Lessons from Bhagavad Gita

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Life Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita: Krishna and Arjuna, Guru and Disciple  | Kripalu

What Is the Bhagavad Gita?

The Gita is the sixth book of the Mahabharata, one of India’s most famous epic poems. It’s unclear exactly when the Gita was composed—estimates vary widely, but a number of scholars suggest it was completed around 200 CE and then inserted into the larger work; many see it as the first fully realized yogic scripture. Curious though it may seem that such an ancient text from a foreign culture has been so enthusiastically received by Westerners, the Gita, like all truly great works of literature, can be read on many levels: metaphysical, moral, spiritual, and practical; hence its appeal.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading it, the Gita recounts a dialogue between Arjuna, one of five Pandava princes, and the Hindu deity Krishna, who in this epic serves as Arjuna’s charioteer. Arjuna and his brothers have been exiled from the kingdom of Kurukshetra for 13 years and cut off from their rightful heritage by another faction of the family; the Gita takes up their struggle to reclaim the throne, which requires that Arjuna wage war against his own kinsmen, bringing his considerable military skills to bear.

The story begins on the dusty plains of Kurukshetra, where Arjuna, a famed archer, is poised to fight. But he hesitates. He sees arrayed against him friends, teachers, and kin, and believes that to fight—and likely kill—these men would be to commit a grievous sin and could bring nothing good even if he were to win the kingdom back. Krishna chides him for his cowardice—Arjuna is from the warrior caste after all, and warriors are meant to fight—but then goes on to present a spiritual rationale for battling his enemies, one that encompasses a discussion of the karma, jnana and bhakti yogas, as well as the nature of divinity, humankind’s ultimate destiny, and the purpose of mortal life.

Three Big Lessons:-

1) Second Chapter(Content Of The Gita Summarized):– Which talks about the summer and winter season. This particular text says that the summer and winter season keeps coming and going every year . New seasons change and just because seasons change we never stop performing our duties. This text of Second Chapter tells us that we have to learn to tolerate the ups and downs, not be distracted from the main purpose like when we talk about tolerating failures and pains. We also have to learn to tolerate our success and the good times because both distract us .Usually we only look at the negative as distractions but even positive distracts us from what we are meant to be doing well. 

2) Sixth Chapter(Dhyana Yoga):- Talks about the mind being “friend or enemy” to you. It depends on how you deal with the mind. If you befriend your mind, the mind will become your friend and will empower you to do what you want to do. But if you do not deal with it  rightly then the mind will become your enemy and it will lead you to the downfall. 

Example:- You want to get up early in the morning to go for a jog,go for a workout, because you want to be fit. You know your days are busy and you decide this is going to be my plan for 2020. You set up the alarm clock to wake up early in the morning(Five or Six). When the alarm goes what’s the mind says the first thing to you- You Slept late night take it easy . If you have a mind which is constantly giving these kinds of reasons ,you’re not going to wake up . On the other hand if you learn to train your mind using the proper intellectual process , proper spiritual process, you mind can be a greatest asset is your friend which is mediation, good books, correct friends, the right kind of company , all these are inputs . so that your mind becomes a friend.

3) Twelve Chapter(Bhakti Yoga):- Talks about, how do we start looking at the presence of divinity everywhere in every aspect, we don’t have to necessarily go to a place of worship. To look at the presence of divinity in “nature, other people, or you can start looking at the splendor of the creator or the creator in creation precisely”. When you look at somebody who’s better than you and especially those in the same field, usually there is insecurity that he’s disguised doing better than you in what  you’re doing or there is jealousy sometimes it goes to the extent of sabotaging that other person’s work and it happens all the time. When you start looking at divinity in creation you start looking at how divinity is empowered somebody to do something in a special way that the person has been gifted by higher powers and to sabotage that person’s work or to be envious about the person or to be feel insecure means actually insulting somebody who’s given that gift, but if you look that person and derive inspiration from that person you can seek that inspiration to follow your aspiration.