The great human values described in Bhagavadgita are presented here
To wish all to be happy like that, one has to cultivate maitri bhávaná in the mind.
Have karuná for the less privileged people. Many people are deprived of even minimal needs. karuná is having an intense desire to eliminate the distress of others. Mind should not revel in the suffering of even the enemies. One should be able to ask for pardon mentally even from an enemy. That nobody should suffer, should be a spontaneous and strong feeling. Karuná brings about such a tender, pure heart.
We need to have a tender heart for peace to come into the mind. Daivisampatti is developing such a soft heart. When gold is put into fire, the impurities are burnt, not the gold itself. It shines all the more after coming out of the fire. Purity or impurity of gold is examined in fire, says Kálidása. When mind gets purified with virtues it becomes Sánta. If a person is virtuous, he is relaxed.
Finding fault with everything and everybody is a pattern with the mind of some. In them, the mind thinks that it is just right to find mistakes, so much so that it finds fault even with Lord Ráma and Krsna. It appears as if the whole world needs to take permission from such persons to function! If he/she has not approved something, then it is wrong! This is a type of totalitarian mind. The problem of our society has been that we do not know how to do pratibhá püjá. There is so much of talent. An attempt to support such a talent is real Sarasvati püjá. Sarasvati püjá is respecting the talent in the human mind. Talent has to be promoted and protected. When we find a sáttvic person we should feel happy that he will pass on the good tradition to others. He would become a torch bearer. Having mudita bhávaná towards people who have vibhüti in them, talent in them is important and very desirable rather than having jealousy for such persons.
It is easier to practise maitri, karuná, muditá but difficult to have upeksá. We keep failing here. It is difficult to deal with negative- minded people. Somebody behaving in an unruly way gets onto the nerves, and our peace of mind is lost. People with negative, ásuri sampatti were in tretáyuga and dváparyuga and are in kaliyuga. People who have high manifestation of lobha, moha, krodha disturb our mind. They disturb our mind even if we do not disturb them. Upeksá is needed in such situations. Correcting them is an uphill task if not an impossible one! Trying to correct such people will create more problems for us. In fact, instead of correcting them, we may end up going along with them! It is wiser to stay away from such people.
If durjana (an evil person) is there in a place, leave that place. Sthána tyágena durjanam. Durjana will not make you happy. So avoid him. A sádhaka is interested in peace of mind and durjanas are incorrigible! One should never think of correcting them. This does not mean that you hate such people. But be neutral. See how such people are stuck with their mind and its patterns. This indeed is the result of their past karma. One should not talk about them. By talking, thinking of them one makes one’s own mind impure. Keeping them out of the mind is what is needed.
For purity of mind, one has to have an adapting attitude. The reason for disturbance of mind need not be a remote object or a distant person. People around us, situations very near to us and things close to us may cause disturbance for most of the time. In fact, we are really not bothered much about the other part of the globe.
What really bothers us is what is close to us! Even objects do not disturb us much as people do. Since different types of people are there, different attitudes are to be adopted. We become peaceful when our attitude changes according to the situation.
Most of us are normally in the habit of correcting others. Controlling others in one way or the other has become the way of our life. When we fail to control others, we get disturbed. We should learn to drop a few things in life. It should be clearly seen that here ignoring is not dereliction of duty. What is not in one’s area of activity should not be active in one’s mind. It is wrong to tread in other’s area. By doing so, confusion is created. There will be a problem of crossing into others’ boundaries. Any punishment is supposed to be imposed by a leader and not everybody can take on that responsibility. (It is not one’s swadharma). Learning to ignore matters alone brings peace of mind. Some people learn by their own experience. Such a learning can’t be taught by others. It does sound like running away from responsibility, but it surely is not so.
(to be continued in next issue)