Five Life Lessons From The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is probably the only Indian text to be revered globally. The religious history of this text states that Lord Krishna propounded these words to Arjuna in the grand battle of Kurukshetra between the Pandava and Kaurava clan. Arjuna was faced with the dilemma of battling his family members and slaying them. In the religious context, it might appear as though the wise Krishna is imparting tenets of worldliness to a nervous Arjuna. But on a metaphorical level, it is actually a handbook for every common man to conduct his life. Little surprise, the text has found a place even in syllabus of management colleges. We handpick 5 lessons that are sure to change your life.
We come into this empty handed and shall depart empty handed too: Free yourself from all worldly material desires and attachments. No matter how much wealth you amass, you cannot depart this world with it. In fact the wealthier you become, use your power and resources for the betterment of the underprivileged.
Change is the only constant thing in this Universe: If you are rich today, you can become poor tomorrow. If you are happy, you shall feel sad too. Keep your composure such that you remain calm and happy no matter what the circumstance.
You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions: Do your work sincerely. Give each day your best shot. But after you complete your task, you have no right or control whatsoever over the results of your work. So do not do any deed with the result in mind. Strive to excel and the outcome shall surely be favourable.
Desires and emotions are constant and fleeting: As long as a human being is alive, he or she will experience desires. It is completely natural and must be enjoyed only in the capacity as a detached witness. If you let your desires consume you and rule your life, they will get the better of you and you shall be a slave to them.
Whatever happens, happens for good: The Bhagavad Gita propounds that whatever has happened was good, whatever is happening is good and whatever will happen will also happen for good. Nothing in this world happens without reason. We may not understand the scheme of things while they may occurring, but there may be a lesson or learning hidden in the events, but it will always be in your best interest.