By Komal Nadig
“Look at the thousands of people driving to work across the world on a Monday morning. How many of them look inspired, excited or enthusiastic? Their faces look like they are led to slaughter houses”, says Vedanta Guru Jaya Row to the enchanted crowd of around thousand people during her lecture on “Transforming thoughts into action” organised at Kamani Auditorium.
She gives an example of a chef at Taj to whom the very thought of work gives gooseflesh. “Such should be our zeal towards the work,” avers Row.
Row laid emphasis on quality of thought, action and how to connect the two. She feels action emnates from desire, which in turn comes from thought, which is due to deep inherited love called Vasana (unmanifested desire). Action is an important part of creativity. According to Vedanta, people are categorised on the basis of their actions – they are Tamas, Rajas, Sattva. A Tamasic person has no thinking and therefore performs random action, a rajasic person is selfish and therefore thinks of self preservation, feeds one’s ego and acts but for self. “When you cannot see beyond the boundaries of self you cannot be creative and thus only a sattvic person can be creative. A sattvic person is a visionary, has powerful thinking, effective action,” remarks Row.
Row adds that creativity lies in turning new ideas into realities. Creativity is the ability to see world in a new way to find hidden patterns but unfortunately we suffer from spiritual myopia because of which we cannot see the beautiful, grand world around us.
“We are so obsessed with our own self and ask petty questions like when will I get my next promotion, when will I get married. Most of us perform repetitive actions which are not backed by powerful emotional motivation or intellectual inspiration and hence our work becomes monotonous,” adds Row.
Row, the founder of Vedanta Vision, has been engaged in the study and research of Vedanta for almost three decades now. She has also conducted seminars in organizations such as World Economic Forum, Davos, Google, California, Shell, UK.