Complaining about difficulties in life is something that is quite common among people. I can understand when ‘spiritually poor’ people who are mental slaves of some organised religion, or those who have been brainwashed by God vendors or soul traders do it, but it is painful to see Sanatana Dharmic people upset, complaining, fretting, fuming and cursing god or their fate, due to challenges that they face in life. This only indicates that they haven’t the faintest idea about the natural Cause and Effect principle and about the Advaita Vedanta Philosophy.
The very fact that you are a Sanatana Dharmi (Hindu), is sufficient to show that you already are a greatly blessed soul! It must have taken you hundreds of Janmas or lifetimes of collecting positive Karma to reach this stage! The Sanatana Dharma is a way of life in which asking questions is not only ‘permitted’ but also encouraged. As a matter of fact, the word ‘permitted’ is actually not the right one to be used here, because as per age old traditions of the Sanatana Dharma, there is no such concept of things being permitted or not being permitted, like they are in many man made and organised religions of which, commandments are written in a book; and the head is a jealous and angry god who punishes innocent people for eternity for not respecting him! You could simply punch in ‘jealous god’ on a Google search bar and you will find relevant verses from the holy book of a major organised religion.
Those Dharmic people who wish to find out how dangerous other religions that claim to be loving and peaceful are, might want to try searching on the internet for ‘blasphemy laws in world religions’, and they will surely end up feeling blessed and also extremely grateful for not being a part of such cults.
The very fact that one is born into a Dharmic family indicates their excellent ‘Karmic past’ and their high level of Karmic evolution. Being in a system that promotes thinking and philosophical pursuit, paves the way for further Karmic evolution which is the way towards the ultimate goal of all Jiivaatmas.
Experiencing, learning, growing and evolving, are eternal parts of Dharmic way of life taught by our great ancestors. The Jagadguru or the Guru of the Universe, Shri Bhagavan Krishna said to Arjuna: (SBG 4:34) “Acquire knowledge through reverence to teachers who have known the Truth, serve them and ask them questions until all your questions are answered. The wise who know the Truth will teach it to you.”
The Rig Veda goes as far as posing logical and also skeptical questions even about the very beginning of existence or what is known as the creation of the universe. The 6th Shloka of the Nasadiya Sukta, asks how any god/deity could possibly know about the beginning of existence when they too would have appeared only after the beginning of everything and therefore they could not have been a witness to the event! That is absolute freedom and critical thinking guided by reason! Unfortunately on the other hand, there are some organised religions in which, the punishment for people who dare to ask questions, is public execution either by stoning, hanging or beheading. Try asking yourself who or what could have saved you from a miserable birth into a family that follows a grotesque religion like that. The right answer to that question would be that it was certainly not the stars, the planets or God that granted you your birth in a Dharmic family, but it was none other than you, thanks to your own good past Karma, that achieved it!
Regrettably, despite belonging to the most scientific, rational, nondualistic and only credible philosophy in the whole world, some foolish people get upset and angry with ‘god’ or with their fate when they don’t get what they want; and believe that god is ‘testing’ them when they face tough situations in life. In fact all those unintelligent ideas emanate from the lack of a basic understanding of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, or rather, not understanding that God and I are one; and above all, because of being lazy to read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita which requires hardly three or four hours to complete.
The mind when not controlled or harnessed is of no use to anyone, but it unleashes a chain of reactions that lead a person deeper and deeper into abysmal ignorance and perpetual intellectual darkness, gloom and obscurity.
It needs to be understood that:
i. the mind is nothing but a formless flow of thoughts configured in a particular way
ii. the configuration of the mind, which is the interface between the Atman, the senses and the organs of the body; depends on the strength of the individual Gunas of a person which can be readjusted any time with the help of knowledge acquired through inquiry-based learning, by devoutly following a developed philosophy system, or from a learned and well experienced person that one may call a teacher.
iii. the ego is a result of dualistic thinking or separating oneself from nature. It comes from a mind that has not been harnessed and leads a person to believe that they are superior to others and that they deserve more.
Most religions teach mind control through force. They have strict rules which are documented in their religious books and enforced by the clergy which works for the rulers of the land. They do not allow thinking, reasoning and analytical questions. Blasphemy and apostasy are ruled out using threats of capital punishments. They greatly revere the one or more books that belong to their religion. On the other hand, in the case of the Sanatana Dharma, there are entire libraries of ancient scriptures which could take more than a whole lifetime to read, interpret and comprehend. The good news, however, is that the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, which is known as the nectar of all the Upanishads, is a great point to start, and that the knowledge derived from it, should greatly help in mastering the art of mind management, that will help the seeker live a happy, successful and fulfilling life.
When proper mind management techniques are learned, anyone undergoing mental stress, can easily change the state of their mind within a matter of minutes if not seconds. Realising the Omnipresence of God, who is personified as Bhagavan Krishna, also means that He is present within you. You do not have to go to agents or soul traders to look for Him. Remove ridiculous ideas from your mind that planets are ruining your life or that God is ‘testing your faith’. The entire system we call as the Supreme Bhagavan Krishna, can only love, protect and maintain order in the entire system and will never trouble it or ‘test’ it. SBG 3:24 (Krishna said) “If I ever stopped being engaged in my action, these worlds will perish….”
You and only you are responsible for your present and also for your future. Be judicious in your thoughts, words and deeds through which you are constantly and continuously creating your own future. Do a good job designing your future. According to what I call the 60-20-20 principle, 60% of your destiny has already been created by the Karma that you have brought forward from your previous Janma into your current one, 20% has been created by what you did in the current Janma until this moment, however, the remaining 20% is still open for you, which you can use in order to ‘outweigh’ your past negative Karma and create new positive Karma.
In order to help people develop the habit of looking into themselves to find answers to their questions, instead of wasting their precious time going behind babas and other such ‘God vendors’ who can do nothing to reduce past negative Karma of people, I recommend going through the articles and videos of important Dharmic scriptures, with simple and easy to understand explanations, that I post on this site regularly. This should enable people to get a better understanding of the principle of Cause and Effect and of the Advaita Vedanta Philosophy, so that they can elevate themselves intellectually from lower levels of spirituality that they have been pushed into, thanks to contaminated and apocryphal ideas spread by organised religions through the general education system in India, which is heavily influenced by ‘Macaulayism’; as well as by godmen and godwomen, who talk nonsense on YouTube and on other channels only in order to grow the number of their followers and get richer.
Please take some time and go through the videos given below in the exact order that they have been placed on this page. Once you complete watching the four videos, please read the English translation of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita (read it again even if you have read it already) and follow it by reading the post on Karma.
Remember, solutions to all problems in life can come only from a calm, balanced and well managed mind. Go to Chapter 6 of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita in order to read and understand some simple but important mind management tips given to Arjuna by Bhagavan Krishna.
May you all be blessed with great health, joy, freedom, prosperity and peace of mind.
Jai Shri Krishna
1. The Nasadiya Sukta that raises questions about the beginning of existence
2. The Manduklya Upanishas that explains the four states of consciousness
3. The Ishavasya Upanishad that shows you are a part of the complete whole
4. Four Shlokas from the Kat-hopanishad which uses the analogy of a chariot to explain the different elements that make an individual