Very often we come across the word ‘Sanatan Dharma’ and we connect it with some particular sect or religion but hardly do we take out time to understand the true meaning of ‘Sanatan Dharma’. It is very interesting to understand the true meaning of ‘Sanatan Dharma’. Such understanding if developed with faith and conviction can clear our misconceptions about the various religious systems and raise our consciousness beyond the boundaries of caste, color, creed and nation.
Often this question comes in the mind of a seeker of truth that whether it is necessary to accept a spiritual master? Can’t we understand spiritual subject matter on our own or by reading scriptures? Before understanding the necessity let us understand the role of spiritual master in our lives.
Is learning Sanskrit necessary to understand Bhagavad Gita? – Recently one student asked a question – whether one can learn Bhagavad-Gita, only by becoming a Sanskrit Scholar? I would like to make a statement on this question because this is a very pertinent question and it may resonate with your personal as well. Normally when I go and speak on Bhagavad-Gita in schools, colleges and universities, people normally ask this question should we learn Sanskrit before we can study Bhagavad-Gita?
The Solution to Pollution – From past 200 years environmental pollution has been major concern among the leaders of various nations and amongst scientists and environmentalists. Although various measures have been taken to control pollution still situation has gone worse due to the fact that the heads of the states and the intelligentsia have failed to detect the root cause of environmental degradation.
Search for Happiness – The driving force behind all our actions is to seek happiness in this material world. If we do not derive any pleasure from activities, then we would never have the interest to perform them. That is the reason why a student burns mid-night oil to study hard, a family man works day and night, a scientist goes on researching, a philosopher writes so many books, a social worker serves the people in the society and the list is endless. But the unfortunate part is that we do not get complete happiness and total satisfaction in this material world simply by performing our material activities. Although we see so many advertisements about happiness, practically speaking we see very few people are happy in this world. In this blog, we will go through what truly is happiness
Why do we fight – You might have heard the idiom – “Under the same roof“. Normally loved ones, they live under the same roof. As family and friends, although we live under the same roof but often we also fight under the same roof. This is an old problem in every civilization, nationality, community and society. Why do we get divorced? Why we go to the court for different issues? In this blog, I will give a philosophical reasoning based on Bhagavad Gita which would surely help to resolve all your fighting issues.
How to overcome distress – The material world is a world of duality. Can you think of anyone who never had any distress in life? Either someone has financial distress, or family distress, or work stress. If one is lucky not to have any of these, there would be health issues, old age catches up, some near and dear one meet an accident. Sometimes, this distress can take extreme form, and put one in complete delusion in one’s path of duty. In fact, the setting of Bhagavad Gita starts with the distress of Arjuna. He is the greatest warrior world has ever seen. Still, he meets a situation where he has to fight his relatives and teachers, and he is confused about his duty and has lost all his composure.
What is Kala (Time) – The Bhagavad Gita deals with five subject matters which are as follows: Isvara (God), Jiva (living entity), Kala (time), Prakriti (nature), Karma (action). It is important to understand the subject matter of time (kāla). In order to give up our mundane attachments, and be fixed in the path of perfection, one must understand how the dynamics of this world are governed by time.
Why should I Read Bhagavad Gita – Bhagavad Gita is the most quintessential literature among all Vedic compositions. This composition as compiled by the great sage Vyasadeva has been endearing to all those who seek Truth, who look for perfection, who are interested in a complete science of everything irrespective of caste, creed, religion and nationality. This holy book presents the science of life, as it is, which was originally spoken to Arjun by Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the battlefield of Mahabharata approximately 5000 years ago.