Lift Yourself By Yourself!

March 25, 2014

Pujya Swami Swatmanandaji is a dynamic teacher of the Chinmaya Mission, based in Mumbai. His post on verse 6-5 is a wonderfully crisp, elaboration of a a pivotal verse in the Geeta. Śrī Kṛṣṇa says, "Let a man lift himself by his own Self alone, and let him not lower himself".

Among the gems in this post:

Toys to Truth
Vanity to Vairagya
Doership to Divinity
Dreamer to waker
Theory to Practice

Hari Om and Namaskaar until the next post

Six Absolute Guarantees Made By Krishna To All In the Bhagavad Geeta

do hereby unconditionally guarantee that:

  1. If you should study, understand and apply even a little teaching of the Bhagavad Geeta, I SHALL PROTECT YOU FROM GREAT FEAR. 2.40
  2. I SHALL CARRY YOU ACROSS this endless cycle of birth and death, on the “boat” of aatmavidya, otherwise known as self-knowledge, even if you consider yourself to be a sinner of the worst kind. 4-36
  3. The gains of your SPRITUAL PRACTICE SHALL NEVER EVER GO TO WASTE in this world or any world. 6-40
  4. I SHALL FOREVER ENSURE THE GROWTH & PROTECTION THE YOUR WEALTH should you ceaselessly chant and reflect on my name to the exclusion of all other worldly distractions. 9-26
  5. Despite being a sinner, if you unwaveringly & constantly worship me, YOU SHALL BECOME RIGHTEOUS AND AS MY DEVOTEE, YOU SHALL NEVER PERISH. 9-30, 31
  6. When you renounce all that is dear to you, physical, emotional and intellectual, and you finally surrender unto Me as your only refuge, I SHALL FREE FROM ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME. 18-66

This guarantee is open to all seekers and devotees regardless of species, age, creed, color, gender or nationality.

Signed under seal

Yadavendra Krishna Paramatma

Witnessed by
Pandava Arjuna

Bhishma Pitamaha

Study The Bhagavad Geeta

March 15, 2014

From our facebook friends in Chinmaya Mission, Delhi comes this gem.

The Bhagavad Gita - Your Companion for Life
Learn in childhood, the verses of the Gita; in teenage years, its word meaning; in youth, its meaning and in adulthood abide in its knowledge - through satsang, study, reflection and practice.
We need to learn, practice and perfect the art of right living from an early age, not just as we are about to die

For a systematic study of the Gita at home, click here. For my previous posts and todbits on the Gita course, click here..

Hari Om and Namaskaar until the next post

Glory of the Bhagavad Gita

March 11, 2014

From our facebook friends in Chinmaya Mission, Delhi comes this gem.

The Gita is a unique dialogue between man and God.
The Gita provides us with the knowledge, attitude, vision and values needed to build a successful and fulfilled life even as we face situations gracefully and joyfully.

For a systematic study of the Gita at home, click here. For my previous posts and todbits on the Gita course, click here..

Hari Om and Namaskaar until the next post

Pass the Salt, Please! Remember When Salt Shook Up An Empire?

March 12, 2014

Today, March 12th marks the 83rd anniversary of the start of the Salt Satyagraha or Dandi March. What better occasion to recall the apostle of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi.

I was thrilled to discover original film footage of the Dandi march on Youtube.

On March 12th, 1930 Gandhiji set out with 78 volunteers to achieve the greatest feat of non-violent protest the world has known. In his speech on the eve of the Dandi March, Mahatma Gandhi said:

"I have faith in the righteousness of our cause and the purity of our weapons. And where the means are clean, there God is undoubtedly present with His blessings. And where these three combine, there defeat is an impossibility. A Satyagrahi, whether free or incarcerated, is ever victorious. He is vanquished only, when he forsakes truth and nonviolence and turns a deaf ear to the inner voice."

The 60-year Gandhiji led a group of 78 dedicated volunteers on a 388 km (241 mile) walk from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi where he publicly broke the salt laws. According to, "On 6 April, about two tolas of salt which was taken by him in the morning and also cleaned by him, was auctioned for Rs. 525/- to Seth Ranchhod Shodhan, a mill-owner of Ahmedabad." When a great man makes it, even the common place salt rises in value!

Last week, I posted about Nelson Mandela's qualities based on 16-1. Mahatma Gandhi typifies 16-2.

अहिंसा सत्यमक्रोधस्त्यागः शान्तिरपैशुनम्।
दया भूतेष्वलोलुप्त्वं मार्दवं ह्रीरचापलम्।।16.2।।
ahi.nsaa satyamakrodhastyaagaH shaantirapaishunam.h .
dayaa bhuuteshhvaloluptvaM maardavaM hriirachaapalam.h .. 16-2..
Harmlessness, truth, absence of anger, renunciation, peacefulness, absence of crookedness, compassion to beings, non-covetousness, gentleness, modesty, absence of fickle-ness . . .

When Mahatma Gandhi declared his intention to break the salt laws, even stalwarts like Sardar Vallabbhai Patel and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru couldn't quite understand what the point was. Yet, in the 24 days that it took the Satyagrahis to reach Dandi, the world's attention turned to this unbelievable protest. The British were forced to respond and this led to the Gandhi-Irwin pact in which the British Government agreed to (according to Wikipedia):

  1. Withdraw all ordinances and end prosecutions
  2. Release all political prisoners, except those guilty of violence
  3. Permit peaceful picketing of liquor and foreign cloth shops
  4. Restore confiscated properties of the satyagrahis
  5. Permit free collection or manufacture of salt by persons near the sea-coast
  6. Lift the ban over the congress.

The best kick I got out of reading the Wikipedia entry was the reaction by Winston Churchill.
" the nauseating and humiliating spectacle of this one-time Inner Temple lawyer, now seditious fakir, striding half-naked up the steps of the Viceroy’s palace, there to negotiate and parley on equal terms with the representative of the King Emperor."

PS: Thanks to for all of my sourcing on the Dandi March above.The site is an invaluable resource for all aspects of Mahatma Gandhi's life and what has been written by him and about him.

Hari Om and Namaskaar until the next post