Doubt your doubts

In the Bhagwad Gita Lord Krishna says, ‘One who has his total affection on me, who is dependent on me, who is constantly devoted towards uniting with Me through the practice of Yoga, and who is free from doubts: I will now explain to you how such a person can know Me and My true form completely.’

Lord Krishna said this to Arjuna many times, ‘Just focus on Me alone, and not here and there’. Why did he say this repeatedly? It is because Arjuna was very dejected and troubled by his doubts. If we have any negative energy, then doubts come. Someone who is full of enthusiasm or energy does not get doubts. When there is lack of clarity, then doubts come.

Usually, we think it is the other way around - that one who receives knowledge is relieved from all his doubts. Here, there are two things. First, one who gains the knowledge is relieved from all doubts – this applies to the material world; it is limited.

The other is, one who is freed from doubts; meaning one whose Prana (subtle life force or energy) is very high, beco- mes capable of understanding knowledge at a deeper level. 

We often think that our doubts can be resolved by questions and answers. But it is actually not so. One pair of question and answer gives rise to ten other new questions, and then this chain of questions and answers continues endlessly, but the doubt does not go away.

The very reason we ask questions is to clear our doubts. But here, Lord Krishna is saying that only one who is freed from all doubts is capable of knowing (the truth).

Doubt means that your Prana has not blossomed fully; it has gotten stuck somewhere in the body. When you are full of Prana, all doubts automatically disappear.

That is why when you are very happy, there are no dou- bts in your mind. When you are deeply in love, no doubts arise in you. Doubt means that you partially believe something and you partially disbelieve it also. If you disbelieve something completely, or if you believe something completely, then you will not have any doubt at all. So a doubt arises when you both believe and disbelieve something.

Doubts are also always about something that is positive. If someone tells you, ‘I love you so much’, you say ‘Really?’ If someone tells you, ‘I hate you’, you never say, ‘Really?’. We doubt in the honesty of a person, but we never doubt someone’s dishonesty. You doubt your capabilities, but never doubt your weaknesses. When you’re happy, you ask, ‘Is this real? Am I dreaming?’ But when you're unhappy, you're so sure about your depression.

Doubt, within a limit, is a sign of intelligence. Beyond a limit, it is a disease. Only one whose doubts have disappeared can attain knowledge. View life intelligently because an intelligent person turns it around, and starts doubting the negative.

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