The Divisions of Faith

Chapter 17 from the Bhagavad Gita, 1 more to go for this series! This chapter defines goodness, passion and ignorance. The interesting thing is scriptures from eons years ago have the relevance in our lives even today. The question arises what has changed is me or my faith?

“Arjuna inquired: O Krishna, what is the situation of those who do not follow the principles of scriptures but worship according to their own imagination? Are they in goodness, in passion or in ignorance?” Is this the only way? Am I the only to follow? Should I be responsible for others, doing or choices made?

“Krishna said: O son of Bharata, according to one’s existence under the various modes of nature, one evolves a particular kind of faith. The living being is said to be of a particular faith according to the modes he has acquired.” Do not judge others for them it is their calling, for you it is your’s. The doing of others may affect however it is doing of one’s own self for which he credit his doings.

“Men in the mode of goodness worship the demigods; those in the mode of passion worship the demons; and those in the mode of ignorance worship ghosts and spirits.” So you seek, so shall you find! You know best what are you seeking for, it is a choice to find your true calling, somebody wanting to enjoy earthly pleasures, some may want to raise to higher grounds. Choose your destiny and walk your own path accordingly.

“Austerity of speech consists in speaking words that are truthful, pleasing, beneficial, and not agitating to others,  and also in regularly reciting Vedic literature.” The learning is pleasing, not agitating to others, many may speak the truth, many would speak the truth for the benefit of others than themselves however in a tone which is pleasing, not agitating is what would make the whole difference to any conversation at the end of it. People forget saying things, remember the things what they felt when they hear things. The choice of being subtle is a learning. “and satisfaction, simplicity, gravity, self-control and purification of one’s existence are the austerities of the mind.” This is more of an ideology  for the human race than just a religious sayings. It is a way to lead a fruitful life!

“Charity given out of duty, without expectation of return, at the proper time and place, and to a worthy person is considered to be in the mode of goodness.” To help is mandatory whom to help is optional. “But charity performed with the expectation of some returns, or with a desire for fruitive results, or in a grudging mood, is said to be charity in the mode of passion.” Helping people is charity, helping only a particular sect is expecting favours to be honoured. “And charity performed at an impure place, at an improper time, to unworthy persons, or without proper attention and respect is said to be in the mode of ignorance.” Helping is good, but throwing in the name of help may not be a great idea, people needing help are also important or else how would you perform charity.

The whole crux of this chapter can be understood with the following said by Krishna

“Anything done as sacrifice, charity or penance without faith in the Supreme, O son of Prtha, is impermanent. It is called asat and is useless both in this life and the next.” Do your best, have faith and leave the rest. Expectations are also cause of uninvited guests such as miseries and attachments. We are to here soul’s having human experience not the other way round.

|Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare|

|Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare|

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