The Bhagavad Gita is one of the greatest spiritual books which contains 18 chapters and 701 shlokas in Sanskrit that is the part of Hindu epic Mahabharata. It’s an incomparable book which has answers to almost all problems that one can face in his life.
It is believed that during Mahabharata, when Pandava and Kaurava were about to fight the Dharma Yuddha, Arjuna felt weak seeing his relatives and friends in opposition. That time he was counseled by Lord Krishna to fulfill his Kshatriya duty as a warrior. Bhagavad-Gita describes the exact process by which one can set up an eternal relationship with God. Its teachings are still applicable and considered to be ultimate.
The book gave inspiration to many great leaders, saints, philosophers and ordinary people. Even people like Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein took lessons from it and applied those rules in their life. It shows a path to the lost people and wisdom to all. It encourages us to do our duties and not to turn our back upon them.
Here are some of my favorite life lessons from Bhagavad Gita that can help you to develop the necessary qualities and discipline.
Soul is Immortal
The soul is neither born nor does it die. It’s an incorporeal essence of a living being. A fearless soul has nothing to worry about, that’s why the fear of death is absurd. Don’t worry if your body is getting old, because one day everyone has to die. So, don’t pay attention for your outer body and live in the present. Work for your inner soul and its satisfaction. Do what your heart says and stay happy.
Change is the law of universe
Nothing is permanent. Even a rich person can be steeped in poverty. Never expect that what you have today will stay forever. People, surroundings, society, they all change with time. Yours-mine, rich-poor, big-small all these ideas are the sign of immaturity. Learn to accept changes in your life. This can help you to face any tough situation.
Being good is a reward itself
Suppose you work hard all day-night for exams, still don’t get good marks. What will you do? Will you try again next time or sit back and stop working. If expectations are not met, people start complaining. One of the wisest messages that Gita gives us is- ‘Karam karo, Phal ki chinta mat karo. We are so goal driven that we only think about the results. What we don’t understand is that results are not in our hand and it can’t be controlled. Worrying for outcomes only affect our performance which in turn can give a negative outcome.
We came empty handed, and will leave empty handed
Nothing in this world belongs to you or me. The whole Universe and everything that lies in between belongs to Almighty. We get so attached to material things that we don’t even understand that all these things will be left here. We won’t be taking them with us when we die. So, there is no use of doing evil things for them. We should be satisfied for what we have because we won’t be taking anything with us.
Anger causes delusion
Anger is one of the three main gates to hell other being greed and lust. It causes delusion, which is the mental condition where one is no longer cognisant of what actions to perform and what actions not to perform. One must try to stay calm and handle the situation while keeping the mind at peace.
Everything happens for a reason
Everything that happens, it happens for the good reason. Whatever is happening, it’s happening for the good. Whateverthat will happen, it will also happen for the good. There is a reason if you are facing a bad time and there is a reason if you are basking in glory. Don’t repent on past or worry about future. If things are not favourable, don’t worry, just be optimistic and have faith that God has planned everything for us. He’ll not let anything bad happen with us.
These were some of the teachings from Bhagavad Gita. Whenever you face any problem in your life and don’t find solution or feel stressed out, read it deeply. You’ll definitely find solution there. It will perfectly answer all the spiritual questions as well as illuminate all spiritual directions.