I will be gone from this blog,…… for a while, at least. However, I’m not closing down this blog as I may want to return later. Before leaving, however, I just wanted to take a moment to thank all the wonderful people I met here. I don’t want to make it sound like a speech, but it’s true that within a short frame of time I have developed fondness for quite a lot of you folks out here. I wish you success in  all your endeavors and lots n’ lots of happiness in your life. Cheers 🙂

The chariot, the mind, and the horses…

A-person-is-said-to-have-achieved-yoga-whenBhagvad Gita is one of the most potent proofs that the deepest philosophies can be explained through the simplest examples. I am neither a religious expert nor an aspiring new age Guru so pardon me if the following interpretation of Bhagvad Gita, is challenged by my limited authority on such matters.

The Chariot and the Rider: The body is the chariot and the soul is the rider. Furthermore, since the rider is not aware of its truth yet, it is also expressed in the form of ego or the ‘I’. We generally associate individuals with their physical body (man, woman, infant, boy, girl etc.). However the physical body is just a vehicle that the soul uses for the purpose of its journey of self realization. When the journey comes to an abrupt halt due to an old or damaged vehicle or due to running out of time, the rider discards the vehicle and moves to other possible realms of existence. Later it initiates another journey in a new vehicle. This process continues until the journey comes to its conclusion where the soul unites with the supreme consciousness (like they say – Journeys end in lovers meeting).

The horses and the reins: The five horses are the eyes, the ears, the nose, the tongue and the skin. These horses have a natural inclination to seek pleasure from their respective sources which are outside the chariot or the body (usually). However mind is attached to these senses and the horses cannot run unless their reins are let loose. But who handles the reins or the mind? It’s the intellect.

The charioteer: the intellect is the charioteer which controls the mind or the reins, thereby preventing the horses to run amok. It is the intellect which decides the route of the journey and how the obstacles would be handled. When the intellect is sturdy it efficiently drives the chariot and successfully delivers the rider to its destination. When the intellect is dull or sleepy it loses control over mind, and hence the horses run astray, resulting in the chariot wandering off without any sense of direction or purpose. During times like these the reins may be taken over by the ego and the results can be destructive, unless someone or something wakes up the intellect (usually the Guru). When the intellect is strengthened by spiritual wisdom it can reclaim the controls from the ego (or the ‘I’) and even educate the ego on its true identity.

Therefore, when the senses are disciplined through control over mind and the intellect is ripe with knowledge, only then will the soul be able to reach its ultimate destination of self discovery or unity with God.