LIVING IN THE PAST THUS LOSING SENSE OF PROPORTION
Importantly, it has been observed that each one of us is having some existential problems. One may be having problem related to financial security, health related issues, relationship incompatibility, ecological issues, adjustment with the changed environment related issues, mental wellness issues, workplace blues, lack of stress busters such as lack of control over mind, communication related issues, portrayal of negative attitude, frustration due not being able to meet targets due to one reason or other. These problems remain pestering us. Solution lies in solving them and not remaining glued to these problems thus compounding our problems still further.
WE CARRY BAGGAGE OF THE PAST EVENTS
In essence, there are people who are not able to dissociate themselves with the past events. It may be about business failure, death of somebody in the family, loss of job or some other reason. It should be kept in mind that these unsavory events remain stalking us due to which we are not able to enjoy our present moment. That is dark shadows of past events remain clouding even the happy moments of the present. By remaining hooked in the past, we’re not able to concentrate on the job in hand thereby commit mistakes thus becoming an instrument for still more problems. Therefore, the best course would be to shed the past baggage which is stinking and remain focusing on the present moment. If we continue sowing the seeds of past events then the net result would be dismal. If at all we want to take some experiences of the past, we can do so for our own benefit.
PUT A CURTAIN ON THE UNPLEASANT EVENTS OF THE PAST
While we live in the shadow of the past then we remain thinking about the events which happened in the past. Past is dead and cannot come back, therefore, best way is to forget it as a bad dream. We can bury deep these unpleasant events and not hide behind them since these are of no consequence to us presently. Though past experiences teach us some lesson, these should be learned and efforts made to proceed on.
RETRIBUTION WOULD BE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE
If somebody has done something bad to us in the past, the first thing which creeps-up in our mind is to take revenge rather than forgetting it altogether. This is a fallacy since for how long we can remain clinging to this rut and spoil our present in pointless and worthless thoughts. We’ve to understand that it is the emotion embedded in the situation which is hurting us at the present moment Holding on to the emotion means we cannot forget a past event. The day we let go our surcharged emotion, we will forget things of the past and move on. Afterwards recalling the bad experience of the past would be somewhat difficult. But when we still feel hurt, then it means we have not forgotten the part even
Bhagwad Gita, has elaborately prescribed three material energies as the modes (Gunas) of living.
- Satvic mode (Guna): wherein we take refuge in goodness and wisdom. It is insightful and enlightening and filled with goodness.
- The second is Rajvic mode (Guna): wherein we possess passion for material possessions which bind the soul with attractions of the world.
- Third is Tamsic mode (Guna) when we take refuge in ignorance which binds the embodied souls with delusions, negligence, greed, laziness and sleep along with all the negativity.
These three modes of living bind the eternal Soul with the mortal body. While living under the influence of Rajasvic and Tamsic modes, it is difficult to dissociate with the past events.
Those amongst us know each of the three Gunas yet are not attached to any of these while remaining established in the self live in the present moment. Such people remain balanced in any situations and conditions, accept blame or worthiness. For them past, present and future are of immense significance since they use the experience of the past, live in the present moment and prepare for unpredictable future with zeal and enthusiasm. They are steadfast in their conviction, have self-assurance, simplicity and humility are their important facets. For such people nothing matters other than their Karma while living a spiritual oriented existence.
In conclusion, we’ve to be Karma Yogis, caring little of the past events (not repeating our bad Karmic deeds), living and enjoying what we do presently; thus in the process purifying our body, mind and soul while doing our Karmic deeds. While passing from one stage of life to other, we are fortunate to get something good but also may lose something else. Our purpose should be to move on with a balanced mindset thinking everything is transient, impermanent, passe, with no-problem mindset