Manthana – Contemplation
Manthana literally means churning. One should churn the mind to constantly think of spiritual matters. Hence, here is my collection of quotes, questions, thoughts and reflections that I keep asking and reminding myself all the time.
What does it mean to be human?
Satisfy your need, not greed. We must learn to keep our desires in the limit. We must learn to utilize our knowledge and skills morally for meaningful purposes. Be a true human being by leading life like a Yajna! B.G. 3.11 states that, we must live in unison with nature for peaceful coexistence.
How to reach God?
Formula for reaching God (Bhagavad Gita):
mat-karma-kṛin mat-paramo mad-bhaktaḥ saṅga-varjitaḥ nirvairaḥ sarva-bhūteṣu yaḥ sa mām eti pāṇḍava /11–55/
- Do all your activities for His sake. karma-phala-tyaga.
- Make Him the Supreme goal of your life
- Practise devotion to Him (nama-kirtana, stuti, dhyana, archana, pranama)
- Be detached from all other entities, i.e. attachment only to Sri Krishna
- Don’t hate any creature (because:  your sins alone are responsible for your suffering and not the actions of others  all creatures are dependent on Him, just like you)
How do we use the rejuvenated energy for a more promising attitude and action?
We must regulate all our actions by carefully asking some basic questions such as:
- Do I need to buy this or am I being greedy?
- Am I using/buying something that is non-friendly to the environment?
- What am I running for – a more luxurious lifestyle or purposeful life?
- Am I sharing all the benefits that God has bestowed on us with others?
- Am I being supportive of all those who are less fortunate?
- Am I being thankful to God for life or always complaining about the troubles?