Bhagavad Gita in Daily Life

Lord Krishna shows His universal form to Arjuna

The Bhagavad Gita contains the divine teachings directly emanating from Lord Krishna. The epics and puranas have sung the glory of the Gita. As a scripture, the Gita embodies the supreme spiritual mystery and it contains the essence of all the Vedas. The Gita is an epitome of all the scriptures and the very store-house of all scriptural knowledge. The Gita is an unfathomable ocean of wisdom.

We should not think about how big or small we can really make things. All this is materialistic and engages people in tensions and greedy activities. It makes one profit oriented. Thinking on the lines of yours or mine also does the same. Throughout life we make and collect things for ourselves. This really doesn’t make a difference when we leave this world. We are all turned into ashes after death.

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the greatest religious spiritual books. Considered to be a doctrine of universal truth, it has long been influencing people not only in India but also overseas. As sage Veda Vyasa is known for writing the Mahabharata, Gita being a part of it is also ascribed to him.

In the epic Mahabharata, when cousin brothers, the Pandavas and Kauravas are about to fight amongst themselves for the throne of Hastinapura, the Pandava prince Arjuna feels weak in the battleground when he sees his relatives, teachers and friends in the opposition. When the supreme personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna sees him losing strength and willingness to fight, He gives him what is known as “Gita Gyan”.

Hundreds of thousands of readers are impressed by the greatness of Gita-philosophy. But they are unable to practice its teachings since they have no capacity to rise above their mundane limits. Various interpretations rendered on Gita by great spiritual masters, no doubt, provide valuable guidance to humanity. But in modern times when science and technology have taken control of everything, a pragmatic approach to Gita-philosophy will provide another dimension to its social relevance.

Admitting that the Gita is a gospel, it can also be used for worldly purposes to build up a sound and healthy social order. Outwardly it may look like a nonspiritual materialistic approach but in reality it would become an applied philosophy, the application of spiritual ideas to pragmatic use.

Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita are still applicable, even after about 5000 years after it was spoken. These teachings are considered to be ultimate. It encompasses each and every aspect of life. One surely can lead a peaceful life if the teachings of Bhagavad Gita are followed. I personally have derived a lot of meaning from the teachings of Bhagavad Gita.

In understanding the supreme ends of life in the prevalent socio-economic scenario all over the world one can avail the guidance from Gita. The Lord declares, "Whenever evil triumphs over the good and hold of righteousness declines, I manifest Myself to establish the kingdom of truth." Today’s world is full of tragedies mostly facing the problems of decadence through violence, cruelty, unemployment, over-population, exploitation of nature, exploitation of natural resources, environmental degradation, hunger, ignorance, hatred, quarrels, deaths, etc.

In what way Gita can come to our rescue in such turmoil? Keeping its metaphysical and spiritual conclusions aside for the exclusive benefit of the spiritual aspirants who will always be small in number, the remaining vast population all over the world can have a plunge into its nectar-like thoughts about life and all that is related to life to correct man-made ills of the modern century.

In his pursuit of happiness, the modern man remains discontented in today’s world of consumerist culture built upon the philosophy of self-aggrandizement. All the social ills witnessed today have arisen out of mindless pursuits of selfish material gains.

Bhagavad Gita talks a lot about meditation and its importance. Meditation is considered extremely helpful for inner peace and sadhana. Moreover, a person who thinks about making money all the time cannot really engage in meditation. When a person’s mind is not stable and he or she thinks only about money, then meditation would be a failed effort for such a person.

Desires come and go, but you should remain a dispassionate witness, simply watching and enjoying the show. Everyone experiences desires but one should not be moved by them. They should not bother a person. People sometimes undertake really evil actions because of their desires. So one should not come under the chain of desires.

Whatever we do in the course of our lifetime should be dedicated to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This will always result in giving us peace and satisfaction. One should consider remembering Krishna during their actions. This makes us feel that God would be there with us and our actions would turn out to be positive.

We came to this world empty handed. We have made everything over here, be it relations, money, love or respect. We cannot take anything with us when we die. Everything would be left over here. So we should not really do evil things when it comes to the question of our respect. Nor should we be really concerned about making as much money as possible. We should be satisfied with what we have as everything would be left over here in this material world, we won’t be able to take anything with us.

Our soul never dies. Even after our death, it exists. It is immortal. It just changes bodies after the death of a person. Moreover, our body is made up of Agni (fire), Jal (water), Vayu (wind), Prithvi (earth) and it combines with them after death. So we should not pay a lot of attention towards our outer body, but instead should work for the inner soul, its satisfaction.

When we work for getting fruits or the result from a particular action, we can’t really be our best at it. It also gives us a lot of worries about the result. We may also feel disheartened if our task or action does not yield good output. Therefore, just doing our work without really thinking about its result should be our motive.

These are some of the major teachings of Bhagavad Gita. Adhere to them if you really want to achieve peace and inner satisfaction in your life. It is very aptly written and calls for selfless action.

Some of the great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi adhered to Bhagavad Gita. He popularized concepts such as nonviolence based on the teachings of Gita.

Bhagavad Gita has been an inspiration for many. It very simply tells us about the truth of life which otherwise is not possible for us to know. The Bhagavad Gita can surely do wonders.

CONCLUSION:

Gita’s ethics is universal in nature and needs to be applied to any situation in life. It is a message addressed to each and every human being to help him or her to solve the problem of overcoming all shortcomings. The Gita stands as a culminating point in the evolution of spiritual thoughts and has become a perennial source of philosophical ideas.

I consult the Gita whenever I face a problem and cannot really find its solution. Its teachings have never disappointed me. Whether old or young, everyone has their own meanings and teachings to derive from this classic. Today’s world all over and especially in India, the very land of its creation, the socio-economic and socio-political life has become full of misdeeds and corrupt practices due to all round corruption everywhere irrespective of unprecedented material progress achieved by the ever flourishing science and technology.

The most tragic part of our corrupt life is that the abnormality of corruption has been converted into normality and people accept it as ideal living. Right and wrong, moral and immoral, proper and improper all these terms have lost their meanings and the acquisition of limitless selfish gains and benefits has become the only aim in life for most of the people especially for those so called leaders who have illegally and immorally earned money, name and prestige in the society.

Earlier they enjoyed respectability till they were convicted for their wrong deeds but now a days even after conviction they enjoy social status and power. As described by the Gita in fourth chapter, at the present time, the men of demoniac character are ruining mankind. So as promised by Lord Krishna,

God has to manifest in a new incarnation to kill these devils and establish the rule of righteousness.

Nobody knows when that day will dawn. Till then we have the nectar like teachings of Bhagavad Gita to save us from self-destruction. The ethical principles enumerated here before if brought into practice by every individual, the downfall can be arrested. Realization or no realization, rebirth or no rebirth, salvation or no salvation our efforts should be to purify the disturbed social ethos by applying these principles in our day to day life irrespective of its great philosophy of spiritual and metaphysical discipline of extraordinary height.

Gita’s ethical teachings if followed in the true spirit have an intrinsic strength to cure all our ills. The Gita’s teachings are also not free from criticism. Some believe that it teaches violence. But experts and people who believe in the holy book say that to understand the meaning of Bhagavad Gita one must have intense faith and a respectful attitude.

By Laxmi Prasad Boda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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