8th May 2010, here I was, surrounded by yet another crowd gathered in Arosa, a town which would best represent the heaven. In the midst of snow covered mountains, was the meditation hall called Krishna hall (by AOL people), where the modern day Krishna, our Gurudev, was sitting, for a discourse on the 6th Chapter of Bhagavad Gita.
Gurudev begun by explaining-
Gita means a song. Krishna sung the Gita to Arjuna .
Unimaginable isn’t it! In the middle of a battle field, live in greatest war ever witnessed by mankind at that time, surrounded by war weapons, bravest warriors ready for blood bath, tensions, nervousness…. & our dear Krishna right in the middle of all this singing the Gita.
Only one who has mastered the five senses, the intellect, the memory & the ego, who rests only in the self, for the one for whom all is a play is capable of such ease, such poise, such strength of mind.
When I look at Gurudev I see all of these divine qualities express in him effortlessly. The ease with which he carries himself through one role to another, whether it’s addressing a conglomerate, a group of students, politicians, Homemakers or his own devotees for whom only love & no reason exists… He is completely rested & so aware. A quality which is to aspire for.
He continued to explain as babies we were free, but as we grew we were surrounded by conflicts. Conflicts between choices, and sometimes these choices can be very Very VERY confusing (like being in Mahabharata yudh) that is where having an enlightened master, who demonstrates the highest possibility of human consciousness through his actions, can help in showing the right path.
English Book Translation: One who is unattached to the fruits of his work and who works as he is obligated is in the renounced order of life, and he is the true mystic: not he who lights no fire and performs no work.
Krishna says – One who acts without expecting fruit of action is a Yogi. Gurudev revealed how exactly one can achieve this. There are two attitudes while performing any action. 1. Performing an action expecting joy out of it. 2. Performing an action as an expression of joy.
I have observed this many a times in myself. It’s a very thin line but makes a big difference to the quality of mind and how one feels while in midst of that action. As in the 1st case the mind may become feverish, restless, sometimes greedy and as a result the speech or the action may become pervert & leave you empty handed.
Yogi is one who’s actions are an expression of joy.
He explained, you do care about the result “Thats why you are performing” but you are not dependent on the result to give you joy.
An action is fruitful in both cases- An action giving adverse result can help you in improving or enhancing some skills in you. And if result is of your choice it gives you satisfaction.
That’s like a double edged sword! Never thought of it, this way. Meaning if we perform our duty its only win win no matter what the results may be. So Chillax and perform yaar ☺.
Para – 2 Sanskrit:
English Book Translation: Arjuna, you must know that what they call sannyasa is no other than yoga; for none becomes a Yogi, who has not abandoned his “Sankalpas” (thoughts of the world)
Sankalpas keep coming to our mind, that is natural. But holding on to it does not let us rest. Before sleeping you anyway drop all sankalpas, So that you can rest. Golden principal of meditation – which is wakeful rest is 1. I want nothing 2. I do nothing 3. I am nothing. This is mental renunciation, running away from the world does not make one a Yogi. The actions become effective when you are centered.
“What a great management principle, no B- school could deliver this point so effectively, and impact-fully.
Signing off with some pictures now, for more on Bhagavad Gita notes let’s remain connected with this space as more is awaited soon…
Photographs courtesy -Siddharth Jhunjhunwala
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Ms. Vasudha Jhunjhunwala holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. She is associated with the Art of Living since year 2000. Born and brought up in a pink city Jaipur, Rajasthan she currently resides in Amchi Mumbai with her family. For nearly a decade, Vasudha has inspired more than 10,000 youths with her teachings and social work. She has undertaken various projects and has been an instrument of change for its success. Juggling between home and work, in her spare time Vasudha likes to paint, write poems, learn music and play badminton. She is a Social Worker, Entrepreneur, State Coordinator of The Art of Living, Student of Sanskrit & Classical Music, Writer, Homemaker, Mother, Meditation Teacher, Public Speaker, Recipient of CSO-2014 award by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam and has travelled in 30 Countries.
She is a quintessential deshbhakt. It is difficult to match her youthful Energy.
Vasudha is extremely passionate about her initiatives. One of the most successful projects lead by her was the ‘Vote For a Better India’ - A campaign that facilitated the voter registration process and lead to 5 lakh citizens new voter registration across India in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Bringing more awareness to the people in the community she began the initiative ‘Mind your Vehicle’ - A project to sensitize citizens towards traffic discipline with 2000 volunteers in Mumbai. The project saw good media coverage. She was also the founding member of ‘Save Aarey’ project. In this project more than 300 volunteers cleared 5-truck loads of garbage from Aarey colony. With an aim to instill a sense of responsibility and nationalism among the youth, she has spearheaded several initiatives that included women’s safety drives, blood donation drives, cleanliness drives at railway stations and sea-shores, health and hygiene awareness camps and others.
Often people ask her what made her belief so strong to walk the spiritual path. She affirms that, “just like the light house guides the ship through darkness of night, our conscience guides us through decisions of life. For a smooth sail, just listen to it!”
The drought in Maharashtra had led to an increasing number of farmer suicides and Vasudha decided to contribute towards River Rejuvenation Project in the state. She along with her team revived around 22kms of Manjara river. The river Manjara rejuvenation in Latur District benefited 5 lakh villagers in its vicinity. Vasudha was also a part of the Solar Lamp Project. She was the catalyst in the distribution of solar lamps to flood-hit villagers in Orissa during Fani.
Her courage and valour gives her the skill to bring out the right perspective in every project she undertakes. Worry or Uncertainty are not words she rhymes with, Vasudha believes that’s Spiritual knowledge shields the flame of life from the winds of uncertainties. Vasudha is currently working on Project Pavitra. Since its inception this year, the project has imparted menstrual hygiene education to more than 2000 young girls in BMC schools and it aims to reach out to many more. She is also the founding member of SORT Club - Student's organization for Reform and Transformation. The club is now operational in 10 colleges in Mumbai. The project aims to remove the menace of substance abuse from the colleges of India. Vasudha is also working on a Happy Neighbourhood Project. The project aims to establish Happiness centers in societies to make societies stress-free.
If you meet her once, you would know that she has a very charming, intuitive, and jovial personality, her ideas and thoughts are ahead of it’s time. Her ability to perceive something new and unique in every individual is what draws people to her company. She gives a very comfortable and cool vibe something young students connect to and find easy to talk and open up to her about their problems. Make impossible, possible is her mantra. Her sessions are filled with grit, humor, inspiration, and some awespiring wisdom. People feel rejuvenated, energetic, experience clarity of thoughts, immense love in their hearts after attending her Mind and Breathe Workshops.
Mysteries of life intrigues her and even though she has traveled in 30 countries she found her best place within. She, by herself is a ‘Happiness Express’ moving swiftly on the spiritual path.
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