Overcome Depression by Spirituality in the Bhagavad Gita
Dr Ku. Richa Shrivastava
The expression depression indicates the feelings of lowliness and inferiority complex. From the despair, we have to come in the state of happiness or gaiety. If water is heated up, it will come to its state, it will become cool. Howsoever lowered we get; we have to move towards in the status of cheerfulness as high spirits is human nature. Similarly, if water gets warm, it could burn the skin although we put water in fire, it extinguishes fire. That's the nature of the water. If misery enters our life, correspondingly dispirited is not our temperament. It ensued because of the stipulation, we may undergo gloominess in some one's company, in dwelling with someone, and for the time has been the conduct of someone causes despair rather we may get depressed than we will arrive at the ultimate delight by devotion to Almighty. Fundamentally, kids are the exemplariness of zeal, joy, gladness and merriment that have been observed. Children have never been watched to be discouraged. In case, if the children turn out to be annoyed for something or the other but they alter themselves quickly into affection. As we people get friendly and familiar with society, we adopt the wretchedness and the worry of other people. Thereby we turn into saddened. Therefore depression has been discussed in this research paper. This research paper aims to attain cheerfulness from the depressed state of mood disorder. In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna attempts to overcome Arjun's gloominess and resume his cheerfulness. The Bhagavad Gita is very extensive to confer in a research paper. So shortly, it's written that how Arjun overcomes dejection. It is not possible to discuss the Bhagavad Gita in every feature so the essence has been written. I would be akin to notify spirituality through characterizations of various characters in The Bhagavad Gita.
Keywords: bhagavad gita: spiritual book of hindus: bhakti path: the path of devotion, granthas: spiritual books, guru: teacher.
Author: PhD, IITR, Roorkee, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal, M. P.
If we deliberately look for the implication of Arjun's name in Sanskrit, we would simply find the meaning. Arjun connotes 'White' which signifies a clear hearted and pure-hearted individual. The devotee must be comprehensible one. Krishna denotes the one who attracts; thereby Krishna's denotation in Sanskrit is black. The person with white colour aura could be modified into any other colour of the aura. The black coloured people could never be altered into any other colour of this world. Bhagavad Gita mentions that Supreme Being, Krishna has the darkest complexion amongst Indians. Lord Krishna had the Golden aura which could be equated with the radiance of the thousands of suns. On the one hand, the luminosity of the sun gives pain to the eyes. On the other hand, the bright light of Lord Krishna's aura is calm, clear and soothing to eyes and with no burning sensation to eyes as revealed in Bhagavad Gita. When we colour textile, we have to clean it. At first, we will have to remove the previous colour of the cloth. We have to either convert the colour of the cloth material into white colour or any very light colour. As much as the colour of the cloth is light, it will get coloured in a better way.
Lord Krishna is the Guru; Arjun is the disciple of Lord Krishna. Thereby it means that every student ought to be inquisitive and simple in front of their Guru. If a person with pure consciousness would go to Guru, he would have an in-depth effect. That person will get coloured in the colour of love with Lord Krishna that is holiness in such a way that his holistic life could not be changed. Thereby, first of all, we ought to be pure-hearted. Our innermost self must be cleared.
If we paint our home, we foremost take out, the old scratches and the old patchy signs. Labour would clean and clear the wall. What would happen if the wall is not plain, or if we tint our vehicle without removing the old colour? Firstly we have to rub out the old colour of the concrete wall. Similarly, we have to take out the paint and decolour the vehicle to colour it again. If you wish to colour your life, clear your consciousness daily, remove old and useless thoughts, to assume a revived life. You may take out some papers write all your hurts, pains and sufferings and whatsoever is redundant in your life. After writing about all these stings which are the cause of your anguish, burnout these papers and flush them, so they could be decomposed completely. Repeat the process, if you feel upset again. Adopt a new life.
In the same manner, it is said we should get cleansed of ourselves by taking a bath and be dressed in clean clothes if we go to any religious place; and we ought to remove our shoes. Thereby, no dirt must enter a sacred place. If our wits are preoccupied from envy, suspicion, rage and clash and we might enter any spiritual set up; it would affect the auspiciousness of that setup. If we could visit any spiritual place with a pure heart, we would acquire peace within us, completely; when we would leave that place. If you would go to a religious place with hostility and hatred, we would come back with much hostility and more hatred, because the world is like a mirror, what we reflect it comes back to us. To enter a temple, church or mosque, be simple and be with a clear conscience. You would attain peace, pleasure and your desires will get fulfilled.
