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  Q  How does one overcome problems of external origin when they are not in our control? A  The world in which we function is a play of dvandvas, (opposites). There is pleasure and there is pain, there is joy and there is sorrow, there is honour and there is dishonour. At the same time, we have our own desires that we want to fulfil. When the world caters to our desires, we are happy. When it doesn’t we get agitated and stressed out.Our problems with the world arise primarily when the world does not cater to us. What we need to understand is that problems are an inherent part of the world. What is important is how we deal with the situation. We have the choice to let the world dictate terms to us, or for us to take control of our lives. There is nothing in the world that can affect us if we do not want it to. It is in these situations that our mental strength plays a big role.The fundamental principle to understand is that the origin of the problem is within us. Whatever problems we have with the world is because of our selfishness, expectations and attachments. There is nothing outside that can affect our internal balance if we understand the way of the world. So if we face problems in the world, it is a sign for us to introspect and look within ourselves. To identify where we could have gone wrong. Maybe [...]

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  Q  If the proportion of the gunas (sattva, rajas and tamas) determine the varnas (Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra), what is the simplest method to identify these traits in children at an early age so that they may be coached accordingly for a better future? A  Before we get into the answer to your question, let us first understand what the gunas are all about. Sattva is the state of selflessness and serenity. A sattvika person is one who has mastered himself or herself and has control over his or her desires. Such a person will perform obligatory duties selflessly. Sattvika people find satisfaction within themselves. They understand the transitory nature of the world and hence become independent of the world. Rajas is the state of selfishness, agitation, stress and strain. Such a person is obsessed with the fruit of action and will go to almost any extent to get what they want. Rajasika people are driven, compelled and pushed into frenzied activity by their desires. Rajasika persons are usually extroverted i.e. they are constantly looking out into the world for satisfaction. Tamas is the state of indolence, laziness and sloth. These people have tremendous desires but they lie dormant within them. They are too lazy to work to fulfil their desires. They will not even act for their own welfare. They achieve nothing.Every person is a combination of all three gunas in varying proportions.The varnas are structured in such a way that Brahmanas are predominantly sattvika with a [...]

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