Both from the material and spiritual perspectives, it is important to be successful in what one wants to do. One’s state of mind has to change and transform, to receive and achieve desired success. I learnt this from several discourses given by my Guru, Gurudevshri Rakeshji, and I have interpreted the process as follows:
Gurudev gave us this example: In the Mahabharata, before the war began, Pandava Prince Arjuna got cold feet. Had Krishna not been there, Arjuna would have left the battlefield. Krishna’s advice to Arjuna is known as the Bhagwad Gita. Krishna explained to Arjuna the role of a Karmayogi, and the receptive Arjuna acted upon the learnings. This is called Shravan, listening; Manan, thinking and nidhidhyasan, putting the learning into practice. His transformation won the Pandavas their victory. And it was Dharma that won against Adharma and it was Arjuna who won over his own self and got transformed.
Two other people also listened in to Krishna’s teachings. Sanjaya, who was viewing, listening and telecasting the happenings to Dhritrashtra, who, in turn, was hearing Sanjaya’s blowby- blow account. But of the three people who listened, only one heard, only one had his life changed. Sanjaya and Dhritrashtra remained as they were. So it is not God or the message alone that can transform the self; the self too plays a pivotal role in its transformation.
If the big question is how to change, the process can be as follows:
Acquiring knowledge of one’s ignorance through discourse: As Gurudevshri Rakeshji says, “Not knowing is bad, but not knowing that you don’t know, is worse.” How to realise one’s flaws? The best way is to attend a Satsang or a discourse. The Guru not only gives knowledge of Shastras but makes it interesting. He gently initiates awareness of one’s ignorance, and one’s ego does not even get hurt. In the discourse, when the deep meaning of spirituality is unveiled, the qualities of God are described. You realise you are ignorant, but you also feel the urge to change.
Attend discourses regularly to identify your faults: As the discourse progresses, you start to realise your own faults. Many times, we say a person is emotional, but that is too broad a term. You learn to micro-dissect your emotions to realise it could be anger, frustration, worries or anxiety.
Be receptive as a disciple, like Arjuna: We proved that standalone compassion and wisdom of God is not enough to get transformed, else Sanjaya and Dhritrashtra would have got transformed simultaneously. The acceptance of knowledge is a big step towards transformation. Many people are not receptive for various reasons, like overconfidence, superiority complex, or they are know-it-alls. One has to overcome the ego, be in the right frame of mind, to receive the precious message.
Seamless transition towards transformation: A genuine guru’s guidance makes the process seamless. He will create the right inner environment so you are receptive at the right time, to receive wisdom. All of a sudden you will realise, you have shed your faults.
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