The 6 Biggest Lessons From The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important- if not the most important- Hindu text. Set in a time long ago, it details the epic battle between families, and the right way to look at duty, dharma, righteousness, and spirituality. These 6 lessons are the most important points taken from the Bhagavad Gita, and showcase the basic principles that caused the entire nation of India to fall in love with it.
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1) The body is temporary, but the soul is permanent
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna compares the body with a piece of cloth: that is, once it’s used, it’s discarded. This means a person should identify not with the body, but the real Self within. Just as worn out clothes are replaced by the new ones, the soul of a person acquires a new body. When we identify with the body instead of the spirit within, it leads to all kinds of problems.
2) Anger causes delusion
A person who cannot reason justly is destined to be doomed. As soon as anger takes over, a person loses their ability to think clearly. Anger is one of the fundamental cause of all sorts of failures in a person’s life. One must try to sidetrack anger while keeping the mind at peace.
3) Be temperate in everything, and avoid extremities in life
In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that a person is bound to fail in meditation if he does not strike a balance in his day to day activities. Eating too much or too less, for example, is not going to bring you any closer to God. Meditation can help a person find enlightenment, but he must eat and sleep well, work daily, and find time to enjoy recreational activities too.
4) Wisdom becomes inaccessible due to selfish attitude
Think of a mirror: when it gets covered up by dust, it’s useless. The same is true of wisdom. Selfish attitude obscures our ability to understand situations. A selfish person cannot perceive the truth as it is when tackling relationship issues. Whether a person wishes to gain material wealth, succeed in a profession, or acquire spiritual wisdom, giving up personal agendas is absolutely necessary to wade through doubts and disappointments.
5) The Supreme Being is always with you- always
Mere acceptance of this sublime truth can transform the life of a person: It is the Supreme Being which acts through every living being. Because a human being is only an instrument in the hands of God, regretting the past or fearing the future is pointless. Instead, it’s best to focus on the moment. The natural harmony of mind and soul is restored by recognizing the Divine.
6) Fear not
What is the greatest fear of humans? Death. Lord Krishna tells his friend and devotee Arjuna not to fear death at all.
Death is merely a transitional phase. Death can only come to something which is not permanent; that which is real can never die. Relationships, wealth and all other worldly objects are just temporary; they are tools to climb the ladder and realize our higher Self. It isn’t hard to imagine how beautiful life would be if we had no fear at all!
The Bhagavad Gita has been revered by truth-seekers of both the East and West, yet its deepest meaning, cloaked in allegory, has remained obscure. In God Talks With Arjuna, Paramahansa Yogananda offers a translation and commentary of unparalleled scope and vision.
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