How Bhagavad Gita Changed My Life | Part 1 | Hostel Life Begins

How Bhagavad Gita Changed My Life | Part 1 | Hostel Life Begins



                     My son Akshay, did you pack your bags? Yes, Mom did it. What about your mobile, charger, earphones and your other electronic stuff. Did it already Mom. It was the day I was supposed to leave for my hostel. As I passed 12th standard & got admission in one of the prestigious colleges of PUNE UNIVERSITY.


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Everyone in the house was running here and there to  pack my luggage & here was I thinking about how my college and hostel life was going to be. I have heard and seen in many movies how its a life of freedom.

 The modern world blatantly portrays the freedom in its highly positive connotation. 


But Gita talks about the dual nature of the world where nothing is absolute. Even the very freedom has its flip side. Freedom given to a person who is not qualified to handle it hurts himself and society as well.


The data given by CDC(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) proves this by stating that "If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness".



 Not aware of this knowledge I was coming under the propaganda of the society which is very expert in rationalizing the rationale lies. I was remembering the typical movies of Bollywood starting from Student of The Year to 3 Idiots and was just dreaming about my upcoming freedom.



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"Where is the idiot" I could recognize the tone & understand my father is angry. "Akshay hurry up we are leaving in next 15 minutes" He shouted. I forgot to mention that my father served India Army for 25 years and retired from the post-Subedar Major. Due to which naturally my lifestyle at home was with a lot of rules and discipline.

Again the modern world always promotes rules and regulation with highly negative connotation. Anything which restricts freedom will make one unhappy. Let us take a few examples to smash this modern conception into dust. The rule for fish is to stay in water but it's always good for fish to be in the water. Soldiers get up early morning to get trained which is again a rule but it do make them stronger every day. Both the cases following of the rule seems to be an extremely better option.


Imagine if you play cricket & there are no rules. Bowler comes running and instead of bowling, he keeps running hits the batsman. The batsman is fallen on the ground and then he hits the stump with the ball. Such cricket makes no sense.

Even to enjoy a sport like cricket you need rules and regulation what to say about life without rules.

The Gita neither promotes restriction of freedom or acceptance of too many rules and regulation. Gita takes it to altogether on a different level which is the integration of freedom and restrictions. As per Gita the freedom doesn't mean rejection of restrictions rather the acceptance of right restrictions. 


Now the car was about to leave and Mom was like"take care of health...call me every day...sleep on time...study nicely...don't take to much stress..." I was quite emotional here from inside to leave my family but the passion to hunt the new freedom surpassed that soon. 



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When my relative came to know about this that I am going to stay in a hostel the proactively started preaching and giving orientation about the hostel atmosphere like ragging, smoking, drugs etc.


I was first to reach the hostel room & conquered the bed next to the window. I had three roommates who were from the different parts of Maharashtra. The hostel life began with full force with late nights, parties, outings, movies, bunks, freshers party and birthday bums (birthday boy receives a series of kicks from his all friends together at once on his hips - that's the way love is shown)


Everything was going the way I wanted but still, something was missing. Not knowing that this as ephemeral bliss. 

As Krishna also says in Gita Chapter 2 , 14th verseOh Son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.


Sooner I started encountering many problems in this lifestyle. Movies generally show a very utopian life but the reality is very harsh.

One my roommates had a habit of drinking and smoking. Slowly he taught this art to many other friends who were from other rooms. I could see the boys from a respected background like the son of lawyer, police, doctor etc were not capable enough to handle the freedom and got swayed away.

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Again Krishna warns in Gita Chapter 5 , 22 verse

An intelligent person does not take part in the sources of misery, which are due to contact with the material senses. O son of Kunti, such pleasures have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them.


None of us had this knowledge of Gita and all of us were struggling to handle the untimely freedom given to us. "  'To choose' is itself not freedom, maturity to choose wisely is".  I read this quote in Mumbai on a side bag of a teenager but now the meaning was sinking deep inside the heart.


As I was not an exception for this and I was often forced by my friends with this dialogue "Tera baap toh army me hai tujhe toh pina hi chahiye" ( Your father is in the army, you should drink with us) .
This use to go till late nights. Due to which I was once caught sleeping right in the middle of chemistry class. 
   
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Somewhat like this with closed eyes, I was looking at the teacher. She was feeling pitty and angry with me at the same time. But for me, it was not a usual incident. So far in school, I was a bright student. Getting insulted in front of everyone was a nightmare. 


But they were too many of them, so even me and my other roommates were afraid to tell these bunch of oenophiles to got somewhere else and leave us alone.

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If we observe the world around us everything is taken care like starting from our emotional needs we have a family to support us, physical needs we have the stuff to eat and drink provided by nature, health we have natural medicine, oxygen to breathe etc.

 If we extrapolate the logic if everything is provided by the creator then he should also provide the absolute knowledge to live happily as this is also one of the needs. Gita is one of the ways to fulfill that intellectual need.

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11 comments:

  1. very nice and inspiring waiting for part 2,
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  2. Very inspiring & thoughtful & also very very skillfully & meticulously written. Thanks

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  3. Amazing article Akshay! Looking forward to the next one!!

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