As the world ages, the number of people who are lost, the ones who are seeking direction increases. As the centuries progress, we get absorbed into the illusions that seem more valuable to us than reality. If there was a time when the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita was needed, it is now.
Whether you are old or young, experienced or inexperienced, male or female, Hindu or not, the Bhagavad Gita is a treasure of wisdom.
Here are five quotes that will be shining little lamp posts whenever you are surrounded by darkness in life:
1. Chapter 3, Verse 35
श्रेयान्स्वधर्मो विगुण: परधर्मात्स्वनुष्ठितात् |
स्वधर्मे निधनं श्रेय: परधर्मो भयावह: || 35||
The verse means that is better to do what is your duty with mistakes than doing someone else’s duty to perfection. It goes on to say that is better to face destruction while performing your own duty than following someone else’s path.
Very beautifully said. You can interpret it in a number of ways. What will apply the most to us in this century is to understand that we all have our own calling, our own duties and our own passions. Following someone else’s will lead us to despair, depression and dissatisfaction. Find your own purpose, don’t follow someone else’s.
2. Chapter 3, Verse 38
धूमेनाव्रियते वह्निर्यथादर्शो मलेन च |
यथोल्बेनावृतो गर्भस्तथा तेनेदमावृतम् || 38||
Just like smoke covers fire, dust covers the mirror or the womb covers the embryo, our lives are covered by lust.
Here lust doesn’t necessarily mean physical lust. It can mean greed as well. We are constantly greedy for more – more space, more money, more fame – it is never-ending. We are never satisfied. By comparing, lust with dust, smoke and the womb, the Gita explains that there cannot be a clear vision and a real birth in the presence of those. Similarly, with greed blinding us we would never know what is important in life.
3. Chapter 4, Verse 37
यथैधांसि समिद्धोऽग्निर्भस्मसात्कुरुतेऽर्जुन |
ज्ञानाग्नि: सर्वकर्माणि भस्मसात्कुरुते तथा || 37||
The verse means that just like a fire turns firewood into ashes, knowledge will turn our reactions to the material world to ashes – it will make them disappear.
When we interpret this for the 21st century, it is simple enough to understand. Most of us are ignoration, we do not care, we do not know and we do not want to know. But knowledge is power. Knowing that there is a universe around us, knowing that trifles do not matter will help us stop reacting. Reactions of anger, pain, envy – we will learn to shed them and begin to respond.
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