It is always appreciated to be of rough and tough nature because no one could hurt the crooked nature person. Similarly, the straight trees are fallen. The shapeless trees are never cut down. Public always hurt the straight forward persons. It is harmful to be good, to be crooked is beneficial. It's not like that. In this world, all crooked and wicked people are never able to achieve anything. They were not able to do something constructive. If we cut straight trees from forests them are either ought to be arranged in the construction of the building or them will be the decorative pieces of that building. People do not cut the curved trees, if we cut the curved trees from forests than the zig-zag trees would be used for burning, they could not be used for construction. If there is a person of devious nature he would always feel envious, because he creates nothing, no one would remember him. The world will not memorize such a person. Be simple, because you have to plan your career so that you could have the prosperous future. Good human beings in the society, formulate a good nation, thereby if you would improve yourself a better world could be formed by you. Yet, this is an example. The reason is that the cutting of trees is a wrong task in itself. Never deforestation should be done. It's beneficial to a forestation as many trees as possible. More the greenery is the much, it is better. Wheresoever's human beings reside that densely populated areas should be forested with at least thirty per cent of trees. The greenery promotes well – being.
In India, it's the greatest misfortune as many trees are fallen in comparison to that eleven per cent or thirteen per cent of trees are grown there. That's why the climate and ecology are affected. Balance has been perturbed, seasons are influenced. Diseases are augmented. The ozone layer is depleted. Tension has been increased. Gentry are stressed. The biosphere is getting affected. Nature is getting unbalanced, cosmos is getting imbalanced. It's at all times said what is in the human body that is in the cosmos. We have the effect of the whole universe; it is to be understood that the people should follow a simple lifestyle and generate constructive ideas which could be implemented for the welfare of entire cosmos. Arjun is plain but there is a wonder about him as stated below.
Krishna means black and the name of Lord Krishna is Baake – Bihari; Baanka – pan, why does someone is called "Banka"? Arjun is straight forward. Lord Krishna is flexible. Here "flexible", does not mean clever and crooked. Here, the admiration, the adoration, the reverence, the fondness has taken this form. Although Lord Rama is remembered for his simple nature, it's also easy to take his name. It's not straightforward to take Lord Krishna's name; if we speak of his name the lips get twisted. The personality of Lord Rama is effortlessly implicit and if we study about his lifestyle, it is simply perceived. If we interpret about Lord Krishna's lifestyle, it could not be easily perceived. He could not be understood because of his mysterious nature. If we attempt to realize him, as the pointer is mildly tilted, if something falls in water or if a vessel falls in the water, then in case we put the pointer, it brings back that picky object or vessel out of water. It is well said if there is sin in our heart, similar to as it's creating complicatedness for us. That is the cause of worry, and then enchants the mantra, "Om Namah Bhagavate Vasudevaya"; that is Krishna's name, as he is tilted. If some feeling or emotions are hurting you, if it could not be resolved easily, does the mantra – jap (a meditation technique) of Lord Krishna's name, in addition to this study Bhagavad Gita. Every dilemma will be resolved by reading of Bhagavad Gita as persistently as many are the predicaments. As we came out of the troubles by comprehension of Bhagavad Gita, you could also come out of your dangers.
We interpret in Bhagavad Gita about the Lord Krishna's well – being. The word Krishna connotes black and Arjun indicates white. At this point, we have to consider one thing, white colour paint could be converted into any other colour of the paint but if we take out black colour of paint and mix with it other colours, it will be converted into black colour. It signifies if someone ensues the adherent devotee of Lord Krishna that person befalls his affectionate one. Friendship of Lord Krishna has great strength, he is affable. He would be with you when you would need great strength to stand in life, you would wish to transpire like him.
In India, it has been decided, the black colour coats as the uniform of all lawyers. It represents, that the person will not affect any side, as well as he will not affect his client also. To dress in black colour suggests, you turn out to be the voice of justice and you must be away from bribery and trickery. This example has been stated.
