Lessons for Life – 1 – Objective Tensions and Subjective Confusions

I am starting a new series on “Lessons for Life” as per my limited understanding of our Scriptures. When we talk about lessons, we should be clear as to why are we looking for lessons. If we analyse this “why”, a little bit deeper in our own life, we end up with the basic issue which explains the title for the first topic – Objective Tensions and Subjective Confusions. We all are subjected to; no exceptions.

The choice of words directly takes us back in time and space to Kurukshetra, the battle field and the opening chapter of Bhagwad Gita.

Here is my limited understanding summarised and presented in Tamil and English. Please feel free to comment and offer your valuable inputs & suggestions for me to continue my learning.

என் சிற்றறிவுக்கு எட்டிய கண்ணோட்டம்

காயமெனும் பாத்திரம், போடுவது நாடகம்,

ஆடி ஒய்வதில் இல்லை சந்தேகம் – எனினும்

மாறுவதையும் மடிவதனையும் மறுத்திட்டு,

பாசமுடன் பந்தமென்று சொந்தம் கொண்டு

மடமையுடன், மனதினிலே இன்பம் தேடி

கடமைதனை விலக்கிட்டு, காண்டீபம் நழுவிட

பரமனிடம் ஏவுகனை பெற்ற பார்த்தனவன்,

சரணமடைந்தான் தனது சந்தேகம் தீர்த்திடவே

சிரம் தாழ்த்தி வணங்கிட்டு போர்களத்தில்

பரம்பொருளாம் தேரோட்டி கண்ணணிடம் !

My limited understanding of the core issue

A mind with illusion leads to lack of clarity resulting in despondency. “When a man with a sense of duty is caught in illusion, even then he can’t bear to face the sense of reality which is the naked fact of his lapse from duty. He usually covers it up with an inquiry into principles”.

In this world of bitter competition, each one of us is compelled to battle constantly with things and beings. The external challenges persecute us. Deep within ourselves also, we have become helpless slaves to our uncontrollable desires and undisciplined thoughts. We modern humans have come to shreds and is torn between objective tensions and subjective confusions. The former is not in our control and we cant escape.

Lesson 1 – So, our success is measured by the extent we control our inner subjective confusions.

Author: prabhusponder

A novice venturing out to explore the meaning of life

2 thoughts on “Lessons for Life – 1 – Objective Tensions and Subjective Confusions”

    1. Thanks Debasis. Interesting observation. Let me try to express my response.

      1. The first step is to realise that I am in confusion.
      2. Then comes my resolve to get rid of my confusions.
      3. Next, I should have the full trust and belief (shraddhaa) that our Scriptures have in them the wherewithal for solving my problem.
      4. Then comes the processes and practices to be learnt under an able Guru.
      5. This is followed by implementation and experience.
      6. Then comes the “knowledge”.
      There are no shortcuts. It is a tough, tedious, journey where only a few succeed and become realised souls, “avatara purushas”.
      This is my broad understanding.

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