Circle of Life

Imagine a infinitely huge flat disc spinning at an arbitrary speed. Let, at various angles, one experience various things like heat, pleasure, violence, and so on. At the opposite end, let one experience the counterparts, i.e,  cold, pain, non-violence etc.

As one is closer to the center, faster does one travel through these dualities. As one moves farther, one resides in a particular state for a longer duration. Mankind has defined progress by it’s distance from the center. But no matter how far it goes, it is still spinning in that disk going through the whole range of experiences again and again. Just the speed at which it experiences these might vary.

In order to experience equanimity, one has two options. Either get out of this disc, and be a silent observer from the outside. Else, try to be at the very center of the wheel, which does not experience this circular motion.

Probably, the Karma-Yoga in the Gita, has to do with staying at the center, thus, being a part of the system, but not swaying under it’s influence.

My Re 0.02 based on my understanding of Gita. Comments, further explanations are most welcome.

PS: Happy New Year 2009!


About gautshen

A jack of many trades of which , Linux Kernel Programming puts food on the table. Also pursuing his PhD in the area Theoretical Computer Science at the Chennai Mathematical Institute. Is an avid reader interested in the Hindu traditions and philosophy. Loves Bicycling and Good Music. Name is Ranjal Gautham Shenoy.
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6 Responses to Circle of Life

  1. Bharata says:

    Nice analogy.

    I guess both the options (being outside or inside the system) are equally difficult. Capability wise, one needs to be equally “equipped” to be successful in either path, I would think.

  2. ego says:

    True… And that capability is probably acquired by constant practice, both for being inside and outside the system.

  3. Pranav says:

    This reminds me of another analogy in the Gita. Its says “A person should be like a leaf floating on water. completely wet on one side and completely dry on the other”.

    Can I know the interpreter of The Gita that you are reading. I wanted to read it, but could not decide on which one to buy.

  4. Pranav says:

    In the previous comment wet refers to being involved in the worldly things and dry refers to being an observer completely out of the system.

  5. vijay says:

    Good Analogy..
    But I have always wondered how I can stay out of this system and watch it without getting affected.

  6. ego says:

    I am reading Shankaracharya’s Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. So, it’s from a Advaita POV.

    Also, regarding the lotus leaf analogy, I think it went something like “Just like how a lotus leaf, despite being in water, does allow water to stick to it, similarly man must do his karma in this fruitful world without being attached to the fruits.”

    Earlier, people used to take up sanyasa and go to lonely places to reflect on life and it’s nature. But seriously, it’s not the only path 🙂

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