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No one can escape life, its twists and turns, its innumerable sufferings and the gamut of emotions it brings daily. Humans dread committing mistakes and once they do, they go at lengths to cover them up. But how wise would it be, if we remembered what Albert Einstein once said: ‘Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried something new.’
Making mistakes is Ok; it’s a part of human life and no one is perfect . Countless wise men have made mistakes in the past and many will continue doing so in future. But what’s essential is, 1) Learn from your mistake and never repeat it again; 2) Equip yourself with knowledge so that you commit mistakes, which are least damaging.
But then, have you ever wondered what the origin on mistakes is? Emotions! Be it the emotion of love, hatred, greed, sorrow, ambition, jealousy, fear or lack of or too much self-esteem. Emotions when not in sync with logic (head) and humanity (heart) can change the course of ones’ life for the worse.
So now you ask what should one do? Well this is where Life Shastra steps in! We empower you and help you lead a wholesome, content , healthy and a worthy life.
The fact that you are still on the homepage of Life Shastras simply brings to light your need to know more about life, its ethos and understand its mysterious ways of creating situations that are sometimes beyond our control. We want you to live life to the fullest.
You must wonder, are there really such tools that can help a human being lead a wholesome life? My answer to that is ‘YES’! These tools that I talk about are none other than thousands of years old ancient theories or the Shastras that were followed by the Gods and the Kings alike.
Be it the Bhagavad Gita, Taoism, Christianity , Islam , Confucianism , Buddhism or the Greek philosophy their teachings as put in Sanskrit- Shastras are more relevant in today’s competitive world than perhaps they were relevant back then. They all have a common thread or Sutra running among them – the Core Belief is essentially the same.
Take for instance The Bhagavad Gita, one of the greatest epic on human culture, relevant to the East and West alike. It introduces us to a very basic fact of life, which is to always do the right thing, things that are truly right and not what seems comfortable or convenient.
We often ask ourselves, who is behind all the bad things that people do? Although I am not interested it seems like I am forcibly involved into this , why do I make wrong decisions and do bad things ?
The Gita offers an explanation to this with the following Shloka: “As long as the five senses are active in gathering the signals that come into contact with them, we will experience the world of dualities – hot and cold, peace and sorrow etc. You cannot run away from the world of dualities as they happen continuously and are also impermanent. Learning to handle them is important.”
Jainism and Buddhism are one of the sacred religions whose teachings of love, morality , simplicity , non-violence is un-parelled.
Taoism shares many concepts with the sacred text of Bhagvad Gita . According to one of the ancient sages Lao Tzu, the basis of Taoism stands of seven pillars, namely, non-contention, non-action, non-intention, simplicity, wisdom, humility and Duality.
The basis of every great philosophy is Karma or action/ deeds. Although, the definition may differ, but the essence remains the same.
Many Western cultures have notions similar to karma, as demonstrated in the phrase ‘what goes around comes around’. Christian expressions similar to karma include ‘reap what one sows’ (Galatians 6:7), ‘violence begets violence’ and ‘live by the sword, die by the sword’.
The great Greek philosopher Socrates the Guru of Plato / Aristotle and his teachings that are relevant in today’s times. He attempted to establish his own set of principles of right, wrong and the grey area in between .To say the least, let’s ponder a bit over the 5 tools that Socrates bestowed upon us, which undoubtly remain relevant today as well .They are (1) Question Everything (2) Life is Worthless Without Happiness (3) Is There Any Such Thing As Just Violence (4) Wisdom Begins In Admitting Your Own Ignorance and (5) Self-knowledge Is Ultimate Virtue.
All of them are more than philosophy or religion; they are a way of life. And whether you embrace it all, or just pick and choose the bits you like, it’s a win-win situation for you and everyone around you.
Now that we understand ancient religious philosophies and their importance in our day to day lives, let’s try and implement their teaching in various spheres of our daily routine, or while managing inter-personal relationships, children, co-workers, bosses, etc.