Saturday, February 18, 2023

Dilemma resolution

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन |

मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि || 47 ||

"You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work.

You should never engage in action for the sake of reward,

nor should you long for inaction."

"You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction.

The Bhagavad Gita teaches us ways of living. Scripture is very practical. You will find answers for everything. Whenever I struggle for something, I refer to it.   Recently I encountered some questions related to dilemma and dilemma resolution. 

Arjuna was on the brink of a great battle, one that would decide the fate of his kingdom and his people. But as he looked out at the opposing army, he saw many of his own friends and family members among the ranks of his enemies. Overwhelmed with emotion, Arjuna turned to his charioteer, Lord Krishna, and confided in him his dilemma.

"How can I fight against my own kin, my own people?" Arjuna asked Krishna. "It is better to renounce this fight and live in peace."

Krishna, who is an incarnation of the god Vishnu, knew that Arjuna's dilemma was a difficult one. But he also knew that Arjuna had a duty to uphold as a warrior and as a prince.

"Arjuna, you are thinking about this battle in the wrong way," Krishna said. "You are not fighting against your own people, you are fighting for righteousness and justice. You have a duty to protect your people and your kingdom, and that duty requires you to fight."

Krishna went on to explain to Arjuna the principles of dharma, or righteousness, and how it was his duty as a warrior and a prince to uphold these principles. He reminded Arjuna that the soul was eternal and that death was simply a transition to another state of being.

"Know that which pervades the entire body is indestructible. No one is able to destroy the imperishable soul." Krishna said.

Arjuna listened to Krishna's words and his mind was cleared of all doubts. He picked up his bow and arrow and prepared to fight. With Krishna by his side, he entered the battle with courage and conviction. In the end, he emerged victorious, and his people were saved from the threat of invasion.

The story of Arjuna and Krishna's conversation is told in the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most important texts of Hinduism. It is a powerful reminder that even in the midst of the most difficult dilemmas, there is always a way to find a resolution. By turning to wise and knowledgeable people and by understanding and upholding our duties, we can overcome any obstacle that life presents us.

"Bhagavad Gita provides the great framework for resolving dilemmas based on the principles of dharma, or righteous duty. The process can be broken down into several steps"

Identify the dilemma: The first step in resolving a dilemma is to clearly identify the problem or issue at hand. In the case of Arjuna, he was faced with the dilemma of whether or not to fight in a battle against his own people.

Seek guidance: The second step is to seek guidance from a wise and knowledgeable person. In Arjuna's case, he turned to Krishna, who was an incarnation of the god Vishnu.

Seek knowledge: The wise person will provide knowledge about the nature of reality and the principles of dharma (your personal value system)  that should guide one's actions. In Arjuna's case, Krishna taught him about the eternal nature of the soul, the importance of upholding dharma, and the concept of detachment from the fruits of one's actions. The knowledge can be from your mentor, coach, any books you read or even your and your parents and elder’s past experiences.

Choose a course of action: After receiving guidance and knowledge, the individual should choose a course of action that aligns with dharma and upholds their duty. In Arjuna's case, he chose to fight in the battle as a duty to protect his people and uphold dharma.

Take action with detachment: The final step is to take action with a sense of detachment from the fruits of one's actions. This means that the individual should focus on performing their duty and taking action that aligns with dharma, without being attached to the outcomes or results of their actions.

Through this process of seeking guidance and knowledge, choosing a course of action, and taking action with detachment, an individual can resolve a dilemma in a way that upholds their duty and aligns with the principles of dharma. 

The Bhagavad Gita teaches that by following this process, we can find peace and fulfillment in our lives, even in the face of difficult dilemmas.

In resolving a dilemma, it is important to consider not just one's own self-interest, but also the interests of others and the greater good. This requires an understanding of the interconnectedness of all things and a recognition of our shared responsibility to uphold dharma and promote the welfare of all beings.

