Being ready to be taught

The timeless classic, Bhagavad Gita, is a great handbook to guide one in Dharma.

When Arjuna expresses doubt and concern about fighting the righteous war against his cousins, he is wisely counseled by Krishna.

In verse 2.7, Arjuna realizes the magnitude of his doubt and begins to turn to Krishna for counsel.

kārpaṇya-doṣhopahata-svabhāvaḥ
pṛichchhāmi tvāṁ dharma-sammūḍha-chetāḥ
yach-chhreyaḥ syānniśhchitaṁ brūhi tanme
śhiṣhyaste ’haṁ śhādhi māṁ tvāṁ prapannam

This can be roughly translated to:

I am confused about my duty, and am besieged with anxiety and faintheartedness. I am your disciple, and am surrendered to you. Please instruct me for certain what is best for me.

– Bhagavad Gita 2.7

There is a saying that “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”. In the above verse, Arjuna indicates clearly that he is ready to be instructed by the master Krishna.

This idea definitely is valid in most walks of life when it comes to learning something about one’s trade or any other topic of interest.

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Grappling with new concepts by teaching them

Often, when one is grappling with new concepts and fields of study, it is often very helpful to try to teach these concepts to others as a good mental exercise.

If one writes a blog post or creates a YouTube video to “teach” these new concepts to others, it almost always helps in the learning process.