Neuro-Based Decision Making Archetype in Bhagwad Gita

6 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2015

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Jyoti Satpathy

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies

B. Satpathy


Date Written: January 7, 2015


Mind can be one's friend or enemy. Mind is cause for both oppression and freedom. Mind is restless, forceful and strong. How can we have confidence in power of goodness to make things right? How can we choose between unclear alternatives to resolve dilemmas? Which came first; moral rules or virtues? A decision might start chain of events one never intended to happen. Approaches to decision making try to represent World as a step by step process/formula. One enters values and out comes the result. Tools address rational side, but how can we learn to listen to our intuition, our heart? Do practical guides exist, which can guide us on how to use our gut feeling, or follow our heart? One contribution is Bhagwad Gita, considered to be first revelations from God. Conscious mind is too calculative. It does not want to listen to intuition or gut instinct. It calculates possible permutations and combinations arising out of decision. Conscious mind wants explanation for everything. What about Bhagavad Gita? How can this spiritual text be pragmatic? Integration of primordial understanding of Bhagavad Gita with pragmatic teaching provides fresh approach to course of decision-making. In times of galloping change and global tectonics, people seek ideals and new paradigms. Paradoxically, it can be enlightening to peek at philosophies that have withstood test of time. As traditional definitions of success and power crumble and technology overtakes biorhythms, need for decisive action becomes greater. Bhagavad Gita is a source of guidance. This is important because decision making is about making a choice, about taking charge of life, about feeling in control of destiny and self-empowerment. A decision is a choice. This paper advocates that having a philosophy helps understand self and motives for making choice.

Keywords: Decision Making, Bhagavad Gita

Suggested Citation

Satpathy, Jyoti and Satpathy, B., Neuro-Based Decision Making Archetype in Bhagwad Gita (January 7, 2015). Available at SSRN:

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