This SECRET Was Kept By Monks - How To Achieve SELF MASTERY | Gauranga Das & Jay Shetty

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is about achieving self-mastery through controlling one's consciousness and perspective, as explained by Gauranga Das and Jay Shetty, with Das sharing his personal journey towards becoming a monk and finding answers in the Bhagavad-gita.

The video features a conversation between Gauranga Das and Jay Shetty about achieving self-mastery. Gauranga Das, a monk, shares his journey of how he decided to become a monk and how he found answers to life's important principles in the Bhagavad Gita. He emphasizes the importance of controlling one's consciousness and choosing different lenses to view situations and circumstances in life. By doing so, one can rise above problems and have a positive and enthusiastic outlook on life.

  • Changing our perspective can change our entire outlook on life.
  • Monks are often misunderstood and stereotyped.
  • Gauranga Das found answers in the Bhagavad-gita.
  • Controlling our consciousness is key to achieving self-mastery.
  • Das's personal journey to becoming a monk highlights the importance of seeking answers beyond the regular books and systems.
  • Gauranga Das chose to live with deeper meaning and purpose.
  • There are transformative moments in life.
  • A monk is one who can be fully engaged in productive activities which are a benefit to society but remains uncolored by any of that.
  • Self-mastery is about controlling one's consciousness and perspective.

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Introduction

  • Problems in life may not diminish, but our consciousness can rise above them.
  • Changing our perspective can change our entire outlook on life.
  • Monks are often misunderstood and stereotyped.
  • Gauranga Das is an educated monk with a unique background.
  • Das found answers in the Bhagavad-gita.
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Das's Journey to Becoming a Monk

  • Das did not initially plan to become a monk.
  • A friend's suicide attempt made him realize that life is more than just achievements.
  • Das was also intrigued by classmates who failed but remained unbothered.
  • He realized that there is more to life than external systems and technologies.
  • Das sought answers in books beyond the regular ones and found the Bhagavad-gita.
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The Importance of Controlling Consciousness

  • Circumstances are beyond our control, but we have unlimited control over our consciousness.
  • Problems in life may not diminish, but our consciousness can rise above them.
  • The Bhagavad-gita teaches that flexibility and agility in choosing different lenses can help us remain positive and enthusiastic in life.
  • Choosing the right lens can change our perspective on a situation.
  • The Bhagavad-gita describes in detail how to choose the right lens for a given circumstance.
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Conclusion

  • Controlling our consciousness is key to achieving self-mastery.
  • Changing our perspective can change our entire outlook on life.
  • The Bhagavad-gita offers guidance on how to control our consciousness and choose the right lens for a given circumstance.
  • Das's personal journey to becoming a monk highlights the importance of seeking answers beyond the regular books and systems.
  • Das's unique background challenges stereotypes about monks.
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Personal Journey Towards Becoming a Monk

  • Gauranga Das was drawn to ancient Vedic wisdom and started reading it.
  • He faced stress and anxiety in college due to societal pressure to become something he didn't want to be.
  • He was not sure whether he would be able to sustain the path of becoming a monk.
  • An accident on the highway transformed his perspective and gave him the conviction to sustain his determination.
  • He decided to use every breath as a second chance to spread the message that benefited him.
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Making Tough Decisions

  • Everyone has to make choices in life where people around them may not agree.
  • Gauranga Das faced the tough decision of becoming a monk.
  • He was not very sure whether he was making the right decision.
  • He decided to use the second chance given to him to do something great and serve others.
  • There are moments of hopelessness where a small window of hope opens up and everything is seen from a different perspective.
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Choosing to Live with Deeper Meaning and Purpose

  • We all get choices in life where we have to decide whether we want to live unconsciously or with deeper meaning and purpose.
  • Gauranga Das chose to live with deeper meaning and purpose.
  • He led the development of an eco-village and spearheaded incredible work with the community in Mumbai.
  • He has affected thousands and millions of lives.
  • He has lived up to his decision to use every breath as a second chance to spread the message that benefited him.
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Transformative Moments in Life

  • We all have transformative moments in life.
  • Gauranga Das had a transformative moment when he survived an accident on the highway.
  • He saw his whole body filled with blood and realized that even an inch here or there would have been the end of his life.
  • He decided to use the second chance given to him to do something great and serve others.
  • There are moments of hopelessness where a small window of hope opens up and everything is seen from a different perspective.
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Meaning of Monkhood in Different Traditions

  • The word "monk" in the Christian tradition comes from the Latin word "monchos" which means solitude.
  • In the Buddhist tradition, monks are known as "bhikkhu" or "bikshu" which means one who is able to see and perceive danger.
  • In the Hindu tradition, monks are known as "sannyasis" which means one who is dedicating himself to completely uproot all the negativities and negative desires from within.
  • Another word in Sanskrit for monk is "vairagi" which means without attachment or without color.
  • A monk is one who can be fully engaged in productive activities which are a benefit to society but remains uncolored by any of that.
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Core Principles in the Renounced Order

