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Dr K K Aggarwal

Do Your Duty with Discipline and Devotion

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Vasudhaiva kutumbakam the whole world is one family and Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudavanti truth is one but the wise call it by various names are two basic statements which come from the ancient Rig Veda and form the fundamentals of Vedic philosophy. One should do one s duty with devotion and discipline. This principle can be remembered as the principle of three Ds. In daily routine one should remember the purpose for which one is born which to fulfill Dharma duty Artha wealth Kama desire and Moksha liberation . To achieve them one needs to follow the four Fs i Follow the teacher ii Face the negative devils of the mind iii Fight till the end and iv Finish at the goal. The essence of Bhagwad Gita can be summarized in one shloka Chapter 2.48 where Krishna says to Arjuna yogastha kuru karmani which means concentrate on actions do all actions while remaining in yoga . He further says that one should take success and failure in the same stride. yogastha steadfast in yoga kuru perform karmani duties or action . To acquire spiritual health one should follow three Ss which are i Satsang company of good people ii Sadhana hard work and iii Sanskar good deeds . Adi Shankaracharya in Bhaj Govindam describes them as Satnam or Simran bhakti or reciting the name of their God Satsang company of good people and Seva good karmas . Before doing any work one should follow the principles of three Hs i listen with the Head ii follow the Heart to choose one of the choices and iii order the Hands to take an action. The ABCs of a good professional are Availability Behavior and Competence. Competence comes last the first is the availability of the professional. An action should be based on Truth it should be coming from consciousness and should end in internal bliss. Various Vedic literatures have termed this triad by different names like satha chitha ananda and satyam shivam sundaram. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

Sattchittaananda: The soul characteristics

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Satt means ‘truth or knowingness’ Chitta means ‘conscious based’ Ananda means ‘bliss or inner happiness’ The soul in Vedic description is described as Sattchittaananda. People in touch with their soul speak the truth, take consciousness–based decisions and experience inner happiness. The great rishis of India have described a formula of how to be in touch with your soul and get inner happiness. The formula is based on three questions, which you should ask yourself before performing any action. 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it consciousness–based? 3. Will it give happiness? If the answer to all three is ‘yes’, go ahead. In other words, if the answer to any of the three is “no”, do not perform that action. Later on, many dharma groups modified this formula for their own use. 1. Buddha’s Law of Action summarizes these questions as: • Is it the truth? • Is it necessary? • Will it bring happiness to me? • Will it bring happiness to others? If the answer to any of the questions is ‘no’, then do not do that action. 2. Buddha’s Law of Speech summarizes the questions as: • Is it the truth? • Is it necessary? • Is it kind? If the answer to any of the question is ‘no’, do not speak 3. The Rotary four–way test comprises of: • Is it the truth? • Is it fair to all concerned? • Will it build goodwill and better friendship? • Will it be beneficial to all concerned? If the answer to any of the answer is ‘no’, do not perform that deed. 4. Formula of three H: Head, Heart and Hand Before doing any action ask your head for the choices. Then listen to the heart to give you the best consciousness–based advice and finally order the hand to do the action. 5. The formula Satyam Shivam Sundram is based again on three questions: Is it the truth; is it God (consciousness based); and is it going to build my inner beauty (happiness). 6. ‘May I help you?’ is another formula given in Srimad Bhagwat where once you agree to help, you end up with truth, tapa of hard work, purity of mind and daan or charity.