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September, 2015

Arun daya
Hare Krishna Youth Journal

To Enlighten, Inspire and Guide

Five factors that influence your performance


Be your own mentor - A working model
Art of deriving happiness from your work

Bhagavad Gita - The King of Education

Five factors that influence your performance


these five causes. For example, if a student aims at
high rank in studies then he should ensure the following factors - a place to study, himself (with fitness for
study), all the necessary things (such as books, computer, pens, table, etc.), his concentrated efforts, and
finally the Supreme Lord will give rise to positive results.

Thus everyone should ensure complete arrangement of the four factors


for successful completion of the chosen task. He then should invoke the
sanction from the Supreme Lord.
For example if one wants to hold a glass of water in
hand then all the five fingers have to hold the glass
tightly. Of these five fingers, if the thumb doesnt support the endeavor of the other four fingers, the above
said action cannot take place. Thus, thumb is the
deciding factor or super cause for holding the water
glass. Another important point to be noted here is
thumb alone also cannot hold the glass. First, four
fingers surround the glass, then final fix is done by
the thumb. Thumb neither alone makes efforts to
hold the glass nor can hold by itself. Similarly, the
Supreme Lord never takes initiative in your endeavors; you have to begin your efforts for four factors,
and then look for fifth super causes contribution.

We often think that only I am responsible for accomplishment of my work and nothing else. But how
far is this true? Lets see what Lord Sri Krishna said
about it in Bhagavad Gita.
O mighty-armed Arjuna, according to the Vedanta
there are five causes for the accomplishment for all
actions. Now learn of these from me. (BG. 18.13).

Thus everyone should ensure complete arrangement


of the four factors for successful completion of the
chosen task. He then should invoke the sanction
from the Supreme Lord. It is also important to understand the Gods desire; He may sanction something
for encouraging us from a situation, but His desire
may or may not be one with what we as individual
desire. Bhagavad Gita also tells us how to know
Gods desires.

The place of action (the body), the performer, the


various senses, the many different kinds of endeavor, and ultimately the Super soul-these are the
five factors of action. (BG. 18.14)
For success in all activities one should consider

Author: H.G. Vaishnavanghri Sevaka das holds Ph.D. in Polymer science, working as technology specialist in Polymer Industry at Mumbai, India. He passionately derives working models, from Bhagavad-Gita,
for successful life in the modern age. He translated Srila Prabhupadas Bhagavad-Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Sri Chaitanya Charitamritam into Telugu (South Indian language). He actively contributes for
Telugu BTG (Bhagavaddarshan).

Be Your Own Mentor [Part-1]

A working model for you


How is mentor different from a teacher? The mentor has a personal connect with the mentee, whereas
a modern teacher may or may not have personal connect with the student.
Despite of the personal connect, when faced with a
real life test or examination, do we have the teacher
or mentor physically present next to us for any help?
Answer is no. A mentor motivates the mentee enabling him or her to learn through self study.

Be your own mentor refers to the


mentor invoked within you before
applying the acquired learning to a
real life situation.
After learning, at every instance of using the learning,
you need to recall the acquired relevant conceptual
knowledge, practical learning, related data/facts and
any experience or best practices. Such recall invokes
a mentor within you guiding you to successfully apply
the acquired learning. The mentor thus invoked inside
you always gets inspiration from the actual mentor,
who motivated and guided you to learn.

Your skills and learning will then remain evergreen


guaranteeing the success in every test or examination
you face in your life!

Your skills and learning will then


remain evergreen guaranteeing the
success in every test or examination
you face in your life!

Be your own mentor refers to the mentor invoked


within you before applying the acquired learning to a
real life situation.

Every month the subsequent articles under this topic


will present the data, information and framework
available from scriptural sources.

Can the invoked mentor within you fail to adequately


equip you with the crucial data, information, framework and analysis required by you to be able to successfully leverage the acquired skills for passing a
test or examination in real life? Answer is yes.

