This Sunday’s Satsanga is in Gujarati. The Satsanga is based on the seeker’s questions regarding Adhyatma Vidya Mandir’s publication, ‘Management Wisdom from Bhagavad Gītā’ by Pujya Swami Viditatmanandaji.
Two dimensions of success are mentioned under the topic of ‘Success’ (Page 6). With respect to these two dimensions of success: subjective and objective, what does each mean, which dimension is important between the two, and to what aspect? In the same topic, further explaining the need to develop emotional maturity to enjoy what we have, it is said that “what we are experiencing is mind only” (Page 9). The seeker expresses how although the understanding is there, sometimes the logic doesn’t come to mind’s rescue in our day to day experiences. Pujya Swamiji explains how whatever we experience is nothing but a thought or vṛtti, so we experience our mind only. It is important to cultivate the mind, so that the mind sees things as it is. Decisions are very important in management, and so a mind which sees things as it is needs to be cultivated.
Regarding pushing the buttons that “some people have an uncanny knack of making you uncomfortable with yourself (Page 13)”, even though one may not blame people or world for the reactions within, that the situations create a reaction in me indicates there are likes and dislikes within, which has to be addressed and resolved. Under the same topic, the discussion on appreciation of others, boss, colleagues, etc, points out that “the lack of their approval and appreciation will disturb you only if you do not appreciate yourself or approve of yourself in the first place.” Question is whether self-rejection, self-non-acceptance is a result of non-acceptance of the costume of body, mind and intellect or something else. But when I don’t appreciate myself or approve myself, what is it that I don’t approve? Is it the costume of body, mind and intellect or something else that I reject? What is it that I reject? Pujya Swamiji points out it is Ahankāra which is rejected. It is Ahankāra alone that I take as my ‘self’. When that Ahankāra is sāttvic we like it, when it is rājasik we don’t like it, and further dislike it when tāmasik.
Based on the questionnaire on the motivating factor in those who do desireless actions, niśkāma karma on Page 18, a question is raised that how come motivation in Sakāma Puruṣa is more than Niśkāma Puruṣa, eventhough the Sakāma Puruṣa derive their happiness from limited, and the Niśkāma Puruṣa derive their happiness from the limitless almighty.
Assimilating knowledge requires knowledge, reasoning and experience, this is discussed under the topic of ‘The Value of Values’ (Page 33). Question is how can one be mindful of one’s self when immersed in activities. Pujya Swamiji explains it is by following values during day to day activities, by reminding oneself again and again of the perks or results gained by implementing values, the gain involved with implementing the values which are the means for tattva jñāna, reminding oneself of the result accomplished by tattva jñāna. How does the meditation on the cosmos help in removing the impurities of the individual? By maintaining the pure thought, contemplation on the pure: śuddha and svaccha, which is nothing but Īśvara.
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