Gita promotes detachment. “Do your duty without attaching yourself to the mind.”
What’s living with Awareness in this context?
Do your duty as per the requirement of the place you are in. Do that duty without any expectation. When you do not think about the result while doing the duty, your contribution is 100% on what you are doing.
Do not allow the mind to vacillate between past and future. Here past means emotions and thoughts generated just before the action, and future means the feelings that you will get after the completion of action.
Living with Awareness teaches how to take action without attaching to the result. It is a practical workshop.
How Do We React in Real Life
A man was riding a scooter. He crossed the signal inadvertently while it was red. He was stopped by a (Chennai) cop. How does he behave?
- If he says that he would accept any penalty since he has committed wrong- he is activating his Brahminical part.
- If he responds by saying, “Do you know who I am? I am related to the minister of social welfare. I am going to call him now!” and phones up – he’s activating the Kshatriya part.
- If the same person tries to bribe and escape, he is activating the Vysya part.
- The same person escapes without stopping his vehicle at all. If he runs away like this, then he is activating the Sudra part of his mind.
Why do you drag Bhagavat Gita in to this workshop on “Living with Awareness”? You as a healer talk about forgiveness, love and thanks, while Bhagavat Gita promotes violence. The Gita talks about Kshatriya Darma (warrior’s responsibilities), fighting, killing, etc. You seem to be contradicting.
Naran S. Balakumar
One can interpret Gita in many ways. There are so many criticisms, controversies and commentaries for Gita. This shows the popularity of the Bhagavat Gita.
How a healer should understand it? Gita does not promote violence. It promotes detachment. It says, “Do your duty without attaching yourself to the mind”.
What does Krishna mean when he said, “Arjuna, you are a Kshatriya (warrior) and therefore your duty is to fight”. He categorically said that the battleground is a place of implementation and not a place for analysis.
Did Krishna Promote Violence
My answer to your question, “Did Krishna promote violence through Gita”, is “NO”.
Krishna said, “Arjuna, you had already taken a decision, based on Darma. This is the battleground, where one has to activate the Kshatriya part (military part) of the mind. The decision was taken already. The battleground is a place of implementation. A jawan should just carry out the orders of his superiors. The Jawan (soldier) should fight but cannot question the Major General. There is no right or wrong in the war front. Fight is the order. There is no violence in the war front. The Military mind is fighting to protect. Arjuna, your duty now is to fight. Activate that part. Deactivate other parts.”
Gita does not promote violence. It promotes detachment. “Do your duty without attaching yourself to the mind.”
If Arjuna asked his questions/doubts when Pandavas were deciding for war instead on the battleground, Krishna would have answered differently and different Gita would have been with us today.
During the discussion before the war Arjuna instead of activating his Brahminical part activated his Kshatriya mind and clamoured for war. Strangely, he activated his Brahminical part in the war front instead of his Kshatriya part. That is why today’s Gita was born!
Next Post on Living with Awareness Series Part III:
How to Practice Living with Awareness in the way mentioned by Bhagavat Gita?