The author will also aim to equip the readers with


certain tools and techniques for analyzing and using
the acquired learning.

Be your own mentor series will aim to equip you with


the knowledge and techniques required to ensure
that the invoked mentor has capability to deal with
the internal (mind) and external factors in real life
situation and leads you towards the success.

It will lead to evolved thinking and activated intelligence of the readers to successfully mentor themselves before any test, examination or decision making in their life.

Author: Harsha Lalitha devi dasi (Dr. Hima Bindu), M.D.. Presently working as Associate Professor in the
Dept of Pharmacology, Kakatiya Medical College (KMC), Warangal (TS), India. She is very sought after
faculty and recipient of the best teacher award at KMC. Earlier she worked as surgeon at a Primary
Health Center (PHC). She also served as Girls VOICE coordinator, for preaching youth of NIT, Warangal.

Art of Work [Part-1]

Turning work into art


performs a particular art, whereas a worker just does
the work. Also there is a large difference in accomplishment by performing an art vis--vis doing some
ordinary work. Hence, an intelligent person will like to
know what it takes to turn the work into art and
how can one be sure of achieving this? A step-by-step
process to achieve this objective is given below.

Intelligent person will like to know


what it takes to turn the work into
art and how can one be sure of
achieving this?
1. Adopting reliable and authentic methodology
available from recognized educational institutions
or art centers run under a well established and
regulated system.
2. Learning from an expert guide or trainer who is
accomplished with proven credentials that can be
traced to the originators of the art.

Why is it mission accomplished for someone and

3. Practicing with perseverance (tapa) to attain required skills. It should be done with full faith and
determination. Ingenuity and creativity play an important role during this phase.

mission impossible for others? Can ordinary way of


doing things guarantee success? Answer is No. Then
what an achiever does differently?
Every moment, each one of us does some work knowingly or unknowingly, by putting considerable effort or
almost effortlessly. However, only some of us are able
to derive satisfaction, happiness, peace, sense of
achievement and appreciation for the work. The Key
differentiator leading to such an outcome is the art
or art of work.

4. Identifying clear goals and milestones to be


achieved. Aspiration and dreams of acquiring the
art must be intelligently turned into achievable and
measurable goals.
5. Planning and executing the plan taking into account the available time and resources for every
milestone of the plan.

For example, an arbitrary spreading of colors on a


canvas can only spoil the canvas, while doing the
same work differently may give it the look of a beautiful painting. The painting is perceived as a piece of
art as it is the outcome of some special skills applied differently than normal work. An artist, thus

If we intelligently perform the above steps, we can be


sure to turn the work into art for many of the things
that we do in our life. Then, our efforts will lead to
satisfaction, happiness, peace, sense of achievement
and appreciation.

Author: Amogh Gauranga Das, M.S. (Systems & Information, BITS Pilani). He currently leads IPR team
for corporate R&D of a large MNC. Earlier worked for Technology & Product development in IT industry
and served engineering education for long as faculty at BITS Pilani & Mumbai University. He learnt
multimedia and other technical skills to support KC preaching activities.

Material Problems - Spiritual Solutions


How to deal with the Most Dangerous STRESS Among Youth?
is becoming alarming, because youth are following
western culture more than our own Vedic culture.
The stress can be either positive (Eustress) or negative (Distress). The eustress helps us to perform certain activities and motivates us to face challenges in
our lives in addition to keeping us alert. But the same
eustress if it exists for longer periods it becomes as
distress. While distress creates havoc in life and further results in making our mind over reactive in certain situations. When the stress levels in our body
goes beyond eustress levels, then our psychological

Human society is now-a-days facing most dangerous

Suicide risk among atheists is 3 to 6


times more than spiritual minded
people (aged between 20 to 34
years).

and alarming disease named as STRESS. Stress is


a condition of physical or emotional tension which
arises due to the persons reaction for different situations in life especially when they are threatened or in
anxiety. This stress factor is found to be most difficult
to manage. People especially in their young age are
facing disturbances in their emotional, family and
social life. Further, the stress leads to dissatisfaction
due to reduced creativity, enthusiasm and commitment.

