The Elusive Peace - Gita Shows It to You
We see restlessness all around. Everyone seems to be trying frantically to make the most of one’s life. How to get that elusive peace that seems to have been eluding all of us?
The businessperson is spending sleepless nights trying to earn more wealth and save income tax. The politician is overworking 48 hours out of 24 hours daily to get or retain the political power at all costs. The bureaucrat is leaving no corner unturned to ensure continuous rapid career progression.
The staff in the office is busy investing tremendous time, effort and energy in trying to always remain in the excellent books of the boss.
The housewife is busy all day long figuring out how best to handle her husband and her acrimonious mother-in-law besides managing the household expenditure within the limited budget. So is the mother-in-law who is using up all her time to tame her that seemingly untamable daughter-in-law.
The wife is scratching her head all the time lamenting about her errant husband. The boyfriend remains uncertain whether his lady love is involved with some other guy or not.
The student has become pale studying all night for CAT/GMAT, yet is full of stress and unsure of cracking it for an MBA seat in the top business management institutes.
The parents are tense trying to finish that unmanageable bizarre summer vacation home-work in the form of a Solar- System chart that was given to their second grade toddler.The rickshaw puller and cab driver is keeping one’s fingers crossed in anxiety waiting for a passenger or two to ferry.
The blogger is wrecking head wondering as to what it takes to get a large following or get one’s blog published in the reputed daily’s print edition. Although the blogger may have correctly figured it out that the existing selectors simply dislike the very mention of the blogger’s name and would never publish the blogger’s blog, or simply that the blogger’s blogs don’t meet the exacting standards set by the governing body or worse the blogs fall short of certain whimsical criteria known best only to the blog-selectors themselves yet the stupid blogger may continue being unhappy with the blog-selectors for no serious reason...!
One newspaper’s owner is trying to outcompete the other competing daily from the market.
Mummy dear is tense trying to ensure that her school going kid does school home work instead of wasting timeline chatting on Facebook, Twitter and other similar social networking sites and so on…!
The FM [Finance Minister] is worried as to how to ensure a spurt in exports and stop the downhill movement of the Rupee vis-à-vis the American Dollar. The Prime Minister is concerned how to ensure no pilferage from the schemes like NREGA meant for benefitting the really rural poor. The Home Minister is sleepless on how to control the deteriorating internal security scenario.
These are just a few of the examples from our daily life that show our too much preoccupation with our daily lives that find nearly each of us asking for some peace, yes, at least some amount of peace in our lives…!
Why is this peace so elusive for most of us mortals?
Shreemada Bhagawat Gita has a answer to this simple yet vexing question.
In the verse number 12 of the chapter number 12, Lord Krishna says to Arjun, “….renouncing or giving up [Tyag] the fruits/results of one’s action for me (Krishna) is better than meditating on my form [Dhyan] which is better than indirect knowledge [Prokshha Gyan] of me that is better than the Yoga done [Abhyas] without understanding the true essence…Absolute Peace [Parama Shante] is received immediately from the Tyag.”
Peace becomes elusive when we start expecting results or fruits from our actions.
There are two possible scenarios here. In the first, you are tense in the anticipation of the desired results. In the second case, when you don’t get what you had expected as the desired result from your actions then you become tense. You start wondering – I spent so much time, money, energy, efforts, it has all gone waste for nothing.
You simply have to do your work and conclude it by saying to your sweet self, “Well, I dedicate or give up the results to Lord Krishna [Almighty], I don’t expect anything from my action.”
Krishna here means the Almighty and not any specific person as such.
Gita does not ask you to stop performing actions. All that it suggests is: Do your best and forget about the results, since you have no ownership of the results any more. It is the Almighty now who has the ownership rights.
There is a popular saying in Hindi literature, "Naekee kar aur dareeyaa maein daal...!"
This line of action or Tyag frees your mind from all expectations from your actions. When you have no expectation then you stop instantly worrying about whether your actions shall get you the desired outcome or not. The net result is that your mind remains at peace and peace within is what you have been looking for…!
~ J G M J V S A J