Remember one more craze that magician, in magic keeps black colour in front of him. Similarly, Lord Krishna is an infatuation. He is a magician who attracts everyone with divine love. The Parmatma's (God's) arrangement is likely that every night the sky is black, as we may sleep peacefully at night. More and more you become spiritual, you will feel serene and calm. The night is associated with darkness, whenever we have sound sleep at night; we arise fresh in the morning. In reality, the attraction of Lord Krishna is magical. To be, in fascination with Lord Krishna is to attain his bliss and be in amity with him. Spiritual awakening is the reason for enlightenment. The most precious passion is spiritual awakening and one may attain enlightenment by enchanting Krishna's mantra: "Om Namah Bhagavate Vasudevaya"! This mantra has already been mentioned earlier.
After this conversation between the Guru as Krishna and follower as Arjun, we ought to proceed forward towards the benefits of inquisitive nature. Consider this; if we have to get noticed ourselves with spiritual knowledge, we ought to have to be spiritually awakened. Inquisitive nature is the utmost requirement of a devotee. When we come to this world; after that when we became conscious, while we learn to speak, then we are the most inquisitive, the inquisitive nature is an innate quality which is the reason behind our understanding and our interpretation of this world.
The inquisitive nature of Dhritrashtra is responsible for the conversation between him and Sanjay; both of them are sitting in the palace. Dhritrashtra asks Sanjay – notify me from your vision, what has happened in Kurushetra; the battlefield. From the Dhritrashtra's inquisitiveness the sightless one, the Bhagavad Gita begins.
That's why remembering this until when you are alive in this world, do not leave your inquisitive nature. Do not let your student life to be finished. Keep learning; keep asking about the knowledge of life. Inquiring and learning about the knowledge of the way towards life is the most important. Our development is possible only when we will get spiritually awakened. Asking questions with the inquisitive mind is bliss. The best desire is the desire to be inquisitive. What we ought to know? We ought to know the Almighty, but these worldly people are not inquisitive about Almighty. They are interested to know about this world and the powers to acquire worldly possessions. This Dhritrashtra is unsighted in addition to this; he does not incline to procure spiritual knowledge. Thereafter, he is not a religious aspirer. He yearns to make out the circumstances of the battlefield. He hopes to reign over the state.
Memorize this, whosoever person tried to empire over this world, his condition has been like Dhritrashtra. 'Dhrit' is a Sanskrit word implies 'blind person', 'Rashtra' is also a Sanskrit word denotes, 'Nation' the complete word suggests blind person trying to rule over this nation, blind means blindness from eyes as well as person's wish to acquire worldly materialism blindly, i. e. Not in adherence to the rules of society. He has been demanding to seize the throne.
Retain this information whosoever tried to acquire these worldly possessions; whosoever tried to inherit the properties, whatsoever the person tries to acquire wealth and avarice. Everyone tries to get his hands on materialistic life. In the beginning, everyone has the same aspiration as Dhritrashtra. Everyone wishes to obtain all the tenures. At the beginning of childhood, everyone wants to catch hold of everything. Children run after several things to catch them. They catch good things plus bad things also. The whole life span of a human being is dissipated in getting hold of worldly ownerships. In the end, the person expires and his hands are empty without gaining anything. After death, the empty hands of a person stand for the person tried to acquire his level best but he could not take anything to heaven. Everything is left in this world. The people whom destruction is confirmed, they do not wish to remember Almighty. They do not wish to acquire knowledge about God. As previous sins of the sinners, do not allow the sinners to discuss Lord. Likewise, as when the person is suffering from fever, he does not feel hungry. When the temperature of body increases; the hunger decreases, when we intake water, we sense it bitter; the taste is affected, nature becomes irritable. These are the symptoms of fever. It has been supposed that, similar to fever, when the person becomes sinful his anger increases. He will misbehave and feel glad. He will attempt to dominate others, he will be the reason of others worry; he will exploit and harass women. Jealousy and animosity would be his nature. If we would discuss God with him; he would understand it to be a futile discussion. If we would tell him the way towards progress, he would perceive it, that he is being blamed by others for his deeds.
Keep this in mind, when the sky gets clouded and it starts drizzling. The rainfall is alike in barren land as well as infertile land. Thence infertile land either the flowers will be blown or the crops will be grown. In a barren land, after receiving the same rainfall as fertile land but there will be grown only thorny plants. Drona – Acharya has given the same knowledge of weapons and artilleries to their students comprising both Kauravas and Pandavas. He has given analogous teachings and discourses to both the groups. Likely, the rainfall is akin in barren and fertile land; this happens, when the rainfalls to Neem trees, it increases its bitterness which had been previously bitter. When the rain falls to Sugarcane plants, it increases its sweetness which already tastes sweet. Similarly, when the rain falls to lemon plants, it increases its sourness. When the rainwater will fall to chilly plants, it will add to its pungency. Therefore, its best do not keep poison within you. Do some hard work and endeavour to keep some divine nectar within you. Pray to Parmatma (Almighty) for his bliss that he may give the boon to you that ambrosia i. e. Divine nectar within you may multiply thousands of times and thus source your welfare.
