Let us THINK : By Dr.King (Author of books on Yoga,Spirituality,Gardening...)
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Pause In the previous episode we were talking about the “Chariot allegory” that is used by the Upanishadic story that we have been discussing. The allegory says that our body is the chariot and our soul is the rider who uses this chariot. It also says that death is the event of this soul disembarking the chariot. Now the question is “what happens when this rider disembarks?”. Obviously, the body gradually disintegrates. But what happens to the rider who has stepped down? Does he also perish?
Pause In the previous episode we were talking about the chariot allegory. Allegories are visual depiction of some abstract ideas. The Nachiketa’s story we have been discussing for the last few weeks uses a chariot allegory to explain what we actually are and what relation we have with our body. It says that our body is like a chariot.
Pause Many of us equate ‘us’ to our body. ‘We’ means ‘our body’. That is exactly the way even the modern science sees it. But ancient Indians did not think that way. Ancient Indian Sankhya philosophers for example, put forth an elaborate reasoning to show why this view is meaningless. They did not expect you to blindly accept their view. But they gave reasons using which you too can logically arrive at the same conclusion.
Pause The Upanishadic story of boy Nachiketa that we started with, opened up a fundamental question, namely “what happens when we die?”. Actually, that was only a pretext. The main aim of this story, like all stories in the Upanishads, is to talk about ultimate truth and ways to attain that truth. But let us move systematically to that end, as the Upanishad does.
Pause Many of us are so busy that we hardly have any time to die ;-) But death and tax spare none. Though it is difficult to prove that death is inevitable, that happens to be one of the truths all of us seem to accept. We all die one day. What happens when that inevitable thing finally comes about? Have you ever wondered?
Pause In the previous episode, we started with the story of Nachiketa. This boy marched to abode of death just to keep his father’s word.
Pause After spending several months with the herd of cattle, our boy Satyakama finally returned to his teacher. What happened then? Did the teacher teach him at least then?
Pause In the previous post, I described how various creatures – bull, fire, swan and a waterbird – all came one after the other and tried to teach Satyakama something. But what exactly were they trying to convey?
Pause In the previous post, I mentioned about strange happenings that happened in the life of Satyakama. What were these strange happenings?
Pause In the previous post we saw how the teacher Gautama arrived at the parentage of Satyakama, a son of a single mother Jabala. Gautama concluded that Satyakama must have been born to a Brahmin since he did not hesitate to speak the most dreadful truth of his life. Gautama even admitted him to his school. But did he actually teach him?
Pause Let us continue our story of Satyakama that we started in the previous post.
Pause Imagine how a mother would feel when her own son asks her this question. Today, single motherhood is not uncommon. So this question may not upset many a single mother. But I am talking about a mother who probably lived 5000 years ago.
Pause Today I am starting a new series namely “Insightful stories from Upanishads”. As I have been doing earlier, I hope to talk to you twice a week, every Wednesday and Friday.
This is a video/audio of books on Yoga, Meditation and Philosophy by Dr. King. The books discussed in this part are
This is a video/audio of books on Yoga, Meditation and Philosophy by Dr.King. The books discussed in this part are