Human life is a gift from God to enable us to search and find the supreme truth. But this is not necessarily easy due the internal battle between the good and the evil.
As human beings, there is always the possibility of abandoning the good within us to benefit oneself, despite likely suffering of others. It was in the year 1986, I was introduced to the Holy book ‘Srimad Bhagavad Gita’ by a distant cousin studying under the 3 year brahmachari course in the Chinmaya Mission at Powai, Mumbai. I was not ready to understand the verses explained by Swamiji Chinmayananda at that point of time in my life. The Holy book was with me unread for a long period of time i.e., for many years. But, when the moment of exploding spiritual experience occurred in the year 2003 – I read all the chapters of the Holy book at a single stretch, totally engrossed in the text explained by Swami Chinmayananda. I was receptive and ready to comprehend the underlying meaning of the verses, trying to understand each of them relating to my life. But, Srimad Bhagavad Gita is a very complex text that cannot be understood in one single reading and it is really a ‘marvel’ especially in the context of its extra-ordinary understanding of human mind.
Srimad Bhagavad Gita has remained a dependable guide and trustworthy companion of mine during my search of absolute truth in my life that has been more spiritually inclined. I have read several books written by different spiritual authors on Advaita, besides several writings and letters of Swami Chinmayananda. Andrew Cohen’s explanation and writings helped me to understand the universal consciousness and its evolution; evolutionary enlightenment and its role in our daily life. Swami Tapovanam’s autobiography helped me to know more about the universal truth and universal consciousness. Swami Vivekananda’s writings helped me in understanding more about Hinduism as a religion. Since very long, I have been a regular reader of the articles published under the ‘Speaking Tree’ column in the Times of India. My continued spiritual journey encourages me to write and be a part of this novel ‘The Speaking Tree’ website/ blog. (Visit Link:
I am a Management Consultant by profession. By being spiritually inclined, I realized that I am no less a businessman either – though I have the sagacity to differentiate ‘what do I want’ from ‘what do I need’ through my business activity. Needs could be referring to my physical (body), emotional (heart) and spiritual needs (spirit) – the basic three planes of life for most human beings. There is a sense of lasting bliss or happiness, when we realize and accept that we are only a small part of the whole universal self. Because then, we come to realize that we can grow a lot more only from within and not outside of our self.