Duryodhana - the truth about the birth of wicked person who stings others is expressed awfully –
When Duryodhana was born, in the day time, the foxes and the jackals shrilled. The eagles and the crows were flying high in the sky. Sage Vyas explicates that a person for the destruction of human beings has been born. It would take the lives of millions of the human race.
In this world, certain dictators dictated millions of people; everyone has anger, hatred, irritation and resentment for them. They are the reasons behind the mass killing of millions of humans. There have been many dictators who existed. These human killers have only one motto in mind that has been to add up their arrogance and pride.
As you know some people are creative and they devote themselves to their creativity, they do not have the time to take out the shortcomings of anyone. The person who has no achievements, as he could not do anything in his lifetime, that person would find faults of successful people. That individual would count the wrong deeds of flourishing persons. As if he could not do anything at all, the person who has attained zenith in life, he would be covetous and offended with victorious people. In addition to this, he will discuss counterfeit and disparaging hearsays about them. As he could not win the hearts of the human race, he would attempt the downfall of other thriving beings. Duryodhan had such a mind.
Drona – Acharya has given similar teachings and imparted the same knowledge to Yudhistir and Duryodhan, but he could not procure the same results from both of them. That's why in Mahabharata this awful depiction has been discussed.
Drona – Acharya has to take the exams of Yudhistir and Duryodhana, so he has sent both of them for examination. He has asked both of them to make a list of all the good people in this world as well as to make a list of all the bad people in this world. Both of them have departed and both of them returned without the list. Their papers have been blank. Drona – Acharya says, "Some miracle has taken place because of my teachings both of you have brought blank papers".
Drona – Acharya has asked Duryodhana – "Have you met with good people of this world? Have you noted down their names?"
Duryodhana answered – "I have to read everyone's mind, I have tried to enquire every person, I have found that no person exists of good qualities, I have seen only bad qualities in them. I have found the people of this world thousands of times worse than me. That's the reason if I have to write the name of a good person that's me. I have to write my name and that's not fair."
Drona – Acharya has asked Yudhistir, "You have not written any name?"
Yudhistir folded his hands and wished pranam in front of Drona – Acharya and said, "There are so many good people in this world, this paper is insufficient as well as if we comprise all the papers, even those papers will be less to write the names of good people because in every human being there are thousands of good qualities and if I have to write the name of a bad person why to spoil this sheet of paper. The person who is standing in front of you, that's me who could be the bad person. No one is worse than me. I am the worst person in this world. Thereby, all the people of this world are better than me. I could see all the good qualities in all of them. I am here with the blank paper. If you would like to know about me, I could not accomplish achievements what I could have achieved. I could have attained zenith in life which I could not have reached, even now, I have many expectations, Gurudev (Respected Teacher). Thereafter, good people are spread all over in this world".
After listening to Yudhistir, Drona – Acharya hugs him and blesses him. He tells him, you are my disciple, I am thankful to divinity for you. Remember this – if someone has lots of children but if only one is responsible son or daughter, then, it's like this that there is one moon amongst millions and billions of stars. Likewise, if there are thousands of disciples and if only one is a responsible disciple then it's comparable like the moon as to our galaxy.
It's thoughtful to think that, what are our qualities as a disciple? Most of the people are cautious to watch Guruji's (teacher's) qualities. Could he perform any miracle? They do not correct themselves as a true disciple. Miracle may certainly take place with every disciple but he should become a true follower. Confirm that you are a true partisan to your Guru (teacher), believe in yourself and prove yourself then see the Guru's miracle.
Arjun as a disciple is pure-hearted. Krishna is a Guru and companion. Guru has to be like a friend. The problem which could not be shared with parents, it could be shared with acquaintances and if the Guru is friendly with the disciple, the disciple could open-heartedly share his or her problem to Guru without any hesitation. If Guru is a therapist, he could understand the disciple and do the best therapy. Lord Krishna is the mate, Lord Krishna is the Guru, and Lord Krishna is the saviour. See the reflection of all relations in Lord Krishna. Believe in Guru. You will acquire many good things.
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