One more thing !

A Lesson from Gita

||Om tat sat||

A Lesson from Gita:

We have been going through Gita every week for the last 18 months or more. It is by no means a deep religious study or academic exercise. It is more by way of a sibling group reading Slokas, with a chance for everybody to explain a few Slokas every week. When you are at it for such a long period, some thoughts linger. What I am writing, are those thoughts.

First, Gita is a dialogue between two people, Krishna and Arjuna.

A dialogue between any two persons is on the basis of love and concern or respect and authority, or a don't care attitude, which conflates many feelings including disdain, hate, anger, jealousy, and all other demoniac qualities (Asura Gunas). This is also equivalent of classical Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic attitudes in classical line of thinking

Here, Krishna's dialogue is based on pure love and concern for Arjuna. Thus one of the most important points to be gleaned from Gita is the oceanic love of Krishna for Arjuna.

Krishna did not take the high ground and tell Arjuna, 'do as I tell - I know better.'
Krishna teaches with love. Arjuna asks questions repeatedly. The question at the beginning of 3rd and 5th chapters are almost same. Krishna did not put him down, taunt him or berate him saying 'Don't you hear what I am saying?' etc, Extreme patience is what we see from Krishna.

When one is explaining something or teaching somebody, the explanation process has to be such that the recipient should feel emboldened to come back again and again without a fear of being put down or ridiculed for not knowing. This is the quality of Krishna message. We see that throughout Gita.

There is also a great management lesson here. Managements work in teams. There will be people of lesser understanding or lesser grasping capability. A manager knows his team and modulates his explanation to suit the individual. Somebody has to be patted and somebody may have to be challenged.

There is a lesson for parents too. When we explain something to a child, we have to be sure that we are not knocking off his confidence putting him down or highlighting his inadequacies. We have to keep building his confidence continuously so that at every instant he learnt something, even from his mistakes. He must also know the love which is the basis for our concerns.

Earlier we noted that there is a substratum of love and concern in the dialogue of Krishna and Arjuna. We should readily know that any dialog could easily be misunderstood if that substratum of love and concern is seen to be not there. Indeed if that substratum of love and concern is seen to be not there, then every word is likely to be misunderstood or misrepresented. So when it becomes invisible, it should be made visible, so that the dialog is understood in proper perspective. For a good dialogue one has to take the mantle ship of Krishna and bring back that substratum of love and concern. That also opens up the opportunity to the other to be Arjuna or Krishna.

Krishna did not make Arjuna feel inadequate at any point on the dialog.
That is something all of us have to understand and learn.

Krishna had patience, to go along with his love.
But most important is the Love displayed by Krishna
That is the love of a person of authority who does not wield his authority
That is the love of a person, who lets his concern be seen and felt by the recipient
That is the love of a person who knows, but teaches at the level of the recipient,
That is the love that demolishes fear of the one being taught.

There is some more.

||om tat sat||