The ‘Who am I’ question has always intrigued people of almost all civilisations. There have been numerous renowned philosophers who came out with their own answers to the question. The French philosopher René Descartes, who is known as the father of modern philosophy, gave a conclusive statement saying, “I think and therefore I am.” He meant that it is only through our mind that we know that we exist and therefore if we can think, we exist. On the other hand, according to the teachings of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, it is “I am and therefore I think!”
Feelings such as happiness, sadness, fear, anger, desperation, hatred, etc are states of mind. You are happy or sad only when you think of whatever it is that gives you those feelings. It is the way you perceive different situations that cause to the different states of mind. One one hand, being attached to people, to objects, to one’s work or accomplishments apart from their feeling of ownership of what they believe they possess, can give rise to the fear of the risk of losing them. This fear of losing leads people to take the wrong decisions which can have serious repercussions and cause irreversible damages in one’s life. When the fear of losing has taken control over one’s mind, they not only give up but they also give themselves lame excuses and baseless reasons in order to justify to themselves their decision to quit. This decision to quit, however, does not solve their problem or make them feel better! It only makes them even more despondent.
The Bhagavad Gita begins with the chapter that talks about the feelings of despondency, weakness and confusion that took over Arjuna’s intellect. His despondent state of mind was about to turn him, who was known as a valiant, intelligent and knowledgeable warrior king, into a coward, destroy his perspicacity and drive him towards delusion, failure, defeat and ignominy.
However, Arjuna took an extremely important step that people in a despondent state of mind need to take in order to improve their situation and achieve their goals. What he did was to concede that he had an unclear mind, and asked Krishna to accept him as His pupil and teach him the way to counter the problem that he was facing. The knowledge and advice that Arjuna received from Krishna, changed his way of thinking and perceiving things as a result of which, Arjuna attained grand success.
The two hours and fifty minutes that you spend on this audiobook of the complete Srimad Bhagavad Gita in English presented by Tavamithram Sarvada will help you:
i. Correct flaws in your thinking as well as in your perception of reality,
ii. Understand the natural ‘Cause and Effect’ principle,
iii. Become fearless, self-confident, generous and socially responsible,
iv. Reset your life by learning to override all your negative past Karma through Divine Knowledge, and,
v. Most importantly, learn to recognise your TRUE SELF and Master the Art of Mastering your Mind