Transformational teaching conveys not just intellectual meaning but also emotional meaning
The most effective teaching methods touch not just the head but also the heart. When a message is meaningful not just intellectually but also emotionally, it inspires us much more forcefully towards transformational action.
The Bhagavad-gita demonstrates such dynamic integration. Most of the Gita comprises profound philosophical teachings conveyed through sound reasoning. Its devotionally-centered presentation of the multi-level path of yoga is a mine of intellectual fulfillment.
Additionally, the Gita complements and completes its appeal to the head with an appeal to the heart. It (18.63) asks Arjuna to deliberate on its message and then choose his course of action. Lest he find it difficult to figure his way through its multi-layered message, the Gita (18.64) appeals to Arjuna’s heart. Krishna proclaims that he loves Arjuna firmly – and out of love, he will repeat the most confidential message. Thereafter (18.65), he repeats the essential point of an earlier verse (09.34), recommending wholehearted devotional practice. Then (18.66), he speaks the verse widely considered the Gita’s crest-jewel, calling for unhesitant surrender and assuring unfailing protection.
Conveying his eagerness that the Gita’s message be unambiguously understood, Krishna delineates the many rewards that await those who connect with its message, by sharing (18.68-69), studying (18.70) or even just hearing (18.71). Wanting to prevent any incorrect decision or indecision caused by lack of comprehension, Krishna then asks Arjuna whether he has understood (18.72). Gita commentators bring forth the implication: if Arjuna hasn’t understood any part of the Gita, Krishna is ready to repeat that part or even the whole Gita.
Such a forceful call to the head and the heart evokes the clear-headed and whole-hearted response of surrender to the divine from Arjuna (18.73). If we open our head and heart to Krishna’s message, it can similarly enlighten and enliven us too.
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Those who stay upset about what they don’t have waste what they do have
Suppose a person with artistic talent craves and slaves to become an engineer. But if they just don’t get mathematics or physics and somehow struggle through their studies and manage to become a third-grade engineer. All long, they berate themselves for being so poor at engineering while remaining blind to their artistic gifts.
If we have bought in to a materialistic worldview, then our sense of self-worth will largely be determined by whatever is glamorized in the contemporary materialistic culture. If we have those glamorized attributes, we feel inflated; otherwise, we feel deflated. By thus obsessing over what we don’t have, we miss out on what we do have – and we all do have some talents.
The journey to self-actualization, to actualizing our talents by transforming them into achievements, begins with self-acceptance, accepting ourselves for what we are, with our unique set of strengths and limitations. Such self-acceptance becomes easier when we cultivate spiritual self-understanding. Gita wisdom explains that we are at our core spiritual beings, eternal parts of the supreme spiritual being, Krishna. He loves us always and invites us to love him from whatever condition we are in at present.
The Bhagavad-gita (18.46) states that the Lord who sources and pervades everything can be worshiped through our work. That is, whatever be our natural set of talents and interests, we can engage them in a mood of devotional service.
By the practice of direct bhakti-yoga activities, we feel connected with Krishna internally and gain our sense of self-worth and security from that divine connection. Thus becoming less depended on the world’s approval, we can look beyond the talents glamorized in the social mirror and discern the talents that we do have, develop them, thereby making contribution externally and finding satisfaction internally.
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Originally Posted by Teddy316