An American Journal of Epidemiology in their issue


(March 2002) reported that the suicide risk among
atheists is 3 to 6 times more than spiritual minded
people (aged between 20 to 34 years). Research findings by West Virginia University, USA concluded that
the spiritual practices like Yoga, meditation along
with prayers and chanting the Holy names of the Lord
will surely reduce the levels of distress and gives
mental strength to control our mind for such activities. Here are some of the healthy ways or practical
tips to reduce the stress levels especially during
young age of our lives.

The research at medical college of Cornell University,


USA found that stress can affect the person both
physically and mentally. It may lead to restlessness
and sometime making youth addicted to either smoking or drinking and sometimes even to forbidden
drugs. People are even opting to commit suicide when

Try to balance academics with extracurricular activities such as sports and exercises.
Avoid addiction to bad habits and inculcate good
habits.
Manage the most valuable time, so that we can
complete our works well within time.
Have a regulated life style.
Associate with people whose company will help in
cultivating values, morals and ethics .
Study the Holy Scriptures like Bhagavad Gita, Srimad

they are unable to tolerate the stress. Surprisingly


amongst all the species it is only the human beings, considered to be more intelligent, who think of committing
suicide. As per statistics, over 1 million people commit
suicide every year, in other words one death in every 30
sec. Further, people who are attempting suicide are even
more for every 4 sec one person is attempting (10

times more than the actual number of deaths).

Bhagavatam, Ramayanam etc.

Even in the cultured countries like India, the situation

Author: Hare Krishnananda Das, Ph.D. [Civil Engineering from NIT, Warangal] presently works as Associate
Professor at NIT, Warangal. He has vast experience in engineering research and teaching with more than 60
technical publications in reputed journals and conferences including the ones honored as best paper awards.
He is actively associated with KC preaching activities for several years.

When I do my work perfectly,


where is the need to worship God?
stop all sinful activities. Meat eating, liquor consumption, illicit man-woman relationship and gambling are
the four sinful activities of Kaliyug. If man is able to
stop these sinful activities, he would have done a
great favor. When a man is involved in the sinful activities and also worships God, then it is a waste. As
long as a man keeps away from the above four sins,
he is far away from being a sinner and one day by the
mercy of God, would become His devotee. Everybody
cannot get an opportunity to directly worship God.

Though this question appears to be logical, after


analysis, it becomes clear that it is meaningless. To
work is the nature of not only human beings but also
that of animals. All living entities from tiny ants to
huge elephants do some work. We often see a big
line of ants carrying food and sometimes two to three
ants together carrying big food particles. We see oxen
and horses drawing carts for long distances and elephants carrying heavy loads. Therefore, it is not
sufficient so say I do my work perfectly. There is a
proverb which says All skills are for livelihood. Human beings and animals work for their livelihood.
Then, what is the difference between human beings
and animals. Have you ever thought about this?

Some may not worship God, but get involved in devotional activities of God. Though some cannot directly
get involved in devotional service, offer the fruits of
their hard work to God and donate generously. Some
people, who could do even this, will go in pursuit of
divine knowledge, some will practice meditation and
some more would sacrifice the fruit of their work. All
these will indirectly be equivalent to establishing a
relation with God. In this way, man will progress slowly
and steadily and will one day become devotee of God.

The human form of life is an


excellent opportunity to behave with
intelligence, even here, if one is
satisfied with only work, then it is
equal to only animal form of life.
Therefore, staying away from sinful
life is a good beginning ...

