Nihar Satpathy Quotes
“One’s lack of confidence over oneself contributes to one’s downfall, even if such a downfall is avoidable. It diminishes whatever probabilities there are of overcoming the hurdles on the path to our success. It strips us of our ability to win a battle even when the circumstances favor us. Most of our strength, capacity and resilience gets nullified when we harbor the slightest of doubts over our own adequacies. The more the sense of insecurity, the closer we move towards defeat.”
“A true leader always leads by example, by demonstrating to others how the work is done. Sri Krishna, being a great spiritual leader of his time, also chose to perform certain worldly activities. Why? He explains, “If ever I cease to be vigilantly engaged in action, then people would follow my footsteps in every way and no one would perform action.”28 The life of Krishna is marked by ordinariness. He did the earthly job of cow herding, and also indulged in romancing, dancing and playing the flute. He demonstrated a life for others to emulate. He led a balanced life with his strengths as well as frailties. His life was, therefore, not extraordinary. He was not an epitome of perfection. He showed others how to lead a normal, worldly life by himself performing all the actions and yet drifting away from it by reaching for higher ideals.”
“In the Bgagavad Gita why should God ask us not to expect the results? Is He aware that the systems in nature, that is, the order of the world created by Him, do not have a fool proof provision for it? Then is it not a rational world ensuring justice to all the actions delivered by man? One wonders why God, the supreme creator of this universe, does not have a system in place for ensuring a matching reward for all our actions.”
“Even though there is no certainty that the expected results of our work will manifest, we have to remain committed to our work and duties; because, even if the results are slated to arrive, they cannot do so without the performance of work. This should be the spirit of a follower of the way of action, that is, Karma Yoga.”
“Why does Sri Krishna say in the Gita that whenever the evil forces raise their head he appears on earth to support the righteous ones? Why does he rather not bring a final end to the perpetual fight between good and evil, instead? Why should evil rise again and again? Mankind is tired of perpetually facing the onslaught of evil. Why does it not get crushed once and for all? Why does God not make it happen? This question often puzzles us.”
“It goes without saying that the human mind is a powerhouse of hidden clues. It’s only that we are not aware of it. All of us are endowed with an immense ability to resolve most of the questions that torment us. All that is required is to delve deep and unravel the rays of light that lie within the darkness of our mind. We have layers of wisdom that remain unexplored within us. What matters is a strong intent and resolve to reach out to our inner self to retrieve those answers.”
“Devotion is love with unadulterated faith, without a trace of doubt or disbelief. Who is one supposed to be devoted to? It may be the almighty. It could also be any of the prophets, preachers or enlightened souls on earth who have great vision. It could even be the deities and various other manifestations of God. They are the ones who inspire us, guide us and show us the light of wisdom. Once someone realizes that the principles and teachings of any such exceptional entities touch his heart, he reposes immense faith in them and becomes their devotee.”
“The holy books of all religions serve as our pathfinders. The Quran of Islam, the Bible of Christianity, the Gita of Hinduism, Guru Granth Sahib of Sikhism, the Tipitaka of Buddhism, and the Agamas of Jainism are all examples of scriptures that dig deep into the perennial questions that have been plaguing mankind since time immemorial. They try to answer them in their own ways. The great souls and prophets who have pioneered various religious movements in the world have left behind their treasure of wisdom in the form of written words available in those Holy Scriptures.
Not only such scriptures, but also the many non-religious texts such as the ancient epics of Greece, the writings of Confucius and the celebrated tragedies of Shakespeare, all throw light on the unending questions that mankind has been struggling with. We would be deprived of a lot if such a legacy of contributions down the ages is lost sight of. It would have been nice if we could delve deep into the vast ocean of insights presented in each one of this line-up of classics and holy books in our quest for the necessary answers.
It is not that all these scriptures necessarily provide a straight and conclusive answer. Had it been so, the human race would not have been struggling with it even today.”
“When we say that there is a perpetual clash between good and evil in the world, it does not necessarily mean that the confrontation takes place only between warring nations, communities, groups or individuals. It could also include the internal conflict that goes on within us. The elements of virtue and vice are present in every one of us. The question remains: Which of these elements are predominant in our inner selves? For example, the element of modesty in our nature may sometimes be overridden by arrogance, prompting us to act arrogantly. Thus, a continuous clash of good and evil goes on within the human being all the time”
“We know that Hinduism believes in reincarnation. Such beliefs or theories have one purpose. It is to provide a plausible answer to our questions that would otherwise remain unanswered. We have questions such as, “Why should I perform work if the result is not likely to be seen; especially when death can visit me at any moment? And then: Why should death happen at all? And why do our kith and kin have to be engulfed in grief when we die? Is it not injustice and something not acceptable?" The Gita tries to assuage such feelings by stating that just as we attain childhood, youth, and old age, similarly, we also attain another body after our death. It is a continuous and cyclical process, and the wise ones should not have worries in this regard.”
“The conflict between good and evil is a perennial process. It is an inherent component that is built into the human system, and it is not going to end at any point of time. The function of every human being is to accept this predestined conflict. A man has to be battle-ready at all times, aware of the warring sides of good and evil. He has to join a side either by choice or as prompted by his nature and upbringing. There is no escape from this.”
“One important aspect of the Gita which remains is that even though it presents to us some diverse paths as a way of life, such as action, devotion, knowledge and meditation, it does not impose any of these paths on an individual. Rather, it leaves the choice to the people, because the followers of all these paths are essential for the smooth functioning of the world, and any en masse inclination towards only one of them would jeopardize the society by causing an imbalance in its system. The Gita also recognizes that the path that one should follow is determined primarily by the free choice of man as well as his inherent nature, which can be interpreted as a genetic inheritance he is endowed with.”
“There are wives who are considered to be the blessing of a home, and then there are those who bring disaster into the household. Further, there are wives who cause poverty and starvation in the family. Some of them even cause cracks in the family, while there is also the kind of wife who brings showers of prosperity.”