The monthly programme called “Mann ki Baat” or the “Words from the heart” by Shri Narendra Modiji is a programme that I never miss. The honourable Indian Prime Minister’s monthly talk to Indians is broadcast through this wonderful programme in which he informs Indians of the work he did during that period and also fills it with great pearls of wisdom that he has amassed during his lifetime.
Among the different topics he spoke about in “Mann ki Baat” dated 29.09.2019, he touched upon the topic of modesty. Shri Modiji called the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar on the telephone and greeted her for birthday. The telephone conversation was broadcast in the programme. When Shri Modiji admired her for all her achievements, the great singer humbly said that she owed everything to her parents and of course to her listeners. This modesty of hers despite her being a great star, earned her another round of lavish appreciation from Shri Modiji.
Shri Modiji quoted the above poem from the Hariharasubhaashita of Harihara, which likens the union of knowledge and modesty with that of gems and gold.
An expensive decorative earthen vase ceases to be one the moment it falls from a height of two feet or when it is struck by someone using a hard object. However, the fact that it is earth, never changes. The broken pieces of an earthen vase can be crushed, kneaded using water, be put on a potter’s wheel and formed into a new vase, jug or pot again.
Likewise, people are nothing but pure consciousness in different physical forms which are not permanent. All external forms undergo changes but the true Self can neither be changed nor destroyed.
SBG 2:20 The Self is never born, nor does it die at any time. It does not come into existence by being born. The Self is constant. It is not killed when the body dies.
SBG 13:32 Just as the all-pervading ether is not tainted because of its subtlety, the Self that is seated everywhere in the body, does not mix with it nor is affected by it.
Those who are aware of the above truth are not affected by states of mind such as vanity, arrogance, narcissism, fear, greed, jealousy and hatred.
Shri Bhagavan Krishna taught Arjuna the importance of knowledge without any arrogance.
SBG 3:27 All actions are done by the three kinds of material nature called ‘Gunas’, but he, whose mind is deluded by false ego and arrogance, thinks “I am the doer.”
SBG 3:30 Renounce all your works completely in me, with your mind with full knowledge of the Self and without expecting any benefits. Be clear of arrogance and laziness and fight.
SBG 3:28 But O mighty-armed Arjuna, the one who knows the absolute Truth that the Gunas and the actions springing from them are different from the Self, is not attached. They understand that it is not the Self, but it is the Gunas that go for the respective objects, which are also products of the same Gunas.
SBG 4:19 A person whose every action is devoid of selfish desires and whose actions are burned by the fire of knowledge is known to be a wise and highly learned person.
SBG 4:34 Acquire knowledge through reverence to teachers who have known the Truth, serve them and ask them questions until all of them are answered. The wise who know the Truth will teach it to you.
SBG 4:35 After acquiring that knowledge, O Arjuna, you will not be deluded like this anymore and by that knowledge, you will see all creatures in you and them in Me.
SBG 4:37 Just as a blazing fire burns wood used as fuel into ashes, O Arjuna, knowledge burns all actions and reactions due to material activities, into ashes.
“A great man is always willing to be little.”
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