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100 roadblocks

india Updated: Nov 24, 2009 00:34 IST

100 Roadblocks — Unlocked through the Words of Lord Krishna, is a book that attempts to make one see one’s follies. It says the root cause of all the problems that mankind suffers from is due to lack of proper spiritual knowledge.

The book, authored by Ajit Kumar Bishnoi and Anil Kumar Jha, identifies 100 problems that afflict mankind and then tries to give solutions as given in the Bhagawad Gita, through Lord Krishna.

The authors give their solution through appropriate stories for each issue. And the topics discussed, among others, are arrogance, cowardice, ego, greed, hatred, illusion, jealousy, lust, obstinacy, partiality, selfishness and superstition.

Take, for instance, the problem of illusion that most of us suffer from. A story is told of a Bollywood actor whose only aim in life was to be a ‘hero’.

He amassed wealth enough to turn himself into a producer so that he could become the hero with young girls as heroines. He never came to terms with the reality. No need to say, he had nothing but disappointments in life.

How to come out of this problem? First of all, one must know what causes illusion.

The authors give 10 reasons: lack of spiritual knowledge, poor training during childhood, attachment, lust, faulty goals, bad company, lack of proper guidance, absence of spiritual consciousness and improper desires and jealousy.

Once one knows what causes illusion, the remedies stand out clear.

The authors give a 10-point solution too.

One such solution says one should read and understand the Gita and should practise it in day-to-day life.
The Gita, the authors say, could be a one-point solution centre. “We have cited many verses of the Gita that give solutions to various problems.”

Once one thoroughly understands the Gita, one can hope to walk on the spiritual path provided one controls one's mind with strong willpower and keeps away from the itch to progress in the external world.

One’s aim should be clear and pointed towards an inward journey that leads to ultimate realisation.