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  1. Manisha
  2. Master Gita Master Life
  3. 02 March 2019
How to not be sad despite legitimate reasons of how things in the past or people in the past didn't turn out well and it affects my present?
  1. Nandini
  2. 6 months ago
  3. #28
Hari Om! As Pujya Swamiji explained,Satchitananda is our true and real nature. Sorrow arises out of avidya and a sense of aham-mama! We are ignorant of our nature and we are so attached to me-mine ! I have lot of expectations and when they are not fulfilled, I become sorrowful. When "my"people-family, relatives, neighbours and friends behave in a way that is not agreeable to me , I become sorrowful. Thus every sorrow has a desire behind it, that was not fulfilled. All these desires were "mine" and related to "me and mine". It is indeed difficult to change our thinking pattern which has been established over hundreds of births. But having realised our folly, we should try to change. I seek refuge in my Guru and God whenever I am sad. I also listen to some prayers or hear the lectures of Pujya Gurudev and Pujya Gurruji under Chinmaya channel in You tube. Somewhere a gesture, some words spoken by the Masters or just the lecture itself shows me that I have been thinking wrong. Further introspection shows me that it was not correct to have such negative thoughts. Then the sadness disappears!
  1. Manisha
  2. 6 months ago
  3. #29
Hari Om. Thanks I like that!
  1. Mahavir
  2. 6 months ago
  3. #31
I think the sadhana was simply to identify whether sadness was experienced or not. Swamiji talked about 2 sources of sorrow - one because of svadharma moha and the other because of atma moha. Non performance of svadharma will lead to sin/paapa which gives sorrow. We can't change the past, so accepting current situation to Lord just as Arjuna offered his sorrows to Lord is one way. Doing correct action in the present as per clear understanding of svadharma should follow.
Swamiji's inaugural discourse talked about permanent happiness not being possible by actions --- listening to that 45 min discourse may help as well.
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