Beyond self-centredness:


First me, and then any thing else, is normally the most feasibly available thought in ones mental cycle hovering all around. It’s an utopia only to eliminate this phenomenon howsoever best one tries to be  impartial by compromising at least some part of it for the sake of selflessness. But if it is left as it is, the very grace part of life’s mission is lost. The mission of life lies, inter-alia, in doing some good things which interest others and are not confined to one’s own self alone. Doings are always secondary to thinking. What we think counts more than what we actually do in physical terms. As illustrated in Bhagwatgeeta, the very thought process, and not the physical part of it as an act, determines one’s role. One interpretation of it defines celibacy more as an act of mind, the medulla oblongata, than an element of physical performance. In terms of it, if a person physically abstains from any sexual activity, this by itself is no practicing any celibacy unless he/ she is able to discard the very thought of it mentally. Mind is the master and what master does matters. Same measuring rod applies to routine activities too. If a prick pinches me, I am supposed to similarly think when such an eventuality causes pain to some body else as an offshoot of my activities. This actually warrants that I have to refrain from doing any thing that causes pain or discomfort even to the person at the receiving end. This is actually the stage when I have to rise above my self-centredness before indulging into any activity that causes pain or even inconvenience to others, physically or mentally. It is blatantly selfish to get dominated by self-centredness sans thinking for others in the similar circumstances.

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13 thoughts on “Beyond self-centredness:”

  1. DEAR SHRI NEELKANTH JI,I LIKE YOUR THIS ARTICLE VERY MUCH,IN REALITY EVERY BIT OF OUR ACTIVITY PRESUPPOSES SOME WANT AND WE CARE MUCH FOR ”SELF” THIS CONSCIOUS ACTIVITY GOES BY THE NAME OF LIFE.WHERE ACTIVITY IS CONSCIOUS,THAT IS WHAT WE CALL LIFE.,BUT WHEN IT IS UNCONSCIOUS,AS IN A BIG ENGINE OR MACHINE,WE DO NOT REGARD IT AS LIFE ONLY WHEN ACTIVITY KNOWS THAT IT IS ACTIVE,IT IS LIFE.EVERY ACTIVITY FURTHERMORE IS ACTUATED BY SOME WANT.WHAT HAS MADE ME ACTIVE?THE DESIRE TO GET SOMETHING.WHY HAVE YOU COME HERE?BECAUSE YOU AD I THINK THAT YOU AND I WILL GET KNOWLEDGE OR HELP OF SOME KIND.WE NEVER TAKE ONE STEP FORWARD WITHOUT THE HOPE OF GETTING SOMETHING,OR RELIZING SOMETHING.ALL ACTIVITY PRESUPPOSES RESTLESSNESS AND RESTLESSNESS COMES FROM WANT.SO LONGAS THAT RESTLESSNESS IS IN US,WE WILL HAVE TO ACTIVE,WE WILL TRY TO SATISFY THE WANT IN OURSELVES. K.R SAINI

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  2. DEAR SHRI NEELKANTH JI ,I LIKE YOUR THIS ARTICLE VERY MUCH,INREALITY EVERY BIT OF OUR ACTIVITY PRESUPPOSES SOME WANT AND THIS CONSCIOUS ACTIVITY GOES BY NAME OF LIFE ”SELF”.WHERE ACTIVITY IS CONSCIOUS ,THAT IS WHAT WE CALL LIFE”SELF”.BUT WHEN IT IS UNCONSCIOUS,AS IN ABIG ENGINE OR MACHINE,WE DO NOT REGARD IT AS LIFE.ONLY WHENACTIVITY KNOWS THAT IT IS ACTIVE,IT IS LIFE.EVER ACTIVITY FURTHERMORE IS ACTUATED BY SOME WANT.WHAT HAS MADE ME ACTIVE ? THE DESIRE TO GET SOMETHING.WHY HAVE YOU AND I COME HERE?BECAUSE YOU AND I THINK THAT YOU AND I WILL GET KNOWLEDGE OR HELP OF SOMER KIND.WE NEVER TAKE ONE STEP FORWARD WITHOUT THE HOPE OF GETTING SOMETHING,OR RELIZING SOMETHING.ALL ACTIVITY PRESUPPOSES RESTLESSNESS AND RESTLESSNESS COMES FOR WANT.SO LONG AS THAT RESTLESSNESS INYOU AND ME,YOU AND I WILL HAVE TO BE ACTIVE,WE WILL TRY TO SATISFY THE WANT IN OURSELVES. K.R SAINI

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  3. Obviously the “I” is what drives ourselves. The ego. A spiritual ego as dangerous, as a more material one. The question it seems you’re posing, maybe? Is does thought drive the action? i.e. although you’re making reference to celibacy and thought necessary to be absent, prior to the desire. It follows, to me, that if one has murder in their heart? Then is that the same as actually doing so? Perhaps that is what Krishna asked, of Arjuna?

    For myself, i am human and not a saint. I have desires and so forth. I feel no compunction about occasional flirtations, with desires. Yet overall, I strive for the calm meditative state of perfect bliss. Knowing full well. Those desires are traps for the soul. I try to live in the world but like the flotsam, float on the surface. Feet in the water, head in the air. Breath in, breath out is the most important.

    Mind is a good servant and a lousy master. Even so, neelkanth. I take your point and take it well! Something to ponder on from time to time. Thanks for another wonderful blog. Succinct and to the point!

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    1. *As a noble thought, subtle and sublime in its character, is capable of placing the concerned person’s mind to an exhilerating tranquility of sanskars, so does the thought of murder or any sin like that leaving an impact of guilt and demoralisation on the individual concerned in as good a measure as in the matter of celibacy, and this is how the very thinking of an act is considered to have been physically done. I have, however, no reason to disagree with your views as they are always so precious to me. My sincere thanks.*

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  4. SIR, AN EXCELLENT PIECE OF WRITING ON A VERY TOUCHING SUBJECT. IT SHOULD ACT AS AN EYE OPENER TO ONE AND ALL. I AM FULLY IN AGREEMENT WITH YOU THAT ONE SHOULD RISE ABOVE ONE’S SELF-CENTREDNESS BEFORE INDULGING INTO ANY ACTIVITY THAT MAY CAUSE PAIN OR INCONVENIENCE TO OTHERS, PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY. VERY WELL SAID, SIR.

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  5. Sir Extremely nice piece of writing. I am fully agreed with the comments of Sri V.K. Malhotra. It has been the philosophy of your life to always keep care of others. I feel it appropriate to summarize your vision as i find is like this.
    Parhit saris dharam nahi bhai
    Par peeda sum nahi adhmai.

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