The Bhagavad Gita doesn’t need any introduction. The book that has attracted millions to its timeless teachings is considered the law book of mankind.
Many erstwhile scholars and philosophers found Gita as the foundation of all knowledge and wisdom.
As Herman Hesse said,
“The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life’s wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.”
Today, I would like to share my 5 key lessons from Gita:
1. Be Fearless
We all are engulfed by fear. Fear consumes us. We lose our original self in a fearful state.
pratyavāyo na vidyate
sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya
trāyate mahato bhayāt
“In this endeavour, there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.”
So the knowledge of Gita gives you freedom from fear.
2. The timeless lesson of Tolerance
What’s depression? When you consider the present tough and bad times are going to stay forever. We rather than tolerating the situation and going for action become completely overwhelmed by the situation.
mātrā-sparśās tu kaunteya
tāṁs titikṣasva bhārata
“O son of Kuntī, the nonpermanent appearance and disappearance of happiness and distress are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.”
If it’s night now means the day is around the corner. So, Tolerate and stay calm. Your time will come.
3. Focus on the action NOT the result
Why do we see ourselves as a failure even when we give it our 100%? If we don’t get the desired result we term it as a failure. That’s what we have been taught. Is it really so?
yoga-sthaḥ kuru karmāṇi
saṅgaṁ tyaktvā dhanañ-jaya
siddhy-asiddhyoḥ samo bhūtvā
samatvaṁ yoga ucyate
“Perform your duty equipoised, O Arjuna, abandoning all attachment to success or failure. Such equanimity is called yoga.”
We must do what’s in our control. Remember, the famous circle of influence and circle of concern concept by Stephen Covey.
4. Be a Go-Giver. Keep giving and sharing.
Ocean never gets empty when its water is evaporated. It keeps giving and sharing the very source of life on earth
patraṁ puṣpaṁ phalaṁ toyaṁ
yo me bhaktyā prayacchati
tad ahaṁ bhakty-upahṛtam
“If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, I will accept it.”
Remember, the best friend of a dying man is Charity. So give and forgive.
5. Beware of your worst Enemy. It’s within.
dvāraṁ nāśanam ātmanaḥ
kāmaḥ krodhas tathā lobhas
tasmād etat trayaṁ tyajet
“There are three gates leading to this hell – lust, anger and greed. Every sane man should give these up, for they lead to the degradation of the soul.”
Look within, introspect – We often hear these words. They caution us, don’t look outside for a solution or a root cause of a problem. Don’t get stuck in the blame game.
Remember self-destruction and self-development both begin from within.
Happy to hear from you on your lessons from the Bhagavad Gita.
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