'That by which one sees the one indestructible reality in all beings undivided in the divided, know that knowledge as SAATTVIKA'
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita (18.20)
In life, everything we do is driven by our morals, values and ideas. We are driven by a vision. We face life and its challenges step by step but morals and values should all be guided by a right vision. We may not know it or it might not be articulated by us, but we all have a vision. This vision determines our actions, behaviour and paves the way for our future. If the direction is faulty, life is miserable but when the vision is clear and higher, it adds meaning and purpose to our life. The more our vision is for the greater good, the higher the ability we get to work hard and the nobler is our cause.
There are three kinds of visions. Sattvika, Rajasika and Tamasika.
A person with a Tamasika vision gets attached to the materialistic world and considers it as the whole. He does not look beyond that world and aims for temporary happiness, understanding it to be permanent. One with a Rajasika vision differentiates between everything and everyone and only sees differences. He is unable to see commonality in all. This results in impulsive actions.
On the other hand, Sattvika vision is pure, holistic, noble and sees the Truth in all. It does not discriminate and puts selfless love and service above all. When someone puts service above self, his will to work, determination and devotion towards the cause increases multiple fold. He finds his happiness in others’ happiness.
Vision, in simple words, also refers to the way we see things, our perspective. It is said . We see the world as our vision is.
Our scriptures declare the world is nothing but the projection of our mind. Our mind is the cause of how we view the world. If our response is pessimistic, all we will see is negativity and experience sorrow. We will miss out on the opportunity to learn from our difficult experiences. If we are positive, even our worst experiences will teach us something new.
It is important that we have a vision which is good, noble and selfless. Such a vision allows us to see oneness and identify with all. It helps us to love easily and hate less. Selflessness is a state where we work and think of the larger good, without expectation from anyone. This is possible only where there is a common identification. If we feel the difference, there cannot be harmony. Be it our family, organisation where we are working or our nation. Unless there is that common goal of every-one’s happiness, there cannot be true happiness. Our own families are the best example to demonstrate this. When every family member is working for the welfare, support and happiness of other family members, there is a sense of collective joy and fulfilment. This is possible only because we identify with a sense of oneness with all family mem-bers. When we see ourselves in others and others in us, we serve them and work to make them happy, like our family and relatives. As the vision grows, it extends to our love for the country where we are able to relate to every citizen of the country. This only amplifies as our love grows and vision expands to include every living being.
People remain united due to such a vision. It upholds, sustains and connects everyone. It determines the life we lead. A noble life and vision will bring peace and contentment to us and to those around us. The Sattvika vision, put into action, brings eternal bliss. It is about knowing what is right and wrong and whether we should pursue an action or not, if it is our duty or not. Such a vision, despite obstacles, will not let us quit. It will make us work harder and with more devotion.
This applies to all organisations as well, small or big. Where the owner or management of the company has only looked for their own growth, the history of the corporate world has proved such organisations to be short lived. However, on the other hand, where the management or even a proprietary concern has a vision of a collective growth for every employee and the company, the performance and success of such an organisation is unparalleled. Such organisations function like extended families.
As a human being, it should be our goal to rise above. To go from Tamasika to Rajasika to Sattvika, where we rise above all differences and each one functions for the collective happiness of everyone, making this world more beautiful.