Even then, one could say that there is no dearth of the sets of time-winning advices towards achieving a fuller life. This statement, however, calls for an inference that the lack of adherence to them is actually causing the damage. As for example, the set of advices in Bhagavad-gita towards better living is now available worldwide. They are aligned to the universal principles of creation, and are extremely important tools to achieve a fuller, contented life. In spite of that there is so much turmoil around the globe, which justifies the assumption that society is ignoring the vital lessons it needs to earn peace, prosperity and happiness.
This essay therefore, goes on to corroborate the above-mentioned views by taking just two lessons from Bhagavad-gita for discussion along with examples of how the modern society is not adhering to them and consequently generating despair and discontent among its rank and file. Lesson 1: Desire Begets Anger: Chapter 2, Verse 62 Original Sanskrit script: dhyaayato vishayaan. h puMsaH saN^gasteshhupajaayate saN^gaat. h saMjaayate kaamaH kaamaat. h krodho. abhijaayate || English Quotation When a person dwells longingly on sense objects An inclination towards them is generated. This inclination develops into desire
And desire gives rise to anger. [Chapter 2, Verse 62] Explanation of Verse 62 The first lesson tells that one should not orient his/her thought or activity with the idea of materialistic gain, because that kind of inclination would generate desire which destabilizes the balance of mind and thus paves way for anger understandably, from the frustration. This happens because desire puts forth a mirage of satisfaction with objects before anyone no matter how fast or how meticulously one aims to achieve satisfaction by acquiring objects, that milestone of satisfaction still remains elusive to him/her.
This is a frustrating situation and is bound to generate anger in a person. Example 1: How the Lesson in Verse 62 now being Violated With the advent of globalization, the general attitude towards life has become one of accumulating money and other objects of desire, due to an organized endeavor to endorse and fuel this attitude by constant campaign and appropriate production. This environment is thus breeding desperation among people from all rank and file to rise to the prescribed rank of happy and successful band of achievers.
Accordingly, this flight of fancy has been proving nightmarish to many by engulfing them with worry, stress, fear and finally with erratic behavior the last shout for the lost world! Had this band of people abstained from inclining themselves to earthly objects, there would not have been so much discontent in them, which is evident in the soaring numbers of divorce, suicide, bankruptcy or other criminal cases stemming out of this mad rush of winning the life with a wrong roadmap. All of such unfortunate events are direct or indirect outcome of anger.
Thus, this speaks about how the people of modern times is violating the invaluable advice in Verse 62 and finally becoming the victim of anger. Lesson 2: Anger Burns All: Chapter 2, Verse 63 Original Sanskrit script: krodhaadbhavati saMmohaH saMmohaatsmR^itivibhramaH | smR^itibhraMshaadbuddhinaasho buddhinaashaatpraNashyati || English Quotation : From anger proceeds delusion; From delusion, confused memory; From confused memory the ruin of reason; Due to ruin of reason, he finally perishes. [Chapter 2, Verse 63] Explanation of Verse 63
The second lesson puts light on the final outcome of a tryst with desire by revealing its roadmap. Picking up the issue where a victim of desire surrenders to anger, it first points at the disastrous effect of anger on such a victim that it blinds his/her memory, the data bank of experience, which forms the basis of reasoning, together with intelligence. Thus, with the absence of experience, the angry person fails to reason the future course of action, no matter how much intelligent s/he is. This finally pushes the victim to a blind lane to meet the disaster. Example 2: How the Lesson in Verse 63 now being Violated
Smitten by the philosophy of Money Rules the Roost, business organizations are no less bitten by this bug, where they are stretching themselves beyond ethics and consequently burning their own backs. The example of Enron or the likes of it substantiates this situation, alongside numerous cases where the companies had violated the norms of standard trade and perished. It is the unhealthy business competition that is violating this lesson of Verse 63. Reason Behind Selecting These lessons Between them they behold the beginning and end of an idea, thereby generating a cause and effect situation in its totality.
Example 3: Terrorism & War This example evidences a total violation of both the lessons of Verse 62 and 63. What kind of reason can justify an act of terrorism? If there isnt any, then it should point at its back story, where one is sure to find a trail of desire, which has brought these terrorist up to the point of bankruptcy of reasoning, before pushing them to the gory lane of doom. Even the history has lost its count of such events, which, in the name of either religion or territorial defense, rose and fell without making any headway. Terrorism also amplifies the fact that orientation with desire even misguides ones intelligence.
The holocaust or 9/11 bears the testimony to that. CONCLUSION All the instances cited above clearly show that they lack in direction, which was supposed to stem out from the orientation of their thought. This deviation from the ideal destination is the ample proof that they have violated the universal principles of a successful individual or collective journey of life, which are clearly placed in Bhagvad-gita.
Ends Works Consulted Das, S. P. Leadership Lessons from Bhagavad-gita. Retrieved 4 Nov. 2007, from http://www. atmayogi. com/files/Leadership%20Lessons%20from%20Bhag avad- gita_0. pdf