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Hinduism: the Concerns of the Heart and Looking to Life After Life

Hinduism: The Concerns of the Heart and Looking to Life After Life

In India the Hindu culture addresses the concerns of the heart. They have texts that are 5,000 years old, focused on how to control the heart. The conflict between the heart and the mind has existed from the beginning of humanity. As it is sung in our prayers, “O heart, why are you so disturbed … life is much more than running from one place to another. No one in the world has been able to capture the sun or youth. Why even try? Let go … you should be thankful that whoever is walking with you has their own journey; you cannot force them to come with you. In the end you have to die alone. Only focus on your journey”.

In the Bhagavad-Gita, on the battlefield Arjun’s uncles are there but he can’t find them. He learns that on the battlefield each has to follow their own path. Let your actions not be guided by emotions. Time is a cruel master that changes constantly. In the ancient Vedas it is sung, “Arise, awake and stop not until your goal is achieved”. We pray, “O Lord, give me the power of my heart so that I can conquer my heart. Before I can hail / appreciate the achievements and victories of others, let me hail / appreciate my own”.

In India life is a drama and we are all actors playing our role, following the script laid out for us. The only way forward is with you, the Lord. It is part of daily life for a Hindu. There is some power controlling us. The perception of almighty power unifies us. Every day we look at the Bhagavad-Gita and realise that we still have a long way to go to deepen our spirituality. All of us have to do our appointed works. The scriptures encourage us; we need to look to life after life, to go beyond our own concerns.

Pavan Duggal, lawyer, expert in cyber security and Board member from India, made this reflection at the start of the second day of the Board of Foundation meeting in Abuja, Nigeria on Saturday 20 October 2018.

Pavan Duggal, Board MemberPavan Duggal Board Member