Question: There are three valid ways for receiving knowledge: guru, sadhu and shastra. Are all three considered equal?
Answer: The real pramana is shastra and the other two have to conform to shastra. If they do not conform, then we cannot speak of a parampara. This is the difference between a parampara and a pantha like Kabira Pantha or Nanaka Pantha.
Answer: By influencing our mind in making decisions, giving good or bad desires, and by creating situations which are favorable or unfavorable.
Question: Is bhagya different from prarabdha?
Answer: Bhagya is another word for prarabdha.
Question: Specifically I would like need to know its effects on acquiring a formal academic education and the ability to earn money. I have not been able to complete my graduation due to financial constraints at that point of time and now I am facing difficulties. So I need to understand if it was my lack of purshartha to somehow pursue my graduation or it was never destined to happen.
Answer: I do not know the details but my guess is that it was prarabdha.
Question: What role does the present purshartha have on negating the ill effects of prarabdha, if at all it can be done?
Answer: According to prarabdha, you are in a specific and desire happen accordingly, as I said above. With good discrimination and determination it may be possible to reduce or eliminate the effect of prarabdha. It depends how powerful prarabdha is. Life is a combination of prarabdha and purusartha.
Question: What should be one’s state of mind in such a situation?
Answer: It is always to be positive in every situation and see everything as grace of God.
Question: Is there any authentic reference material where I can understand more of above.
Answer: At the top of my head I cannot think of any book. But I discuss some of this in my commentary on Hitopadesha.
Question: My current situation is very discomforting. But nevertheless I am too lazy to do something about it. Help me if you can to let me know how to overcome this problem – it may solve many of my life’s problems.
Answer: Utsaha, niscaya and dhirya – enthusiasm, determination and perseverance are the key to success.
You have to practice tolerance knowingly. That happens by having awareness. You have to also know that other people also have deficiencies as I have – they are not perfected beings so they cannot function exactly as I want them to. If we can keep these things in mind then we can remain more tolerant and composed, even in situations we can’t control.
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