  • Absorption is one of the core principles in the renounced order.
  • Absorption has two important elements: intention and action.
  • The two elements of intention and action are towards selfless service, tireless service, and pleasing selflessly.
  • Monkhood is all about how we can selflessly please others and how we can tirelessly serve others.
  • The combination of this intention of selfless pleasing and tireless service is what makes a monk.
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Self-Mastery through Controlling Consciousness and Perspective

  • Self-mastery is about controlling one's consciousness and perspective.
  • It is about understanding that we are not our thoughts or emotions.
  • It is about being aware of our thoughts and emotions and not letting them control us.
  • It is about being able to choose our thoughts and emotions and not reacting to them.
  • It is about being able to see things from different perspectives and not being attached to any one perspective.
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Personal Journey towards Becoming a Monk

  • Gauranga Das shares his personal journey towards becoming a monk.
  • He talks about how he was searching for answers and found them in the Bhagavad-gita.
  • He talks about how he had to let go of his attachments and desires to become a monk.
  • He talks about how becoming a monk is not about giving up everything, but about using one's talents and gifts to serve the world.
  • He talks about how being a monk is about self-mastery and controlling one's consciousness and perspective.
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Principles of Self-Mastery

  • Self-mastery involves controlling one's consciousness and perspective.
  • It requires tireless serving and total absorption.
  • Compassion expands as one includes everyone else within that expanding circle of compassion.
  • Self-mastery leads to peace and harmony.
  • Living in solitude is not the only way to achieve self-mastery; anyone can cultivate the mindset of a monk.
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Thinking Like a Monk

  • The Bhagavad-gita describes four principles that are important to follow in remaining grounded in life.
  • The first principle is tolerating our urges, such as the urge to consume.
  • The second principle is tolerating various dualities that come in our life and remaining humble.
  • The third principle is tolerating the urge to convince others of our opinions.
  • The fourth principle is resisting the urge to compete with others.
  • By elevating one's consciousness above these urges, one can rise above anxiety and serve society to the best of their ability.
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Personal Journey Towards Self-Mastery

  • Gauranga Das shares his personal journey towards becoming a monk and finding answers in the Bhagavad-gita.
  • He explains the different traditions of monks and their definitions.
  • He emphasizes the importance of tireless serving and total absorption in achieving self-mastery.
  • He believes that anyone can cultivate the mindset of a monk and achieve self-mastery.
  • He admires the ability of monks to serve and live in solitude.
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Relevance of Self-Mastery in Modern World

  • Self-mastery is relevant in the modern world because it leads to a peaceful and purposeful life.
  • Anyone can cultivate the mindset of a monk and achieve self-mastery.
  • The principles of self-mastery, such as tolerating urges and resisting the urge to compete, can help people in their daily lives.
  • Self-mastery leads to a sense of purpose and the ability to serve others.
  • Living in solitude is not necessary to achieve self-mastery; one can achieve it while living in society.
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The Importance of Managing Oneself

  • Every day, 371 people in India commit suicide and 300 million people across the world experience mental health disorders.
  • 18 billion cigarettes are smoked every day, and 1 billion people across the world are addicted to cigarette smoking and unable to give up.
  • The Bhagavad-gita focuses on managing oneself first and then managing others.
  • When people cannot control their urges to consume, control, convince, or compete, they land up in difficulties and challenges.
  • Issues related to family, emotions, and personal life have a major role to play in our overall experience as individuals and in our contribution to society.
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The Importance of Instilling Values

  • There may not be much focus on instilling values in individuals and institutions as families, but if we do not focus and emphasize and invest in something, we will lose it.
  • It is important to realize which way we are going as a society and how much these values are crucial and critical for self-conservation and conserving relationships in society.
  • Conserving mental health and sanity in society is also important.
  • It is not irrelevant to think about these values just because we cannot connect a dollar value to them.
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The Misconception of Freedom

  • We live in a world that believes chasing the satisfaction of our urges is freedom and that real success is following our urges.
  • The Bhagavad-gita suggests that we actually gain real freedom when we don't feel the need to chase our urges.
  • Self-control is often seen as negative and restrictive, but we are actually imprisoned by our desires.
  • Controlling our urges is the beginning of the step-by-step process of creating self-control.
  • Freedom comes from controlling our urges, as the Gita says.
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The Journey Towards Self-Mastery

  • Gauranga Das shares his personal journey towards becoming a monk and finding answers in the Bhagavad-gita.
  • He explains that self-mastery is achieved through controlling one's consciousness and perspective.
  • One must learn to control the mind and senses to achieve self-mastery.
  • Self-mastery is not about suppressing desires but about channeling them in the right direction.
  • It is important to have a spiritual practice to achieve self-mastery.
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The Importance of Discipline

  • Freedom from base desires comes from controlling the mind and following a strict discipline.
  • Regulative principles of freedom enable us to follow a certain regimen.
  • Discipline is not limiting but facilitating.
  • Discipline enables us to experience greater freedom.
  • The Bhagavad-gita talks about the art of self-control and mind control.
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