02 Jul Q&A on ‘Asteya’ (Non-Stealing)
The topic for the English Satsang on Sunday, 29th June, 2014 was ‘Asteya’ (Non-Stealing)
Following is the transcript of the Q & A between the audience and Smt. Hansaji J. Yogendra.
Listen to the audio:
Q. (Referring to the Mangal Geet sung at the end of every Satsang)Should we then reinforce this message “Sab Mangal Hai” (‘Everything is auspicious’) instead of “Sab Mangal Ho” (‘May everything be auspicious’)?
Smt. H: Let’s be very practical and clear that right now, everything is not ‘Mangal.’ So first let’s have the feeling that ‘Let some Mangal happen.’ Once it happens, then things will definitely be different. Right now, every human has more and more desire and is not at all content. That is why we have this prayer that says ‘Let everything be good.’ And so that goodness starts from within and you see good all around, that is when it will become “Sab Mangal Hai.”
Q. If you acquire some good knowledge from a certain source, can you share it with others without taking permission from that source?
Dr. J: No.
Smt. H: I would say you should definitely try and give credit to the source. Taking permission is a very difficult task. What permission are we going to have for past sayings, like those of Mahavir and Buddha, etc.? But at least you can mention that a certain quote was taken from the Bhagwad Gita, etc. That would be a better management.
Q. Desires can give rise to expectations and expectations can help one to achieve goals and go ahead in life. Should a person give up desires completely or learn to distinguish between positive and negative desires?
Dr. J: Don’t desire. Keep on doing your work. That would be my suggestion.
Smt. H: Desiring and because of the desire you work hard, that formula is not accepted in spirituality. In any case we should be working hard. Do the best in whatever moment or situation we are in. If a work is worth doing, it is worth doing well; very sincerely, with full attention and concentration and very positive feeling. Enjoy the work and do it. So live life like this. So developing a desire, to fulfill the desire, overdo the work and neglect other work. Somewhere something or the other goes wrong, the moment a person has a desire and is trying to enthusiastically achieve. His mind is totally focused in satisfying the desire and all the other duties are neglected. Somewhere the balance is lost. That’s why we always say that let’s not live life like that. Don’t have desires. Do your best according to the situation. Lead a balanced life.
Satsang is an open meeting held every Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30 am at The Yoga Institute, Santacruz East, Mumbai. It involves an interesting presentation to the public, made by the students of the Teacher Training Course. Each week, a new presentation of a Yogic concept is made in a simple way through skits and decoration for the general public, followed by a short speech from our Gurus, Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra.