Bhagwad Gita is the foundation of Hinduism. It is the holy book to which every Indian swears.

मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि॥

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।

It is a very famous Shloka from Bhagwad Gita on karma. It says- you have the right only on your actions, never on the fruits of your actions… so don’t do your actions for the sake of results. Your right lies only in performing your duties, never in the fruits. Therefore, do not become the cause of the results of your actions and do not be attached to your inaction.

Lord  Krishna and Arjuna
Lord Krishna and Arjuna in Kurukshetra

Namaste!

Welcome to the world of divine readings at www.onindianpath.com. I am going to share my thoughts and opinions on Bhagwad Gita in today’s blog.

Introduction

Although, Hinduism is a widely followed religion with a history of more than 4,000 years. It is the third-largest religion in the world after Christianity and Islam. Additionally, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are the foundational stones of Sanatana Dharma. The Bhagwad Gita is a powerful guide and mentor for all Sanatanis to live virtuously and truthfully.

What is Bhagwad Gita?

Bhagwad Gita is one of the sacred and pious holy books of Hinduism. It comprises 18 chapters and 700 shlokas. During the Mahabharata, when Arjuna was confused and saddened about fighting his cousins on the battlefield, he wanted to back out. Lord Krishna resolved his dilemma with shlokas from the Bhagwad Gita.

Hence, it is the conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna about life, death, actions, consequences, relationships and family. Certainly, Bhagwad Gita revolves around five elements :

Pramatma (supreme god)

a) Jeev (Human)

b) Kaal (Time)

c) Karma (Actions)

Moreover, the Gita states that Pramatma is supreme God, looking after the whole universe. We are jeev and live in materialistic world where the situations keep on changing with change in Kaal (time). Further, our Karma should be austere, clean, truthful, dutiful and merciful as per Dharma.

What are the five lessons of Bhagwad Gita?

Given are the five life lessons one must learn from Bhagwad Gita.

Karma (action) without Expecting Phal (result)

Firstly, Bhagwad Gita regards Dharma as the prime objective of the life of Jeev (human being). I have discussed the duties and responsibilities of an individual in my previous blog on Stages of hinduism.

Furthermore, it says that a person should always abide by the duties and laws of Dharma to fulfill his responsibilities truly and faithfully. And, one should not be concern about the Phal(result) of the actions.

Do you know that performing your deeds without getting attached to the results inclines you to become a better person spiritually and mentally? With this approach, we can be 100% focused and disciplined towards our aim.

Thus, to keep you growing spiritually and emotionally, you should perform your duties with full dedication without any attachment.

The Immortal Soul

West always believe that we live only for once. While we Sanatana Dharma followers believe in reincarnation and rebirth.

Certainly, Lord Krishna apprise Arjuna that the soul is immortal. It keeps on changing the body (at the time of death) as we change our clothes after taking bath. But the soul never die, never burns out, never grows old and never it die or born. Subsequently, it is deathless and everlasting.

Self-realisation

Not only Karma, Gita also teaches us about consciousness. Further, the lessons and verses introduces various paths of yoga :

a) Karma Yoga (the path of selfless action)

b) Bhakti Yoga (the path of devotion)

c) Jnana Yoga (the path of knowledge) to us.

I will be covering these insights in upcoming blogs, delving into the various paths to attain self-realization and connect with the divine. Additionally, the Gita guides us through different avenues to achieve self-realization, helping us recognize the profound purpose of our existence on the Earth.

Balancing Mind and Controlling Anger

However, the teachings from the Gita does not stop here. It also adheres to need of balancing the mind in the time of contemporary competition. You know, phases of success and failure, pleasure and pain, happiness and sadness do hamper our peace of mind.

Eventually, Bhagwad Gita cultivates our balanced mind by navigating life’s challenges with resilience and inner strength. It teaches us to control and evaluate our anger.

Similarly we all know how anger destroys our own peace of mind and thus, results in loss of intellect, poor management and bad memory.

True Equality of All The Living Beings

Infact the Gita emphasizes that we should live with equanimity, love, compassion and kindness for other living beings. Every living being is connected and interconnected to each other by conscious and sub-conciousness.

Meanwhile, the Gita upholds the principle of performing actions selflessly, advocating for a mindset free from expectations regarding the outcomes. It encourages undertaking actions with compassion, fostering inner peace and a focus on the present moment.

Indeed these teachings encourages a sense of universal brotherhood and compassion, promoting harmony and understanding among individuals and communities.

Conclusion

So, these are the crux of the Bhagwad Gita, distilled into five life-changing lessons that deeply affected me. Although I started reading the Bhagavad Gita at a very young age, that time was filled with confusion for me. After many readings and analyses, I refined my opinions. As I grew older, my reading evolved into interpretation, and subsequent explanations transformed my confusion into a profound conclusion. I hope you have learned well from the blog. Have a happy time ahead.

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