emerging out of the solution. We must try to solve the problem with whatever resources we have at our disposal and should reconcile to those problems which are unsurmountable after putting in our best. Identification of problem is important otherwise we start treating daily problems and hardships as life worries. In the chapters to follow the remedy for problems is discussed.

What is a problem? The problem is that which makes us restless, unnerved, worrisome, insecure due to fear of unknown, uncomfortable due to ignorance, sad, an unwelcome or harmful situation. A problem is that which we think needs to be overcome. A problem is a gap between existing state and desired state. Indications of problem getting solved are satisfaction, state of happiness, feeling energetic, feeling comfortable, no worries, sense of security, state of wellbeing. Some reject any kind of solution which alleviate the problem or try to find faults in the solution. They close the path of solution or reconciliation and remain in the ditch called problem.  All of us face problems in life and therefore the requirement of a method to solve the problem.


Suggested Read – No suggestions.

Suggested Mental Makeup for the Particular Exercise – All three types of person may undertake the exercise.

Relevant Information on the Chapter Total number of Shlokas 47. This is the introductory chapter and deals with problem definition. It is based on Brahmavidya Upanishad and Yoga Shastra. Yoga is way, method or practice of attaining higher conscience through mental and physical exercises.

Exercises and Examples –Identify the Life Worries: Death of near ones, ill treatment from near ones, loss of life, natural calamity, crime against family, Loneliness, Depression, Sad feelings, Restlessness, Physical Ailments, Financial problems, Relation/ Relatives oriented problems and all such problems which takes majority of time of the day thinking about it. Identify life worries and daily hardships. Life worries become problem definitions and daily hardships become surmountable difficulties. It is important to identify into life worries/ problems and daily hardships/ difficulties.  Examples of daily difficulties/ hardships - Maid servant not coming, municipality water not coming, a theft, baggage lost are some of the hardships. Complete list cannot be given but the severity level can be understood. Example of problem / life worries - having life threatening ailment in family or individual affected by such ailment is a life worry; losing close relative is a life worry again the list can be exhaustive but severity must be understood.

Identifying the problem some examples:- while distinguishing situations into difficulties and life worries we must identify whether the nature of hardship is temporary or it is permanent. Also the scale of hardships indicates which category it should be counted.

Difficulties/ Hardships
Life Worries
Theft
Death of near ones
Minor ailments
Financial problem engulfing for decades
Irregular servants
Physical ailments which are

Lonliness

Natural calamity

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