WISDOM AND ITS APPLICATION.
This is my true-life story. Before proceeding further, it would be better that readers come to know me. I am a man of 82 years living in India, Hindu by birth and by heart. The Hindu way of life is based on wisdom contained in our scriptures and gist from all scriptures, of all that is important, is contained in the book of wisdom named Geeta, in short (full name is: Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta), written in Sanskrit language.
My mother taught me Geeta when I was young and gave me a copy of it advising that I should read it from time to time so that with my brain maturing over time, I would be able to better connect with the wisdom contained in it.
I retired in November 2014. Luckily, I got in touch with a Sanskrit Scholar and teacher of Hindu scriptures. Her name is Swamini Sulabhanandji. She had been kind enough to teach to me Geeta in with depth of meaning of Sanskrit words.
I am mentioning here the most concentrated wisdom that I thus got from Geeta: -
(i) Always consider oneself (or one’s soul) as a dweller (or a tenant) and the body as a dwelling not belonging to the dweller although the dweller is responsible for its upkeep.
(ii) The supreme and eternal mother of the soul is God. In the verse 22 of Chapter 9 of Geeta Krishna tells his disciple and friend Arjuna, “God offers motherly assurance to souls who surrender exclusively to Him’.
This can again be understood through the same analogy of the mother and child. A new-born baby is fully dependent upon its mother, who takes care of the baby’s welfare entirely.
(iii) Get down, the soonest possible, from the giant wheel of the cycle of life and death by jumping out of it whenever it is closest to ground and then just be an observer rather than a rider on it — this is the way to attain ‘nirvana’.
The above is easier said than done. Nonetheless, I have been constantly endeavoring to brings these to my nature as much as possible.
I am glad to say that although I have far to go, whatever little that I have been to achieve in terms of following the above has done wonders to me.
My family history has it that genetically our liver makes more bad cholesterol than good. As a result, we are prone to clogging of arteries. My grand father and father passed away at age touching 60 due to cardiac problems.
At age 41 I had a heart attack; at 43, I had undergone coronary artery bypass grafting and the surgeon made 5 bypasses of from aorta to bottom ends of arteries in heart using veins taken out from my leg. It was termed veins grafting (now they use arteries taken from mammary area). Life of veins grafting was 10 years — by which time the veins could have deposits and could start getting clogged.
However, all went well with me until March 2022, when I started feeling weak. I consulted cardiologist who recommended CT Cardio Angiography. After seeing the results of CT Cardio Angiography, the cardiologist told me that out of 5 veins grafts (bypasses) 4 were already fully blocked and one is partly blocked, and my life was sustaining on the one graft that was partly blocked (or partly open).
Opinion of the cardiologist was that at this age stenting of the graft is not very advisable and that he would prefer to prevent further clogging of the graft through use of modern medicines.
Thus, at present I am on necessary medication.
Obviously, my life is presently sustaining on the one partly blocked graft or in other words my life is hanging on just one thread. The cardiologist has told me that all this would only somewhat extend my life by say a year or two at the most.
I have limited mobility as I feel weak and mostly, I am resting (3 to 4 hours) in daytime and 8 hours in night.
Obviously, there is nothing to be happy about living such vegetable life — rather it is a curse and anybody in my situation can be perturbed and worried.
From this point of view, I am free from such thoughts — thanks to my mother who introduced me to Geeta. I feel like enjoying the lap of my mother — God and am free of all worries through application of the wisdom provided to me by Geeta.