Gita Acharan |English

The grudges and hatred we carry are a major source of our misery which we develop when others harm us through their words and deeds or when others don't acknowledge our help or favours. The root cause of hatred is our assumption that we as well as others are ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™๐™– (doer) which leads to ๐˜ผ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™–๐™–๐™ง (๐™–๐™๐™–๐™ข-๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™๐™– or I am doer) whereas our ๐™œ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™–๐™จ (characters) are in fact, the real ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™๐™–. This leads to ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™–-๐™—๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™๐™–๐™ฃ (bondage of action) of grudges and hatred as we are bound to 'others' for life. To overcome this, Krishna earlier advised us to drop ๐™™๐™ฌ๐™š๐™จ๐™ (hatred) while performing ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™–๐™จ at hand (5.3).


Krishna further says, "Whatever you do, whatever you eat do them as an offering to Me" (9.27). Earlier Krishna said that (2.14) one should be aware about the polarities of pain and pleasure generated during the interaction of senses and sense objects; and learn to ignore them as they are transient (๐™Ž๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™๐™ฎ๐™– ๐™”๐™ค๐™œ๐™–). Using eating as an example, He now says to offer that interaction to HIM (๐˜ฝ๐™๐™–๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ž ๐™”๐™ค๐™œ๐™–). Both of these paths are to transcend polarities to be ๐˜ฟ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ฌ๐™–-๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ (beyond polarities).


Secondly, Krishna says whatever we do, do it as an offering to HIM. This is nothing but offering our sense of doer-ship to HIM while performing the ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™–๐™จ and in other words offering ๐˜ผ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™–๐™–๐™ง to HIM. Krishna assures that when we implement them we will be free of ๐™†๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™– ๐™—๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™๐™–๐™ฃ (9.28) where nothing in this world can affect us as one attains ultimate freedom (๐™ข๐™ค๐™ ๐™จ๐™๐™–).


Measuring our progress in the spiritual journey of joy is a difficult job as either our or others' outward behaviour is no indicator. The degree of ๐™†๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™– ๐™—๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™๐™–๐™ฃ in terms of grudges and hatred generated in us by the events of the external world is a great indicator of our progress.

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