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Books and masters, systems and disciplines, are there to guide you when you grope, correct you when you err, enthuse you when you despair. But it is you that should get guided, corrected and enthused. Therefore, freedom lies in your hands, does it not? It does.
The teaching tradition of Vedanta is as important as even its vision of oneness. This is so because the vision is solely dependent on the method of handling the words unfolding the vision.
With all the hidden variables, no human being can have every thing he or she would like. One is bound to have deeply felt wishes in different spheres of a life that is subject to influences from forces known and unknown. Helplessness, if not despair, is unavoidable. Nothing is more painful to live with than this exasperating helplessness. Intelligent living is to seek help from a real source of help before letting helplessness overwhelm one. Prayer is seeking help and it is as real as one’s level of understanding of the altar from which one seeks help.
A classical interpretation for the modern mind. For centuries the Bhagavad Gita has remained the single most influential philosophical text shaping Indian thought and life. It addresses itself foursquare to the universal limitations each human being is confronted with : ignorance, sorrow and death. The teaching of the Bhagavad Gita opens with the audacious statement that all these are illegitimate problems caused by ignorance about the real nature of the self. Drawing upon the essence of all Upanishads, Gita explains how the self, the atman, is limitless, indestructible, unborn. This knowledge, Brahmavidya, frees one from all sense of limitation. This is the principal teaching of the Bhagavad Gita. Swami Dayananda’s is a classical vedantic interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita. Without getting lost in a rigid verse-by-verse translation, he plunges with great verve and energy into the central theme of the Gita, unerringly picking and choosing key verses to highlight its message. A highly respected and very popular teacher of vedanta, Swami Dayananda succeeds marvellously in conveying the profundity of the Bhagavad Gita, unfolding its teaching with a style and clarity which will appeal to every modern mind.
When one reacts one is not able to measure up to a situation in spite of the powers at one’s command. Reactions crystallise themselves to create a personality out of a person. Awareness of oneself in every situation gives one enough inner space to play one’s roles following the relevant scripts. Reactions old and piled up get neutralised. One is no more a personality but a person totally acceptable to oneself and others.
Assimilation Of Knowledge
We change ourselves by our own initiative. This small booklet discusses some useful areas which deserve our attention and effort to bring about that change.