Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sabotaging Inner Happiness

Lama Marut, a friend of mine on the Facebook wrote “Real evil is that part of you that sabotages your own true happiness.”

I wrote back to him on the process of how this subtlety takes root in one’s psyche. This is mainly due to two reasons. The first is clinging to the past and the second is our own ignorance of our life’s purpose. These mental states which exhibit themselves as thoughts are so deceptive that many times they are seen in the guise of a benefactor, with all their attributes of providing comfort. While there is a feeling of a false euphoria your inner happiness is robbed without you being aware. These mental states mostly evolve from the past and are highly fragmented without linkages to the ultimate experience which is invariably negative. In my counseling, I have come across many who go through self victimization because of this process.

In Bhagavad-Gita, the reason for Arjuna’s sadness is that his own ignorance of life purpose that leads him to think that he is the slayer. He does not see his true role as a Kshatriya who has to fight for justice and root out evil. The evil that he is facing is his own kith and kin symbolizing an inherent part of one’s existence. Arjuna’s unhappiness is due to his own ignorance.

The verse 14 of the first chapter of Bhagavad-Gita captures the essence of how the power that is bestowed in our soul can lead us to true inner happiness. I specifically quote the Sanskrit transliteration to bring out the deep symbolism.

“tatah svetair hayair yukte
mahati syandane sthitau
madhavah pandavas caiva
divyau sankhau pradadhmatuh”

“On the other side, both Lord Krishna and Arjuna, stationed on a great chariot drawn by white horses, sounded their transcendental conch shells.”

The names given to each of the words in this verse are highly metaphoric. Here, the chariot represents the vehicle of primal wisdom or the original logos, the Origin of all the Vedas and the whole of the Universe itself. The chariot was thus referred with the word
‘syandana’ which means ‘that leads towards the ultimate destination of the souls’ journey’. This is the true ‘vidya’ or wisdom.
And the word
‘mahathi’ means ‘all conquering’ and is only attribute or nature of the original logos or wisdom. The word for horses used here is 'hayaihi' which also means ‘something that gives knowledge’, In Sanskrit ‘harit’ means horse, but also bright and shining. Horses were reared by Druids in Europe, especially white ones (therefore bright and pure) and that they believed them capable of knowing the plans of the heavens. Hence the white horses drawing the chariot symbolize the concept of wisdom being deployed in the right direction towards the ultimate attainment of the Godhead. Thus the word assigned in the verse to the soul is 'pandava'. ‘Panda’ means ‘knowledge’. One who possesses that knowledge is called ‘panduhu’. The one belongs to that lineage is called 'pandavaha'.
Blowing on the
‘divyau sankhau’ or the divine conch shells represents emanation of the pure wisdom or logos for annihilation of all ignorance through both the individual atma as the seeking soul and Paramatma as the harbinger of this wisdom.

Every moment of our life let us pray for divine wisdom to take root in our consciousness so that we may be led from ignorance to wisdom.

Love to you all


  1. Transcending is like Kaizen- a continuous process in which the smallest of our thoughts, actions, said and even unsaid words play an important role. The gist of transendence from my view a better human being today than yesterday.

  2. Just great. Love it and permit me to present this in FB.

    Thank you for presenting excellent thoughts.

  3. SS, Yes it is a many life process.
    Thanks for your feedback!

  4. RVR, thanks for your appreciation. Please go ahead with the Facebook publication.