A five day Shrimad Bhagavad Gita discourse was organised in the huge auditorium of Mahalakshmi temple at Kolkata from 27th October to 31st October 2012. Shri R. P. Goenkaji was the chief host of this event. The atmosphere in Kolkata was filled with great joy and excitement because of the prevailing Pooja festival. Offering his obeisance at the lotus feet of Maa Mahalakshmi, Pujya Bhaishri began to explain the significance of the 19th Verse from the 3rd chapter of the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita.
Pujya Bhaishri said that one should continue to perform one’s duties without being attached to the results of the actions. This will lead to the attainment of God. Explaining the significance of karma (actions), Pujya Bhaishri said that even those who have attained self-realisation and God should continue to perform karma because other people follow the examples set by such divine people.
Pujya Bhaishri provided an example of Lord Buddha and said that there are two types of people: those who believe that there is a God and those who believe that God does not exist. Lord Buddha disapproved of both these beliefs because God is not a subject to be believed in; God is to be experienced. Hence there is a need to rise above these beliefs. When both types of people will set out on the path of experiencing God, one will have the potential to become Shankracharya and the other Lord Buddha!
Pujya Bhaishri further clarified the question: “Are karma (actions) and kriya (activity) different?” Kriya is the quality of the nature. When an individual, out of ignorance, believes that I am doing something, this becomes karma; and this karma causes attachments.
Explaining the dialogue between Kali and King Parikshit, Pujya Bhaishri said that King Parikshit provided five abodes to Kali: Places of gambling, taverns of wine, women of unchaste lives, slaughterhouses and gold. Honourable people like a King, Guru, elders and religious people should under no circumstances indulge in these since others follow the footsteps of these leaders.
Pujya Bhaishri explained that the question asked by Arjun is not just one raised by Arjun, but it concerns all of us. Arjun asked, “Why does one get tempted to performing sins or bad deeds against one’s own wishes?” When one falls in love with God, one’s mind, intellect, consciousness and senses remain engrossed in God. Pujya Bhaishri elaborated on verse 38 of chapter 3 of the Bhagavad Gita on how one can control anger, lust and greed and kindle the light of knowledge. He said that Kaam (lust) is the root of all problems. Hence, we must destroy Kaam. Lord Shiv destroyed Kaam while Shri Naradji achieved victory over kaam. We don’t want to attain victory over kaam, we must destroy it.
When you get angry, the tone of your voice continues to rise. You shout and talk. However, when you love someone, your tone of voice is gentle and sometimes one becomes silent and speechless. Why? In anger, the other person is next to you but the fury increases the distance. On the other hand, in love, even when the other person is far the thought of the beloved brings you closer.
This way, Pujya Bhaishri spread the message of love, advised all to consider their karma as pooja and experience content in life by understanding the message of the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. The katha was concluded with Hari naam sankirtan and a Maha aarati of Maa Lakshmiji.