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Real interpretation of Mahabharata and Gita- Have you wondered why it’s so relevant in a man’s life?

It is said in the texts that 80% of the fighting male population of the civilization was wiped out in the eighteen days Mahabharata war.

Sanjay, at the end of the war went to the spot where the greatest war took place; Kurukshetra.

He looked around and wondered if the war really happened, if the ground beneath him had soaked all that blood, if the great Pandavas and Krishna stood where he stood.

“You will never know the truth about that!” said an aging soft voice.

Sanjay turned around to find an Old man in saffron robes appearing out of a column of dust.

“I know you are here to find out about the Kurukshetra war, but you cannot know about that war till you know what the real war is about.” the Old man said enigmatically.

“What do you mean?”

The Mahabharata is an Epic, a ballad, perhaps a reality, but definitely a philosophy.

The Old man smiled luring Sanjay into more questions.

“Can you tell me what the philosophy is then?”
Sanjay requested.

Sure, began the Old man.

The Pandavas are nothing but your five senses,
sight,
smell,
taste,
touch
and sound…,

and do you know what the Kauravas are?
he asked narrowing his eyes.

The Kauravas are the hundred vices that attack your senses everyday but you can fight them… and do you know how?

Sanjay shook his head again.

“When Krishna rides your chariot!”

The Old man smiled brighter and Sanjay gasped at that gem of insight.

Krishna is your inner voice, your soul, your guiding light and if you let your life in his hands you have nothing to worry.

Sanjay was stupefied but came around quickly with another question.

“Then why are Dronacharya and Bhishma fighting for the Kauravas, if they are vices?”

The Old man nodded, sadder for the question.

It just means that as you grow up, your perception of your elders change. The elders who you thought were perfect in your growing up years are not all that perfect. They have faults. And one day you will have to decide if they are for your good or your bad. Then you may also realize that you may have to fight them for the good. It is the hardest part of growing up and that is why the Geeta is important.

Sanjay slumped down on the ground, not because he was tired but because he could understand and was struck by the enormity of it all.

What about Karna? he whispered.

“Ah!” said the Old man. “You have saved the best for last. Karna is the brother to your senses, he is desire, he is a part of you but stands with the vices. He feels wronged and makes excuses for being with the vices as your desire does all the time.

Does your desire not give you excuses to embrace vices?”

Sanjay nodded silently. He looked at the ground, consumed with a million thoughts, trying to put everything together and then when he looked up the Old man was gone….
disappeared in the column of dust………leaving behind the great philosophy of Life!

Lesson learnt from Eagle

The only bird that dares to peck an eagle is the Black Drongo. It sits on the eagle’s back and bites its neck. The eagle does not spend time or energy to respond or fight with Drongo.

Rather it just opens wings and begins to fly higher in the sky. The higher the flight, the harder for the Drango to breathe ; eventually it falls due to lack of oxygen.

Like an Eagle you need not to :

  • fight all battles.
  • respond all negative triggers.
  • react to all arguments.
  • respond all critics.
  • answer back all.

Just lift up your standard, they’ll eventually fall off.

Small anecdote, great lesson.

Palindromic Sentence – The beauty and knowledge of ancient Indian Sages – Slokas when read from the start are the story of Ramayana and when read in the inverse order are the story from the Mahabharata.

The sentence ‘Able was I ere I saw Elba’ is often quoted as a great example of a palindromic sentence in English as it can be read in reverse too. This is said to be created in the 17th century.

Now, consider the following:

A Sanskrit poet by name Daivagjna Surya Pandita wrote a Sanskrit work by name “Ramakrishna Viloma Kaavyam” in the 14th century (English-equivalent of the word ‘viloma’ is ‘inverse’). This book is supposed to have 40 slokas (a sloka is a Sanskrit poem). Each sloka makes sense both when read in from the beginning of the sloka to the end AS WELL AS from the end to the beginning of the sloka (a sort of palindrome).

Now comes the best part. When each sloka is read in the forward direction, the book deals with the story of Ramayana and when each sloka is read in the reverse direction, the book deals with the story of Maha Bharata.

One sloka is given below (in devanagari font)

तां भूसुता मुक्ति मुदारहासं
वंदेयतो लव्य भवं दयाश्री

The same sloka, read in backward direction is given below:

श्री यादवं भव्य लतोय देवं
संहारदामुक्ति मुता सुभूतां

In the first sloka, भूसुता implies Sita and hence, Ramayana story and in the second sloka, श्री यादवं implies Lord Krishna.

The meaning of the first sloka is “I pray to Sita, the incarnation of Lakshmi who is affectionate towards a smiling Lava (Sita’s son)”.

The meaning of the second sloka is “The teachings of Gita, bestowed upon us by Lord Krishna who draws people towards him with his benevolence, destroy evil and are close to our heart”

And there are 39 more slokas like this.

Read the full slokas here.

Learning 693

Nothing is impossible, it is rightly said, “whatever your mind can conceive, it can achieve.”
When I was a child, and had an interest towards sports, while trying myself at high jumps and long jumps, my mind conceived an idea that we humans can fly, if we try to jump and take another jump midway in the air and keep repeating so several times. 