The Gita also teaches that dharma is not a fixed set of rules or principles, but is rather a dynamic and evolving concept that must be constantly re-evaluated in light of changing circumstances. This means that in resolving a dilemma, one must be flexible and adaptable, and willing to adjust their understanding of dharma as new information and perspectives emerge.

Ultimately, the Gita teaches that by following one's duty and upholding dharma, we can live a life of purpose and fulfillment, and contribute to the well-being of the world around us. Through this framework of ethical decision-making, we can navigate even the most difficult dilemmas with clarity and confidence, and find a path forward that is aligned with our deepest values and aspirations.

"However we should think about Karma before taking any action. Karma, which means "action" or "deed." It is often described as a wheel or cycle of cause and effect. Every action we take, whether good or bad, sets off a chain reaction that will eventually come back to us."

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Saturday, February 04, 2023

Passion: The Driving Force Behind Success and Fulfillment

Prachi had always been searching for her true passion in life. She had tried many different things, but nothing seemed to stick. When she approached me to get support in her career, she spoke about her passion. She mentioned that she was a good dancer but was not sure about making a career in dancing. She also said that she likes writing and she can be an author and journalist in the media industry. I suggested her coach to identify her true purpose in life. 

Coach explained to her about passion and some myths around that. She was shocked to learn that many of the things she had believed about passion were simply not true. For example, she had always thought that passion was something you were born with, but she learned that passion could be developed and cultivated through experience and exploration.

Encouraged by this new knowledge, Prachi decided to start experimenting. She tried new hobbies and took on new challenges, and slowly but surely she started to discover what truly made her happy and fulfilled.

One day, she stumbled upon photography and was immediately drawn to it. She felt a spark of excitement and joy every time she took a picture, and she knew that she had finally found her passion. Prachi threw herself into photography, studying and practicing every day. She learned about the technical aspects of the craft, as well as the creative side, and she was soon able to express herself in ways she never thought possible. She started sharing her work online and quickly gained a following. People were drawn to the beauty and emotion in her pictures, and she was amazed by the positive impact her work was having on others.

Prachi's passion for photography led her to new opportunities and experiences, and she was able to turn her hobby into a successful career. She never forgot the lessons she learned about the myths of passion, and she was grateful for the journey that had led her to where she was.

Passion is often described as a strong feeling of excitement and enthusiasm for something, and it can play a huge role in our lives. Whether it's a hobby, a career, or a cause, having a passion can bring us joy, fulfillment, and a sense of purpose.

However, there are many myths and misconceptions about passion that can hold us back. Let's take a closer look at some of these myths and the reality behind them.

Myth 1: Passion is something you're born with

Reality: While some people may have a natural talent or inclination towards certain things, passion can also be developed and cultivated through experience and exploration. Don't be discouraged if you haven't found your passion yet – keep trying new things and exploring your interests, and you may be surprised by what you discover.

Myth 2: Passion is the same as a hobby

Reality: While passion can certainly be a hobby, it can also refer to a deeper calling or purpose that drives your work and life. It's not just about doing something you enjoy – it's about finding something that brings meaning and fulfillment to your life.

Myth 3: You can only have one passion

Reality: People are complex and multi-faceted, and it's possible to have multiple passions and interests throughout your life. Don't feel limited to just one thing – embrace your diverse passions and interests, and see where they take you.

Myth 4: Passion means never having to work a day in your life

Reality: While having a job you're passionate about can be incredibly rewarding, it still requires hard work and dedication. Passion is not just about feeling good – it's about making a difference and pursuing your goals, even when it's difficult.

Myth 4: Passion equals success

Reality: Having a passion for something is a great start, but it takes more than that to achieve success. Passion must be combined with hard work, dedication, and a willingness to learn and grow.

Passion is a complex and multifaceted concept that is often subject to myths and misconceptions. By understanding the reality of what passion entails, we can better pursue our interests and achieve our goals.

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