Bhagwad Gita & its relevance today

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सर्वोपनिषदो गावो दोग्धा गोपालनन्दनः।पार्थो वत्सः सुधीर्भोक्ता दुग्धं गीतामृतं महत् ||

The ‘Upanishadas’ are the cows milked by Gopala, the son of Nanda, and Arjuna is the calf. Wise and pure men drink the milk i.e., the supreme & immortal nectar of theGita.

Bhagwad Gita, explains some of the highest spiritual realizations. It explains exactly who and what we really are. Without this knowledge in a person’s life, the Vedic literature says that humans are little better than polished animals.

Without this special boon of being able to realise the purpose of life, there is little difference in the purpose of life between humans and animals who are mostly interested in merely eating, sleeping, mating, and defending their possessions.

This doesn’t mean Human life is merely the means to acquire knowledge of philosophies propagated by others. It is more about uplifting one’s consciousness by practice of certain principles and Yogic practices so that one can perceive the higher dimensions that exist.

We begin to learn our real identity as the soul residing beyond our body. It explains the size and nature of the soul, and how it is completely transcendental or beyond limitations of the body and mind. It convinces the readers that regardless of our situation, socially, physically or economically, we can rise to higher levels of existence.

This teaches us that no matter the amount of peer pressure we face, or what good or bad judgements that may come from our fellow workers, or even how great we think we are, we can be grounded.

This would happen only if we can stay fixed in understanding who and what we really are as a spiritual being inside the limitations of our material body. Then we can be confident about ourselves regardless of what others may say.

We may be popular & recognized in our school, family, society, profession or not, but by our spiritual knowledge and by the confidence it gives us, we work to always become better, more uplifted, more refined. We always strive to make ourselves into a better person by comparing & competing with our selves. Then we can help ourselves and others in more effective ways.

When we are spiritually grounded, we no longer try to convince others of our self-worth & social status, or try to make it into the right group of people. We become convinced of who we are. We work in our own way to provide a contribution to society, to make something of ourselves that has meaning, beyond the typical superficialities of this world.

We learn that if we keep working in our own way, both intellectually & spiritually while attaining the skills that will enable us to do something significant; a time will come when we can make a mark on this world in our own sphere of influence.

Lord Krishna discusses Karma-yoga, the knowledge of how every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. It’s the path of ‘action’, putting 100% effort in the responsibilities without being attached to the results that leads to a more fulfilling life. Gita propagates that when action is performed selflessly with full focus and attention, it brings freedom from stress, anxiety and increases productivity & peace. It teaches you to enjoy the journey equally towards destination.

Gita very much re-instigates the necessity of a good Guru/teacher/Mentor in our lives for better realisations of visions & dreams.

It elevates the reader spiritually making a person steadfast, calm, sorted and at peace. Following the philosophies of Gita, makes a person keep stress, depression, anxiety and other psychosomatic issues at bay.

Reach out to me on sahna@pravaahwellness.com if you need more answers about The Bhagwad Gita or visit us at www.pravaahwellness.com & leave a message here at Pravaah

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