Hello and welcome to episode 150 of The Ask Sri Vishwanath Show. It’s been great to hit another milestone. It only seems like yesterday that we started on episode one. I want to thank you all for reading, watching and sending in such great questions.
Today is part two of how to work with higher motives. If you haven’t seen yesterday’s episode I highly suggest you read and watch it so you can really benefit from this one. I will give a quick recap but I suggest that you watch and read it in full.
Yesterday we spoke about destroying lower motives. These motives are money, passion, fame and power. This is natural. It is not your fault. It is because of the gunas leaving impressions on you. The great ones focus on the higher motives. Instead of money they want to offer value. Instead of passion they focus on purpose which never fades. Rather than seeking fame they seek to make others happy. Instead of craving power they seek to empower others. The lower motives involve taking whereas the higher motives all involve giving.
To make others feel good you first have to feel good and you to that by falling back on the consciousness and going back to the shore. That will be the only way you will discover your real purpose.
We spoke of how Krishna said that the great ones are serene in the midst of action and in the midst of serenity they can still operate at a higher level. They do this by controlling their reaction before the event happens by withdrawing the gunas. They are always seated at the shore like Krishna on the chariot in the midst of war.
When you destroy lower motives you will no longer be worried about what has to happen. You will no longer crave for the fruits of labour because they will come automatically.
By giving up the fruits of work you give up the gunas. When you withdraw the gunas you give up your lower motives. We think we need them but they are what bring us back time after time to create the gold image so we need to be rid of them by dissolving them within the consciousness. Don’t latch on to the lower motives.
Repeated births make us think that these lower motives are real but they are not real. They are only maya and we must withdraw and dissolve them. You don’t want them to be the reason for you coming back over and over again. This whole life is a fruit, from start to end and it has come because of the earlier Prarabdha karma, script and gunas.
Get rid of them by working with higher motives which will destroy the gunas and the script. This is the secret of a yogin.
These are incredibly powerful words. We need to give up the idea that we have control over the events. Now don’t be foolish and think that you can sit back and just do nothing. If you sit and do nothing tamas will come to you in this lifetime and sow the seeds for the fruits of the next lifetime.
Krishna says “to work you have the rights but not to the fruits thereof. Relinquish your desire for fruits but at the same time do not surrender from work. With the senses controlled, mind controlled he who commences the yoga of action with the organs of action wins serenity.”
We need to work without desiring these lower motives because they are the reason why were are here and if we fall for them we will have to go through all this again. It does not mean you can never achieve anything. When you work through the higher motives you will be rewarded with both success and happiness.
Do this by asking and answering the three questions we spoke of before. Who am I? Why am I here and what should I be doing while I am here?
This won’t happen overnight. You need to keep working on it. Keep falling back to the consciousness and stop worrying about the fruits of your labour. It may take a while but eventually it will pay off.
I hope I answered your questions. Remember you keep asking questions and I’ll keep answering them.