nature, I compiled all of these discussions into a Word document which is now being shared with all. Happy reading. Satyam eva jayate, you say? Think about it. Na brooyaat satyam apriyam. Very sincerely V. Laxmanan
GITA APPLIED TO A TRICKY REAL LIFE PROBLEM
Just last week (actually on Dec 9, 2013), I had posted about the sloka from chapter 17, verse 15, which goes as follows:
Anudvegakaram vaakyam satyam priya hitam ca yat
Swaadhyaayaabhyasam caiva vaangmayam tapa ucyate
अनुेगक वायं सयं यतं च यत्
वायायायसनं चैव वाङमयं तप उयते
Here (in chapter 17) Krishna is describing different three types of tapas (asuterities) and one of them is vaangmaya tapas - the austerity of speech. Performing tapas does not mean retreating to the Himalayas and sitting alone on some mountain top and giving up everything. Tapas can be performed daily, where we are, with our body (shaariram), mind (manas), and speech (vaak). The first line of the above sloka says that our speech must have the following characteristics: 1.
should not be agitating anyone (anudvegakaram), 2.
truthful (satyam), 3.
pleasant (priyam), 4.
must be beneficial and motivated by the welfare or good of the person to whom it is addressed (hitam).