The Union of Knowledge with Modesty

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.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the main problems with many Sanatana Dharmic people aka Hindus is their sheer laziness to spend 3 hours of their time to read a simple translation of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita in a language of their choice.  They would gladly spend that time to watch some film but would find it extremely difficult to invest it to acquire the knowledge taught in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.  In reality, one or two thorough reads of the great scripture can clear their mind and make them a hundred times smarter and more knowledgeable about life, death, Krishna, Brahman, Karma, Dharma and Advaita Vedanta in general than many of the bearded charlatans masquerading as great spiritual gurus and roll in the wealth created from their gullible and sycophantic followers who are plain lackadaisical to read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
Not reading the Srimad Bhagavad Gita which is the nectar of all the Vedas, and not learning at least the basics of organised cults that arrived into India through marauders, usurpers and colonisers, are two of the prime causes for what is known as ‘Hindu-bashing’ which is increasing and also the conversion of Dharmic people into ridiculous desert cults based on bizarre ideas of God.
Reading the Srimad Bhagavad Gita or going through it at least once is a simple yet most important step that everyone could take in order to protect and preserve the Sanatana Dharma apart from glorifying it and presenting it to future generations in a rational, logical and scientific manner.
The new audiobook “The Srimad Bhagavad Gita in English retold and read for you by Tavamithram Sarvada,” has been made in order to make it easier for people who either do not have the time, the patience or the inclination to take the grand step of reading the book and receiving great enlightenment in their life.
Please click on the links given below to the different stores from where the Audiobook can be downloaded.
May you all be blessed with the Divine knowledge of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita imparted by Bhagavan Shri Krishna and may you and your loved ones live a healthy, peaceful, prosperous and fulfilling life.
Jai Shri Krishna

It is your personal Audiobook that you can hear anytime – while you are at home, while driving, while travelling, when you are taking a walk or simply when you feel like taking off from your routine and calming your mind and empowering yourself with Divine Knowledge, Blessings and Energy.

20 minute sample of the audiobook: “The Srimad Bhagavad Gita in English retold and read for you by Tavamithram Sarvada”

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