Today is Mokshada Ekadashi, popularly celebrated as Gita Jayanti as on this day, The Bhagavad Gita was narrated to Arjun by Lord Shri Krishna, just before the epic battle of Mahabharat. Most of the people (including me) had this perception that it is a religious book and it is meant for those people who are in the advanced stage of life. But, a few months back, I came across an interview of Dr Vivek Bindra, Motivational speaker, where he was discussing some principles of Bhagavad Gita. After watching that video, some questions came into my mind. I tried to find out the answers on my own.
I tried to analyze the background of Bhagavad Gita. It was said when Arjun gave up everything and wanted to surrender. The lessons of Bhagavad Gita gave him the willpower to fight back. So, if it was only related to spirituality, would it motivate someone to that extent to fight the greatest epic of all times? I have heard many people saying that the Bhagavad Gita answers all the questions related to life…is it so? Is Bhagavad Gita still relevant in the pre-5G era? To find out the answers, I have decided to read it myself and prepare a simple analysis of what we can learn from this holy book.
In the entire first chapter, Arjuna speaks about his dilemma. Lord Shri Krishna didn’t interrupt him. He didn’t speak a single word in between. He patiently listened to his thoughts. Lord Krishna was the 8th avatar of Lord Vishnu, he could have easily read Arjun’s mind and provided him with the solution to his problems…But he didn’t do so. He allowed Arjun to speak his heart out and the Lord patiently listened till he finished.
Here, we understand the importance of listening. Now, what is the difference between hearing and listening?
- Hearing: It is the act of perceiving sounds by our ears.
- Listening: It requires concentration and attention so that our brain can process those sounds to meaningful sounds.
In today’s world, most of the problems occur because we don’t listen. Everybody want to respond… Nobody wants to listen. This is the source of all misunderstandings.
Doing our work
Karmanye vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana,
Ma Karmaphalaheturbhurma Te Sangostvakarmani– Bhagavad Gita (Sloka – 2.47)
Controlling our mind and emotions
“Your mind is your great friend if you control it…
But your mind is your greatest enemy if it controls you.”
I am sure most of you have come across this saying while growing up. Even in sloka 6.5 of Srimad Bhagavad Gita, we find the same. So, the now the question is how do we control our mind? Arjun had asked the same question to Lord in sloka 3.36. In sloka 3.37, the Lord answers his question by saying that lust is the root cause of it. Lust? Well, while reading the Bhagavad Gita, you need to think horizontally. Here, lust means anything that keeps you distracted from your goal or performing your duties. When lust is unsatisfied, it turns into wrath; wrath is transformed into illusion and this is a never-ending process.
Where does lust reside? This lust resides in the senses, mind, and intelligence; which veils the knowledge that he has acquired. So, how to get rid of it? In sloka 3.41, the Lord says that we can curb this senses by regulating our senses.
Now, consider your body as a computer system. Then, your sense organs become your input devices, the brain is the CPU and your actions are the output. Now, we know that the output is fully dependent on the inputs that we provide. Sometimes a well-written program may encounter an abrupt halt. If we start filtering our inputs then we will able to regulate it. So, always stay focused on your clearly defined objectives. The moment you get distracted, try to bring yourself back on track.
yuktahara-viharasya yukta-cestasya karmasu
yukta-svapnavabodhasya yogo bhavati duhkha-ha.
– Bhagavad Gita (Sloka 6.17)
In this sloka, the Lord teaches us the importance of leading a disciplined life. Discipline is the first step of progress. Why? Let’s analyse the sloka.
yukta—regulated; ahara—eating; viharasya—recreation; cestasya—of one who works for maintenance; karmasu—in discharging duties; svapna-avabodhasya—regulated sleep and wakefulness; yogah— the practice of yoga; bhavati—becomes; duhkha-ha—diminishing pains.
Now, we all know that balanced diet and an adequate amount of sleep plays an important factor in staying healthy. Also, while performing our duties, we need to take a break. All of us have heard the famous proverb, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. The above sloka tells us that everything in our life should be regulated. We should maintain a disciplined lifestyle.
We should always have a balanced diet by including foods that are low in unnecessary fats and sugars and high in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Otherwise, it may lead to nutrition deficiency diseases. We should have an adequate amount of sleep. Sleeping for shorter duration may lead to fatigue and if we sleep for a longer duration then, we are spending unnecessary time sleeping. Now, time is precious. Any time which is spent on unnecessary activities is considered a great loss. Here, the concept of time management comes into play. Now, we all know the importance of time management to scale success.
Recently, a team of researchers have found a spiritual way to heal diabetes. A spiritual solution to diabetes? Yes, with the help of Bhagavad Gita. The title of the review article is “Coping with illness: Insight from the Bhagavad Gita” published in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. The review article talks about various situations in life and how can they used to deal with the situations that arise when one is suffering from diabetes.