Don’t put ‘Soul’ across intellectual microscope

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

Don't put 'Soul' across intellectual microscope
Don’t put ‘Soul’ across intellectual microscope

“Our inner consciousness is the most basic thing, like your God Particle. It is as natural as the natural world around us and to put it across the intellectual microscope is like trying to find which part of the thread has the whole design of cosmic fabric. And when one understands that there is something beyond the scope of our search, it may do well to go with that understanding. It is most natural to do so. The problem with most of us is that we infer our understanding with imagination and logic, and not accept as it is.” – Anishka to Ayan in the book “Songs of the Mist” (Page 172)

The most powerful Bhagwad Gita shlokas for Karma Yogi / Students

In the book Songs of the Mist,  the mysterious Monk takes the protagonist Ashutosh along with him in his journey across Himalaya. During these wanderings, he used to breakout into singing some songs, which as he explained to Ashutosh is based on the teachings of Bhagwad Gita.  The 3rd Songis about the most powerful Shlokas of Bhagwad Gita from Chapter 3 in which Lord Krishna talks about Karma Yoga.

In the shloka 33, Krishna talks about the natural tendency of a person to do things according their nature (prakriti), so what can one gain by repressing those sense desires born out of ones own nature… but then Lord Krishna goes on to say in the next Shloka 34, that the naturally experienced desires and its fulfilment, should not control us.

Window of opportunity
Window of opportunity

The mysterious Monk explains the process of Karma Yogi, to overcome these natural tendencies to Ashutosh, as he says…

There is a small gap (window of opportunity) between the subconscious desire and the subsequent action (karma) to acquire that sense object. This is where a you as a Karma Yogi or a Seeker has to focus. This is where all meditation, practice of abstinence, filtering our thoughts, choosing positive thoughts etc. works, because this momentary gap alone, which is in between transition from subconscious desire to action, is controllable.” – The Monk

Bhagwad Gita Chapter 3 Verse 33
सदृशं चेष्टते स्वस्या: प्रकृतेर्ज्ञानवानपि |
प्रकृतिं यान्ति भूतानि निग्रह: किं करिष्यति || 33||
sadṛiśhaṁ cheṣhṭate svasyāḥ prakṛiter jñānavān api
prakṛitiṁ yānti bhūtāni nigrahaḥ kiṁ kariṣhyati

Even wise people act according to their natures, for all living beings are propelled by their natural tendencies. What will one gain by repression?
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Bhagwad Gita Chapter 3 Verse 34
इन्द्रियस्येन्द्रियस्यार्थे रागद्वेषौ व्यवस्थितौ |
तयोर्न वशमागच्छेत्तौ ह्यस्य परिपन्थिनौ || 34||
indriyasyendriyasyārthe rāga-dveṣhau vyavasthitau
tayor na vaśham āgachchhet tau hyasya paripanthinau

The senses naturally experience attachment and aversion to the sense objects, but do not be controlled by them, for they are way-layers and foes.
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NOTE from the Author: Only 2 songs of the mysterious monks are published in the book, all 9 songs are going to be published soon…