Be Total – In Gita Verse 1.46 Sañjaya said: Arjuna, having thus spoken on the battleﬁeld, cast aside his bow and arrows and sat down on the chariot, his mind overwhelmed with grief.
Sanjaya told Dhritarashtra, Arjuna by saying all regarding his unconsciousness, keeping aside his bow and arrow, sat in his chariot with full grief.
Persons like Arjuna when knowing that right now he is totally unconscious as part of the army and also as an individual who is fighting this war will be representing the universe. It’s good to keep aside the weapon and come back to consciousness rather than to start the war in unconsciousness.
His grief was mentioned as overwhelmed means total, overflowing. When we are total in anything, it allows us to drop. Like fruits when they are ripped they drop on their own. Similarly when we are total, even our unconsciousness will drop.
There is an intricate relationship between an act and the end result. We always want to have a perfect result for whatever we do, without losing ourselves in the act. Is such an act possible? To understand the fine difference, it is important to examine ‘perfection’ and ‘totality’. Although for many people, perfection is the ultimate goal, it is nothing less than illusion or myth; something which is nonexistent. We are attracted by the very idea of perfection, not realising that it is like a disease which is dangerous and destructive. If not for our obsession with perfection, our action could open the door to a beautiful spiritual journey.
Whatever you do, just pour your heart in it, do it with totality. The Bhagavad Gita says that karma is enjoyable if the heart is involved in it. Then there is no karma and kerta; both melt and become one. That is totality. Perfection is myth, while totality is reality.
Perfection is a goal somewhere in the future while totality is an experience at this very moment, in which your act is transformed into meditation and a beautiful prayer descends in your heart. In fact, there is no future reference or goal for totality; only a routine lifestyle albeit soaked in spiritual fragrance.
If you do any work or any act with your whole heart, then you are total, then you are walking on the same path which Kabir and Ravidas chose.
The whole idea is to ‘be total’ in everything that you are doing. It doesn’t matter what you do, whether you are making clothes like Kabir or shoes like Ravidas, or cooking food or working on a new design for the most advanced spacecraft, or cleaning the floor. The job is immaterial. The focus is that doing is with totality, which is the only way to transform the act into meditation and to transform the doing into a beautiful prayer.
To be total in your work is a totally different thing. To be total in your work is not an addiction, it is a kind of meditation. When you are totally in your work, your work has a possibility of perfection, you will have joy arising out of a perfect work.
If you can be perfect and total in work, you can be total in no-work – just sitting silently, totally silent. You know how to be total. You can close your eyes and you can be totally in. You know the secret of being total.
So to be total in work is helpful in meditation. The workaholic cannot meditate, he cannot sit silently even for a few minutes. He will fidget, he will change his position, he will do something or other – look into this pocket or that pocket, and he knows that there is nothing in those pockets. He will take out his glasses, clean them, put them away, and he knows they are clean.
Arjuna practised totality throughout his life. So in this moment of unconsciousness he was total and realised that it’s better to put my arms aside and regain my consciousness before the start of the war.Tags: Be Total