The striking difference between human beings and


animals is only intelligence. Animals do work only by
intuition. They do not have intelligence. But human
beings have intelligence and analyzing capabilities.
Human beings do work using them. We should at first
recognize this. Using his intelligence, if a man does
work that could not be done by animals, and if this
work is not just for livelihood, then, it proves that man
is different from an animal.

If a man spends all his life in only doing work, then he


will only be equal to an animal. But if he is in intelligent state and completes the activities, then he will
succeed as a man. Thus, the human form of life is an
excellent opportunity to behave with intelligence,
even here, if one is satisfied with only work, then it is
equal to only animal form of life. Therefore, staying
away from sinful life is a good beginning for development in a persons life.

Another important point is that man should, at first,

Author: This answer is excerpted from the writings by H.G. Vaishnavanghri Sevaka Das in Bhagavaddarshan, Telugu edition of BTG. [English Translation is done by Bhakta Krishna Yerrapragada, Ph.D., IISc
Bangalore. He is a senior scientist at Defense Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad. He
has wide experience in development of aerospace structures with specialization in structural dynamics.]

Spirituality and Science

HIGGS Boson - The God Particle


The God particle is the nickname of a sub atomic
particle called the Higgs Boson. In a scientific
sense, different sub atomic particles are responsible
for the different properties of matter. Some particles
like protons, electrons, neutrons etc. possess mass (a
mysterious property of matter which gives rise to the
gravitational force) while some particles like photons
do not possess mass. The Higgs Boson or God Particle is believed to be the particle which gives mass to
matter. The Standard model in Particle Physics

Here the Supreme Lord, Krishna is illustrating clearly


that whole material nature is strictly working under
His direction. Lord Krishna is the Supreme controller
of all laws (social, economic, scientific, etc.) and the
ultimate lawmaker too. He is not simply a particle
waiting to be found in a laboratory and a particle cannot simply describe God in its entirety. The Higgs
boson, claimed to be a God particle is a subtle material particle which is bound by the laws of material
nature. In Brahma Samhita (5.35), it is described that

is a theory which attempts to describe the forces,


components and reactions of the fundamental particles that make up matter. It deals with atoms, their
inner components. The Standard model has serious
gaps including gravity and some experimental contradictions too. The only particle which has not been
experimentally verified is the Higgs Boson humorously referred to as God particle. Recently, there
had been a claim in LHC (Large Hadron Collider), Switzerland, that God particle has been detected, but still
there are many questions which are unanswered yet.

Recently, there had been a claim in


LHC (Large Hadron Collider), Switzerland, that the God particle has been
detected but still there are many
questions which are unanswered yet.

According to Bhagavad- Gita (9.10),

in Gods work of creation of millions of worlds, His


potency remains inseparable. All the universes exist
in Him and He is present in His fullness in every one
of the Atoms that are scattered throughout the Universe at one and same time.

This material nature, which is one of my energies, is


working under my direction, O son of Kunti, producing all moving and nonmoving beings. Under its rule,
this manifestation is created and annihilated again

Hence a particle bound by the laws of material nature


will surely be unable to describe God. Instead understanding the Gods creation may appropriately answer the open questions regarding Higgs Boson.

The Spiritual Perspective:

Author: Srikrishna Gauranga Nitai Das is an independent researcher in astrophysics, condensed matter
physics and atmospheric physics. Presently he is a faculty member of Physics in an international school
in Maharashtra. His research interests span from quantum mechanics to Vedic cosmology. He frequently visits international schools, research organizations, attends conferences, symposia (presenting
research papers) in India and abroad.

Learning Around

Ankusha
If man does not use his intelligence, then he is equal
to an animal. But, man should put in special efforts
for the development of intelligence. It is said that anything can be achieved with dedication. Therefore,

When compared to a human being, the elephant is


a huge animal with great strength. The quantity of
food taken by an elephant is also very large. The human being is of no match to an elephant in the above
parameters. But, man has a technique to tame the
elephant and get many things done. This is Ankusha*. However, using Ankusha even a strong elephant can be made to surrender. Man has intelligence to tame an elephant using Ankusha. If man
does not use his intelligence, then he cannot tame an
elephant. Man cannot compete physically with an
elephant.

