The Bhagavad Gita: Our Life Manual

The Gita was spoken by Shri Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra 5,000 years ago. It is a conversation between Krishna and Arjuna which is beneficial for all of us.
The Bhagavad Gita: Our Life Manual (representational image - Wikimedia)
The Bhagavad Gita: Our Life Manual (representational image - Wikimedia)

Introduction

The Gita was spoken by Shri Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra 5,000 years ago. It is a conversation between Krishna and Arjuna which is beneficial for all of us. It contains a total of 18 chapters and 700 verses.

Importance of Gita in our everyday lives:

  • The Bhagavad Gita connects us to our roots and gives us exposure to our rich culture and tradition.

  • Gita, if read and completely understood, can guide us in our tough times.

  • We understand the reality of life and the reason for our sufferings along with solutions.

  • Gita contains 18 Adhyays and each chapter unveils the secrets of leading a happy and spiritual life.

  • Gita is a life manual which instructs us on how to do our duties and focus on higher purposes of life while tolerating unfavourable situations.

  • The one who created the entire world and owns everything on it can only instruct us on how to live this life properly.

  • We rejoice when we succeed but we don’t know to handle failures. We celebrate the best events of our lives but get depressed when the situations are turned against our expectations.

Gita teaches us how to remain stable in our day-to-day life while fulfilling the real purpose of our life.

We rejoice when we succeed but we don’t know to handle failures. We celebrate the best events of our lives but get depressed when the situations are turned against our expectations (representational image - Wikimedia)
We rejoice when we succeed but we don’t know to handle failures. We celebrate the best events of our lives but get depressed when the situations are turned against our expectations (representational image - Wikimedia)

My Personal Experience:

Gita has personally benefited me a lot. It was spoken 5,000 years ago by Lord Krishna yet it is capable of providing solutions to any of our problems even now.

I am Providing a few of my difficulties along with the solutions that I got from Gita:

Q

I always feel trapped in tough situations. What should be my attitude during such times?

A

Distress and happiness are transient emotions (means non-permanent) that come and go like winter and summer. We must develop the ability to accept them without becoming upset.

Q

How to deal with examination stress?

A

We should perform actions as a matter of duty. Instead of focusing on the results, we should focus on our efforts. Contemplating results while studying creates unnecessary fears. By working without attachment to the fruits of our duties, one attains the Supreme.

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Q

How to be hopeful in life?

A

Everything that has occurred, is occurring, and will occur in the future has been and will continue to be for the best.

Q

Do we own our relationships/wealth etc.?

A

We entered this planet with nothing, and we will leave it with nothing. All of our assets, connections, positions, respect, and valuables will be left here.

The Gita was spoken by Shri Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra 5,000 years ago. It is a conversation between Krishna and Arjuna which is beneficial for all of us. It contains a total of 18 chapters and 700 verses (representational image - Wikimedia)
The Gita was spoken by Shri Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra 5,000 years ago. It is a conversation between Krishna and Arjuna which is beneficial for all of us. It contains a total of 18 chapters and 700 verses (representational image - Wikimedia)
Q

How to overcome anxiety related to career, job promotions and fame?

A

The hunger for sensual pleasure is fed by the form of passion. It encourages attachment to material possessions as well. Such people become preoccupied with worldly pursuits of status, reputation, work, family, and home. They view these as enjoyable experiences, which inspire them to engage in strenuous activities. In this way, the mode of passion fuels the development of more desires, which in turn fuels the mode of passion. This entangles the soul in the material world. Owners of bicycles believe that owning a scooter will make them happier, while owners of scooters look to owning a car for happiness. Car owners believe that a larger vehicle will make them happier, while owners of luxury vehicles believe that a private aircraft will do the same. All of us are driven to chase the proverbial mirage in the desert by the delusion that happiness may be found in worldly possessions. Happiness is not in these objects. Real happiness is experienced by growing from within. If we can understand this point, then rather than running around for external enhancement, we will give a priority to internal growth. We should focus only on our efforts rather than results. Attachment to the results is the reason behind stress.

Q

What habits should we avoid doing for our wellbeing?

A

People who are affected by Tama guna enjoy sleeping, being lazy, getting drunk, using violence, and gambling. They become incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong, and they don’t think twice about acting immorally to satisfy their desires. As their responsibility becomes burdensome to them, they neglect it. We should work on ourselves & try to eliminate such wrong habits

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