That way we can fly to a little extent and it could be the highest high jump or longest long jump ever. But the gap lies in the conceivement of the idea and trying ourselves on that idea. 

For me it was just an idea, untill today I read something which is real and reminded me to the same idea, popularly known as Fosbury flop long time ago.

In the 1960s, athlete Dick Fosbury developed a unique approach to his high jump and improved his performance by six inches. Fosbury’s awkward, midair rotation became known as the Fosbury Flop, and even though experts dismissed it at first, the Flop landed him a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics. Eventually, the experts and fellow high-jumpers caught up with Fosbury’s “weird” technique – the Fosbury Flop has been the technique used by every gold medalist since 1972.

Go against the flow, and with enough persistence and clever placement, you’ll be well on your way to getting luck on your side.

Who knows the idea of human flight can be real, if someone tries hand on it and succeeds after several attempts? 

Learning 687

It is really beautiful when someone prays for you without you even knowing. It’s the highest form of respect, love and care.

Learning 628

Kill the habit of worry, in all it’s forms, by reaching a general, blanket decision that nothing which life has to offer is worth the price of worry. 

With this decision will come poise, peace of mind and calmness of thought which will bring happiness. 

The habit of prompt and firm decision is the only known antidote for the germs “Fearenza” and “Worryitis.” 

We do not worry over conditions, once we have reached a decision to follow a definite line of action. 

Learning 615

Through the ages which have passed, man has depended too much upon his physical senses, and has limited his knowledge to physical things, which he could see, touch, weigh and measure. 

Perhaps we shall learn, that the “other self” is more powerful than the physical self we see when we look into the mirror. 

Learning 599

Nothing will change into your World Untill you assume the personal responsibility required to change.

Walk towards the places that scare you and move into the unknown places of your life. (It is where the possibility lives.) – The Mastery Manual 

Why you should leave a Coin in the freezer,every time before you leave the house. Simple and amazing trick!

Well, have you ever came from work or some long trip and noticed that your digital clocks showing the wrong time?

You might think: “Certainly there was no power outage!”. Even if it was, you simply cannot know how long there was no electricity, right?

There is possibility that it was for several days, leading to defrost food and its deterioration. Once the electricity comes back, foods freeze again and you almost do not notice that they were thawed.

It is fact that this can be really dangerous as certain types of foods are at risk of spreading salmonella and other bacteria!

Below we are going to present you a way to find out if and how long your freezer was without electricity!

Now you can find out if you can consume the food or it was too long being in warm.

For this you need:

 a cup

 coin

 water

First pour water into a cup and place it in the freezer. When the water in the cup is frozen, put a coin on top of the frozen water in the cup and then return it to the freezer.

After returning home from holiday, before taking out the food from the freezer, look at where the coin is!

If the coin is still at the top or in the middle of the cup, there was no power failure or power outage was for a short time, so the water was only partly melted.

If the coin is at the bottom of a cup, it means that electricity failure was for a long time, so the water completely dissolved, and the coin sinks all the way to the bottom of the cup. At that point, it is advisable not to consume the foods from the freezer.

Brilliant trick which is supereasy to use. This is particularly useful when you go on longer trips!

Learning 582

The story of practically every great fortune starts with the day when a creator of ideas and a seller of ideas got together and worked in harmony. 

Learning 581

There is no standard price on ideas. The creator of ideas makes his own price, and, if he is smart, gets it.

Learning 580

God seems to throw himself on the side of the man who knows exactly what he wants, if he is determined to get Just That. 

Learning 566

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen R. Covey 

Learning 562

You may benefit, by passing onto your subconscious mind, any desire which you wish translated into it’s physical or monetary equivalent, in a state of expectancy or BELIEF that the transmutation will actually take place. Your BELIEF or FAITH is the element, which determines the action of your subconscious mind. 

There is nothing to hinder you from deceiving your subconscious mind. To make this deceit more effective and realistic, conduct yourself as you would, if you were ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MATERIAL THING WHICH YOU ARE DEMANDING, when you call upon your subconscious mind. 

The subconscious mind will transmute into it’s physical equivalent, by the most direct and practical media available, any order which is given to it, in a state of BELIEF or FAITH that the order will be carried out. 

Learning 554

Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure.

When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to Quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do.

Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.

More than 500 of the most successful men told Mr. Hill, the author of “Think and Grow Rich” that their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.

Learning 547

Acquire skills no one else has. Read books no one else is reading. Think thoughts no one else is thinking. In other words you cannot have all that you want if you remain the same person you are. To get more in life, you need to keep increasing your value to the world.

Learning 541

Get good at asking what you want. “He who asks may be a fool for 5 minutes. He who doesn’t is a fool for a lifetime.” says a wise Chinese proverb.

You might be surprised at the abundance that will flow into your life when you just ask sincerely for the things you want. Remember, the person who asks for what he wants at least has a chance of getting what he wants.