Teaching and Learning from Bagvadgita


By

Prof. T.A. Venkatachalam
Dean/MBA
Karpagam College of Engineering
Coimbatore-641032
 


Bhagavad-Gita is the message `of Lord Krishna to Arjuna on the battle field just before the Kurukshetra war began. This forms part of the Mahabharata Epic and occurs there in Bhishma Parva. Arjuna came ready to fight, but seeing his guru, elders, and relatives ready to fight against the Pandavas felt disheartened, weak. And confused and refused to fight. Krishna delivers this message, made him strong and bold and ready to do his duty. A study of the Gita will develop depth plus breadth, broad attitude and deep conviction.

The Gita advises us to work to ensure the stability of human society. Now I want to inform that once Gandhi said, "I am here to wipe the tears from the last person who weeps in the society I work for the good of others." This is one of the inspiring truth. It must permeate our society. In our educational institutions we must highlight this concept of "Parasparam bhavayantha". All our problems we can solve when we become calm, silent, steady, strong, efficient workers. It is the silent man that does the best work. When we work efficiently everything is under our control.  We should work without emotion, particularly without anger or fear. If anger takes control of us then some thing goes wrong with us. This is our important teaching in the Gita.

Bhagavad Gita emphasizes that the capacity to forebear is a tremendous capacity, someone does harm. There are some, who will remember it for 20 0r 30 years,. But when somebody grows spiritually he will realize that the mind is meant for something higher, matter, not for storing resentments. "Blessed is the heart that does not store resentments." But our body mind complex should become a refinery of experiences. Every one of us must resolve, according to Gita, to live a truthful but not showy life. We shall work every day with our mind fixed on God, fixed on Atman. We will became great workers, great lovers of humanity, making for harmony. There will be no troubles when the mind is united with Divine.

One of the precious advice given by Krishna to Arjun is "Listen to Me". Listening is a great art. There are people, who always talk, never care to listen. They will only advise others or dictate to others. It is the ego that stands between us and other people, between us and even God. Ego must be transcended. Each one has to do it himself or herself. In the Gita Krishna repeatedly proclaims that knowledge is supreme. Gita helps to develop our character. Our personality, our spirit of service and also our love for knowledge. So we have a great philosophy in the Gita to guide us in our day to day life. "Throw away your weakness. Stand up. Face up to the situation around you. Face the problems in your life. Face the brute". We should follow the teachings in the Gita in our life.

To conclude in the Gita the highest spiritual philosophy has been presented in the midst of total war. Krishna, a great hero gives the message to Arjuna another great hero Arjuna is the representative of the entire humanity. So our education must be inspired by the Gita ideas. This is a new and urgent task in the words of swami Vivekananda that we must address ourselves to this great task. This is a great blessing Arise, Awake and Stop not till the goal is reached.
 


Prof. T.A. Venkatachalam
Dean/MBA
Karpagam College of Engineering
Coimbatore-641032
 

Source: E-mail December 14, 2010

          

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