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Na-Mu-Myo-Ho-Ren-Gey-Kyo

images (1)Precisely! My curious expressions were not much different when I first read these lines outside the famous Japanese temple, situated atop the Pagoda hill in the beautiful hill station of Darjeeling, West Bengal. As i pen down suitable words to translate the meaning of this chant, i recall a famous incident from Bhagawad Geeta. King Duryodhan says I know what is right but my tendency is not to expedite the same; and I also know what is wrong but my tendency is inclined towards doing it. What Duryodhan speaks is not untrue. Having mortal weaknesses and infirmities we too, at times, know the clear line between that which is right for us and that which is wrong. In our daily lives we try to avoid a colleague/senior from office and give a false reason, we want a day’s off and we make a false pretext; do we not try to convince ourselves that what we are doing is but right? Or do we assume that hearing our inability to comply with their needs, will make them angry and deteriorate our relation with them. But how long can we satisfy others and cater to their needs by keeping our own at stake? I recall an audio of Chariji saying that in order to protect one lie, we keep on adding links and thus at the end, we are left with a complete chain! We fabricate ourselves in order to adjust with others perspective and hence forth, loose our own. This is the assumption-action theory in which unfortunately, assumption precedes action.

But our assumptions which are a product of our previous impressions (experience and previous impressions are two different things) and a complex neuro-science, involving neurons to stimuli our minds, always lead us in the right direction? Is there any person on Earth who already knows the consequences of every act of his even before doing so? So where does this mind exactly lead us towards!? Words like strategy, planning, foresight and alike must mean something, if at all they are given in the Oxford dictionary. Suppose i replace all these words with a single word- will power. Babuji always stressed on this word and I quote, “What is required for spiritual growth of man is only an iron will. When it is there, the goal is in your sight. If you can have these two things there can be absolutely no chance of failure. A powerful will made once is enough for the sure attainment of the Real. Half the distance is crossed when a man enters the field with a firm will.” Is this limited only in our spiritual sphere and not in our physical mundane tasks and targets? Of course will power cannot help us out in our future planning and making the balance sheet right but certainly it makes us burn the midnight lamp to accomplish our task within time, that is, living in the present moment. So do we require any assurances and strategies to determine the fruitfulness of our action? Even the word strategy used in business context reads out at the last *subject to market risk*.

Chariji was once asked, just like we have milestones on the road which keeps on telling our progress towards the destination, are there any milestones in our spiritual growth too? Chariji replied there are no milestones when we travel by air! In such a situation we have to rely and believe in what the pilot says, because from 30,000 ft. above the ground New Delhi and New York all appear to be the same! True. So when He says do every work in the consciousness of His doing that work, do we not then depend rather on that Supreme Power? And here comes the role of the mind! It surrenders our self before the real Self. In Mahabharat, Shri Krishna rebukes Arjun saying that if you want me to take decision for you so that you may avert from bearing the fruit of your karma (actions), then this is your sheer stupidity. Later recall Arjun, says himself to Lord Krishna, O Lord, show me the way, following which i can reach a blissful state. At this moment of surrender, where Arjun himself walks to Lord Krishna for his betterment, that Shri Krishna speaks the Bhagawad Geeta.

Thus, it is aptly said, some things are better felt than understanding the cause behind them. Of course the cause appeals to the mind, but it is the result that shape up the things. Sahaj Marg speaks of surrender and surrender it is of our mortal finiteness, namely the mind, in order to pursue the infinite, that is, the heart. Coming back to the Buddhist chant Na-Mu-Myo-Ho-Ren-Gey-Kyo is the language of pray which originated in Japan. So it will be appropriate to chant the original language without translating in Indian or any other language. It is a pray and hence should not be chanted by translation, that is, only when it appeals to the mind. It would be better that we chant this with the divine feeling of our progress and betterment…

By:Harsh Vardhan Bisht

E: a16harshvb@iima.ac.in

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