Youth should progress and sharpen


their intelligence and it should
become like the pointed end of the
Ankusha. Only then, he can achieve
success in handling gigantic tasks
like taming the elephant.
youth should progress and sharpen their intelligence
and it should become like the pointed end of the
Ankusha. Only then, he can achieve success in handling gigantic tasks like taming the elephant.
[*Elephant goad or Ankusha (Sanskrit, Akua) is a
tool employed in the handling and training of elephants, the largest land animals. It consists of a hook
(usually bronze or steel) which is attached to a 60
90 cm handle. The hook is inserted into the elephant's sensitive skin, either slightly or more deeply,
to cause pain and induce the elephant to behave in a
certain manner].

Even though the human body is small, using intelligence, he can conquer anything. Using his knowledge, man landed on moon, crossed the oceans,
does aerobatics in the skies and is able to control the
most powerful animals. All this is due to the mental
strength of the man.
In spite of having enormous physical strength, an elephant surrenders to the sense of touch. The elephant
becomes a slave to the sense of touch of she elephant. Thus, to capture an elephant, a she elephant
is positioned in front of it and made to run. The elephant follows the she elephant and falls in the trap
laid by the man. Though the animals have senses and
will, due to lack of intelligence, they become slaves of
one of the senses. And man, with his intelligence, is
using everything in this creation to his advantage.
Ankusha is the best example for this. Mans brain
should work like Ankusha and overcome obstacles
like the elephant, succeed in completing major tasks.

Author: This answer is excerpted from the writings by H.G. Vaishnavanghri Sevaka Das in Bhagavaddarshan, Telugu edition of BTG. [English Translation is done by Bhakta Krishna Yerrapragada, Ph.D.,
IISc Bangalore. He is a senior scientist at Defense Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad.
He has wide experience in development of aerospace structures with specialization in structural dynamics.]

Message

Message

from

from ISKCON Founder Acharya

Temple President

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta


Swami Prabhupada

Dear youngsters,

A leader must be peaceful, self-controlled,


austere, pure, tolerant, honest, wise,
learned and religious.

Hare Krishna. Please accept blessings from Sri Sri Radha


Madanmohan ji. We are very happy to launch the Hare
Krishna Youth journal Arunodaya as a monthly emagazine to guide you towards excellence in all aspects of
your life. This is purely based on the time-tested Vedic
knowledge, which is presently obscure due to godless modern civilization. Generally, people think that talking about
the God is the nature of inefficient person. But, there are
many examples in the history and present day that show
the submissiveness to the God and success in the world go
well together. Also, many celebrities have staunch faith in
religion and service to Sri Krishna.
In this youth journal we wish to bring many practical guiding
principles and concepts from various devotees with strong
academic and spiritual background for great impact in your
life. This monthly magazine will reach you first day of every
month to boost your enthusiasm and confidence. This
magazine gives information about the youth programs that
we conduct on regular basis for the
spiritual and moral growth of the
youth. We invite all of you to take
advantage of such youth festivals
and also inform your friends for their
benefit. We are also ready to give
personal attention on weekends and
other holidays for your spiritual and
personality development.

Editor:

Our aim is to disseminate the Vedic knowledge to all the


youth in Navi Mumbai through this Arunodaya youth journal from ISKCON, Navi Mumbai, which is being built to become the Glory of Maharashtra soon.

Vaishnavanghri Sevaka Das, Ph.D.


Editorial Assistance:

With all blessings,

Bhakta Krishna Yerrapragada, Ph.D.

Surdas, Temple President

Address: ISKCON Navi Mumbai - Sri Sri Radha Madanmohan ji Temple. Sector 23, Hare Krishna Land, Central
Part, Opposite Golf Course, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. PIN 410210. India.