Making the right decision in every situation is a problem that has haunted humanity for centuries and centuries. It is however in the Bhagavad Gita, the founding text of the Vedânta, which is wrongly often confused with the Blessed’s Song and the Lord’s Song, that this problem is addressed.
This major text of yogi philosophy is a narrative that you cannot pass by if you want to grow and become a better person. We will present it to you in broad outline, but it is of course more than advisable to read it at home calmly to make it your own.
What is the Bhagavad Gita?
Like the Upanishad and Brahma Sûtra, the Bhagavad Gita is one of the great texts of Indian literature. It is considered by many to be a true treatise on life. Not only because inside there is a master, Lord Krishna, who delivers a high vision of life, but also because it is a teaching on how to live your daily life while growing.
Although it’s a fairly old text, it still has some relevance. This relevance comes from the fact that, like religion, the message it transmits is eternal. They answer the great questions of life, and these questions will always arise in the history of Humanity. Times change but men do not.
As for the story itself, the Bhagavad Gita is in fact a dilemma, that is, a situation where no matter what choice we make, no solution appears good.
This dilemma takes place during a conflict between two Princes of the same family fighting for a kingdom. While the war is ready to break out, one of the Princes has a moment of doubt, of failure, he no longer sees the interest of the war and refuses to fight.
It is then that he is faced with the dilemma : if he does not fight it is a bad solution, but fighting therefore seems to him even worse. He then relies on Krishna, who he will ask for help.
It is therefore from this situation, from this kind of abandonment of his beliefs by the Prince, that all the teaching of the Bhagavad Gita will begin.
Why is this poem so important?
As explained earlier, this text is very important as it allows anyone to answer existential questions. It is a treatise on life, where the main problem of the human being that is the right decision-making is staged via the main character.
This text is important because, in addition to timeless, it still has its place in an ever faster era, where no one has the time to learn. He reminds us that selfishness is only harmful, and that science cannot have an answer for everything.
The interpretation of the lord’s song
The teaching of the Gita can be translated into two parts. First, Krishna will help the prince to solve his immediate problem, that is, to regain the meaning of his place, of his existence.
On the occasion of this teaching which is practical enough, he will give him the keys so that in the future, this kind of dilemma does not occur anymore and that he always knows how to behave, what to do in each situation by eradicating all doubt and proposing a high vision of this World.
The goal is to grow, to become a person who contributes positively to his environment and this can serve as a guide.
The 3 main paths in this text are of course to be discovered by oneself, but we will review them to give you an idea:
The deed done justly, without selfishness
The path of divine love and openness of heart
The path of knowledge, based on the study of the Scriptures, inner investigation and meditation (Jnana Yoga)
Some excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita
"He was not born, He does not die. Having existed from time immemorial, He never ceases to exist. Not Born, Eternal, Unchanging and Ancient, He is not killed when the body is killed." (II: 20)
"Dedicating all your actions to me, the mind fixed on the Self, free from expectation, from
selfishness and all mental fever, fight!" (III,30)
"Just as the soul embodied in this body passes through childhood, youth and old age, so it passes into another body. The wise man shall not grieve." (II: 13)
“A man must rise by himself, and he must not lower himself. Because he is his own friend and enemy" (VI, 5)
“The one who looks at all beings with an equal eye, whether they are benevolent, friends, enemies, indifferent, neutral, hateful, good or evil, distinguishes himself among all.” (VI, 9)
The Supreme Lord says: "I am the Self, O Gudâkesha, sitting in the hearts of all beings. I am the beginning, the middle, and also the end of all creatures." (X, 20)
So, what did you think of the Bhagavad Gita? Will you read it after this article? This is a great opportunity to become a better person and move forward on the path of wisdom, because by referring to it on a daily basis you will not stop making the right decisions in situations of dilemma.
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