Mind quiet, with no desires, without blemish

The Yogi is absolute reality and in bliss  6.27

 In line with the Self , free of blemish

The Yogi is in eternal truth with bliss  6.28

 Self is in all beings and all beings are in the Self

To him who sees everything as equal in himself  6.29

 He who sees me in all and sees all in me

I hold him forever and he holds me  6.30

 He who seeks me, who is in everything and unites with me

Whatever his life may be, he lives in me  6.31

 He who feels in others what he feels within

Pain or joy, he is in union  6.32

I acknowledge this picture from the Net.

Our society is obsessed with intelligence that can be measured. From early childhood, we are measured on our intelligence. In several Asian countries, intelligence tests decide the destiny of children at as young an age as 8. Children not deemed to be intelligent are given second class education as befits their low IQ. Isn’t this how the Nazis decided who should live?

This is despite the fact Howard Gardner, Daniel Goleman and others have established decades ago that IQ tests do not determine the ‘intelligence’ of anyone, a child or an adult. Multiple Intelligence template of Gardner shows clearly that there are several intelligences possible, such as logical, visual, kinesthetic, interpersonal, musical and so on. Goleman  developed on the theme of interpersonal intelligence to show that our relationship with others in society is more important than logical intelligence measured by IQ tests. He established and  the business world concurs that even in the hard-core, left brained, analytical corporate world, one’s emotional intelligence leads to success, not logical intelligence.

Yet, every self-respecting University in the world uses these tests, proven as inadequate, as essential admission criterion. How can we evolve?

Goleman’s EQ model  had self-awareness as its centerpiece. Self-awareness and based on this awareness, self management in terms of one’s behavior with society at large  established one’s EQ and consequently determined one ‘s success. Empathy with others, treating others the same way as you would yourself, leads to not merely happiness within, but as well material success if Goleman and others in management consultancy are to be believed.

Krishna’s advice to Arjuna here, in the form of what a person well versed in Yoga does, is all about emotional intelligence. I would go a step further and call it spiritual intelligence.

Seeing oneself in others and seeing everything around in oneself, say Krishna, defines a Yogi. People close to Ramana Maharishi used to talk about how he felt the pain of even the animals around him. His compassion to monkeys, dogs, cows and other animals in his ashram was legendary. He suffered their pain and rejoiced in their happiness. His own lack of concern about his cancer, and the pain that went with it, is also well documented. ‘I am merely wearing this body.  Where is the question of any pain?’ he used to say. Yet, his body, or whatever went with it, felt the pain of others.

Perhaps that’s why Ramana lived in Brahman, the eternal absolute truth and the bliss that went with it.

How can we be Ramanas?

Perhaps in an absolute sense,  and in comparison with Ramana, with great difficulty.  However, every one of us can move up the Emotional and Spiritual Quotient factor by treating others as we would like to be treated. Slowly but surely, we move towards that Krishna, the absolute truth.