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The Bhagavad Gita: Eternal message of spiritual wisdom

Song of the Soul

“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection. The power of God is with you at all times; through the activities of mind, senses, breathing, and emotions; and is constantly doing all the work using you as a mere instrument. A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return”.
-The Bhagavad Gita

Gita is one of the most influential treatise in eastern philosophy. The Bhagavad-Gita is the eternal message of spiritual wisdom from ancient India. The word Gita means song and the word. Bhagavad means God, often the Bhagavad-Gita is called the Song of God. It has molded traditions and made great men for thousands of years. Spoken by Krishna to his disciple Arjuna at the battlefield of Kurushetra, Gita, answers major questions of our lives and existence. Krishna also called lila-avatar is one of those extra-ordinary personalities who life stories are enough to help us attain an enlightenment. Bhagvad Gita is the thought-process behind that extra-ordinary life that lived singing, dancing and remaining peaceful amidst a great battle.

Lord Krishna Said, “Reshape yourself through the power of your will” Those who have conquered themselves live in peace, alike in cold and heat, pleasure and pain, praise and blame, To such people a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same, Because they are impartial, they rise to great heights.

Hell has three gates: lust, anger, and greed. The concept that we are not the body, but souls with eternal existence and omnipresent nature that can not be destroyed immediately changes the outlook we have over life. The mere rush for worldly things, name , fame, power and sense pleasures in order to satisfy ourselves looks useless when we understand that we are not the body but the soul. Soul has no need for all these material things. It is a part of the cosmic spirit/divinity/God.

Our essence is thus God. In reality, we are not us, but what we really are is God who is all pervading exists everywhere and in everything. Bhagvat Gita Says “The demonic do things they should avoid and avoid the things they should do, Hypocritical, proud, and arrogant, living in delusion and clinging to their deluded ideas, insatiable in their desires, they pursue unclean ends, Bound on all sides by scheming and anxiety, driven by anger and greed, they amass by any means they can a hoard of money for the satisfaction of their cravings. Self-important, obstinate, swept away by the pride of Wealth, they ostentatiously perform sacrifices without any regard for their purpose.

Egotistical, violent, arrogant, lustful, angry, envious of everyone, they abuse my presence within their own bodies and in the bodies of others”

At this realization of the teaching of Gita, the distinction that exists between men disappears. We realize that everything is a manifestation or an act of the Spirit/Brahman. The existence is non-dual; God pervades it all over. This sacred teaching of Krishna attunes us to a higher understanding where we come to realize that all that we are looking for is within ourselves. We find that the ultimate goal of the human life is Self-realization and the body, sense organs, mind are mere instruments to worship the divine. Gita says, The person whose mind is always free from attachment, who has subdued the mind and senses, and who is free from desires, attains the supreme perfection of freedom from Karma through renunciation.

 Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire Identifying ourselves not with the body, but the soul at once changes everything. Soul is all pervading, it is eternal and it is God himself. We have an eternal fountain of wisdom, knowledge and bliss within us as soon as we get rid of our body/mind identification. That is enlightenment. That is Self-Realization.

According to Krishna, this life is just a dream of those souls that have attached themselves to false things, to home, to wife, to the body, to the pleasures and to all things that signify dualities. Once the soul frees himself from all fetters of attachments and aversions, it attains ultimate freedom/moksha. Bhagvad Gita is a philosophical treatise of Krishna’s life. It is a formula to ultimate freedom, knowledge and BLISS.

Source: Bhagavad Gita

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