23 Apr Q&A on ‘Gunas’ at the Satsang, 21 April 2013
The topic for the Hindi Satsang on Sunday, 21st April, 2013 was ‘Gunas.’
Following is the transcript of the Q & A between the audience and Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra.
Q: My 7 year old often asks me, if God exists then why can we not see Him? If He is everywhere then why we cannot see?
Dr. J: Can we see air? We can’t see certain things but they are there.
Smt. H: Well the answers are like this only, we don’t see air, we don’t see hydrogen and oxygen separately in water. We don’t see butter in milk. So automatically God is like that only. So this is the way in which we can explain and that is the simplest and the correct way.
Q. My daughter is working. Her In laws are training her five year old son against her. What to do?
Dr. J: Well you have handed over your child to others, you have to accept.
Smt. H: This is what will happen. You don’t have to worry. This is also a temporary thing so you don’t have to get disturbed like that. That’s what we have to learn in life. The child might say something bad about the mother and tell her that he doesn’t like her. But that does not mean what he is saying is permanent. He will also change. Let him speak anything to the mother, the mother should always talk to him with love, speak good things about him, spend quality time with him, then everything will be fine. We should not bring emotions into this. Accept, have faith, have patience.
Q. Isn’t finding Purusa like finding a black cat in a dark room, which we don’t know for sure if it is there?
Dr. J: See it is definitely difficult to find just as you say, but it is there, we have to have the faith.
Smt. H: You see a person being active, talking, and he suddenly stops talking and stops being active and he dies. Now, what is that which was there in the body? Something was there in the body which is now not there. So I think we all can understand that whatever left the body is something. The body is as it is, but what went was consciousness, Purusa, the soul, life. We all understand this. We cannot see it with our eyes. Eyes see only material things. But there is definitely something like it.
Q. Is walking barefoot in green grass useful for your eyes and health? Can we walk in the winters also barefoot?
Dr. J: Just check that there are no glasses, no thorns in that grass you are walking.
Smt. H: Rather you have to take care of your foot. More recent research shows that there are many bird droppings that are in grass which we cannot see, and when we walk barefoot on them, one of the major sicknesses a person could suffer from is meningitis. This was shown in a research paper. In earlier days it was okay, Ayurveda recommends walking barefoot on grass Due on grass provides coolness. All this is good if we have our own house and lawn which is covered and protected from droppings, but it is not possible these days. So in the case that there could be dirt and broken glass etc. in grass, it is better to avoid it and take care of your feet.
Q. How do you practice not to react daily to things that affect us regularly? Are there any methods we should follow?
Dr. J: If you have a child at home, the child can teach you all this. Otherwise you go to the neighbours’ child and that child also can teach.
Smt. H: The solution is simple, don’t allow yourself to get affected by things. Things keep happening. If you shout at someone and ask them not to talk to you in a particular way, maybe they might even listen. But someone else will come along to affect you. You cannot change people or the world. The only thing that is in your hands is to make yourself strong. A simple example that explains this is, if there are thorns on the road and you are walking barefoot, they will hurt you. You can remove some of the thorns that you see, but there are many which you may not be able to see. So the solution is, wear thick shoes. Then nothing will hurt you. It is a simple solution. The world will keep changing. Why are you getting affected? So stop letting yourself from getting disturbed.
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.