Spiritual questions answered by HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Q. I have read in one of your messages that we should not be susceptible to emotional injuries that others might inflict upon us or emotional influence that others might try to wield on us. How to grow into such a state?
A. 1. Try to see Krishna in them and in everybody.
2. Accept all the happenings around you as His divine plays.
3. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and think how you would act.
4. Act with wisdom/discrimination (‘viveka’) always.
5. Whenever you are emotional, refrain from taking any critical decisions. Allow yourself to calm down before taking any decision.
6. Whenever you take decisions, ensure that the decision is driven by the brain and not by the heart. If the latter comes into play, it ends up in a mess.
7. Control your emotions through asanas and simple breathing exercises.
8. Be cheerful always and always remember that the sky is your limit. Small incidents in your day to day life should not affect your cheerfulness.
Q. Sri Veda Vyasa was born during Krishna’s time. So, the Vedas must have been divided into 4 during this time. But there is a reference to Rigveda, Yajurveda in Ramayanam itself. Please explain.
A. We know that there are 18 chapters in the Bhagavat Gita. Now someone splits each of these 18 chapters into a book each, and publishes 18 books. By doing so, does the fact that these chapters exist as titles in the wholesome work called Bhagavat Gita not exist anymore?
Likewise, the 4 portions of the Vedas existed since eternity. Rig Veda contains mantras for inviting the Devas for the sacrifices and some prayers. Sama Vedas is Rig Veda set to a tune. Yajur Veda Mantras deal with the procedure of the sacrifices (‘yagnas’).
It is said in Srimad Bhagavatam that Veda Vyasa, foreseeing that the people in Kali Yuga will not be capable of learning and preserving the entire Vedas, separated them into the four sections and assigned ownership to each section. That does not mean that these four sections did not exist earlier.
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