The Bhagavadgita shows us how to live in this world and do our duties while still being like lotus leaves in water. It is said that the world we live in is a world of illusions. It is unstable and susceptible to change so you can’t rely on it forever. The Bhagavadgita states that ignorance and egoism lead to us tying ourselves to it by our desire-ridden actions and desires. We then suffer from ignorance, delusion and lack of understanding about our true nature and purpose. We are entangled in the trap of our desires and delusion and remain bound to the cycle and forces of nature.
The Bhagavadgita shows us how to escape this predicament. Not by escaping the burdens of the worldly, nor by avoiding our duties and responsibilities. But by remaining in the humdrum life with fearlessness, detachment, stability of mind, acceptance of God as the Doer, and performing our actions in the sacrifice of our lives.
The Bhagavadgita says salvation is not possible for those who seek to escape from activity and life, or for those who engage in selfish, sinful and evil acts and ignore their obligations and duties to God. Only those who live in the world, unafraid to bear the burdens of it, and are open to the possibility of salvation, can be truly qualified.
Scripture assures us that God will respond to our prayers with love. Different people approach God with different expectations and mindsets. He considers them his closest devotees. They go through life’s trials with intelligence, discipline, and knowledge, and then surrender to him with faith and devotion. They are the best qualified to achieve liberation and enter Brahman’s world, from which there is no return.
The Bhagavadgita, therefore, is about human suffering and how to resolve it through spiritual effort. It brings spirituality into worldly life, and shows how to overcome the compulsions of life with faith and dedication. This discourse is about humans’ predicament in the fight for life with God as their controller.
Arjuna is the embodiment of the embodied soul. He faced a crisis in his life at the front of the battlefield, and stood confused and fearful. He is also an ideal devotee. As Lord Krishna’s charioteer on the battlefield, he represents the voice of God as well as the Supreme Self. He taught Arjuna, out of love and compassion, the divine wisdom to keep calm in the midst of the chaos of life and to perform his duties as a servant to God. He showed him how to overcome selfishness, duality and attachments.
The Bhagavadgita is a treasure trove of wisdom. It is the oldest, most widely read and discussed scripture in the world. It has a history that spans over 2400 years. It contains 600 to 601 verses, which are broken down into 18 chapters. Each one is about a Yoga. This is a summary from the Bhagavadgita that reflects the most important features of Lord Krishna’s teachings. For a complete, understanding of the Bhagavadgita please refer to the complete Free translation, which is available at our website.
1. You are not your body, but your spiritual Self
The Bhagavadgita’s first lesson is about understanding who and what you are. Most of our problems stem from misguided notions of who and what we are. Because it is the most visible part of us, we tend to identify with our physical personalities. This leads to us not knowing our spiritual nature, our deeper connection with God, and our eternal life. Scripture clearly demonstrates that we are more than mere physical entities. We should therefore not be afraid of death, decay, and transience.
The body is the field in which activity takes place (Kshetra), where God or the Self lives as the Knower (Kshetrajna). Five elements make up the body: the senses and subtle senses, intelligence, mind, ego, and ego. It is home to attachments, desires, feelings, emotions, and other modifications. The Supreme Brahman, also known as the Self, is the knower of the body. He resides within the body as an indwelling witness, and ultimate enjoyer.
Prakriti’s body is an aspect. The scripture refers to it as the city of nine gates. Purusha is the knower of the body and keeps it alive through his presence. Every action, movement, and modification arises in the field Prakriti from Gunas. The Purusha, who is the guide, witness, and non-doer, is the observer, the guide, and the non-doer. He sits in Prakriti and enjoys Prakriti’s objects. He is engulfed by the impurities Nature, such as ignorance or delusion and becomes bound to this mortal world.
The Bhagavadgita reminds that the body is not real because it is only an outer covering and temporary. It is like a garment worn only by oneself. Because we are spiritual beings, we should not consider our physical identities to be our true identities. Each of us has a hidden, transcendental Self. It is the ultimate reality and aspect of all life. It is real, eternal, indestructible, and permanent. It is only known when one can transcend the senses.
2. 2.Overcome your desires to stabilize your mind
Your thoughts, desires and feelings are all in your mind. Your mind is constantly in turmoil due to your wandering senses. These senses are responsible for your attraction to and desire for certain objects. You are subject to conflicting emotions and mental instability because of your attachments and desires.
A person with an unstable mind is one who exhibits egoism and attachments. They also have a tendency to take pleasure in the pursuit of gratifying their desires. An unstable mind is not suitable for salvation. His mind wanders around the sense objects and is entangled in all the distractions of this world. To liberate himself from the chaos of his mind, an aspirant must first resolve this problem.
But how does one stabilize his mind? According to the Bhagavadgita, one can stabilize his mind by separating the mind from the outside world and withdrawing within oneself. This is not an easy task. A devotee can learn self-discipline and restrain his senses. Only then can he experience peace and equanimity. His suffering will end when his mind is calm and stable in silence. He can then easily place his mind in God, and attain union with him.
3. 3.) Do your duty with detachment and renounce the doership
You can’t free your soul from the cycle between births and death by merely controlling your thoughts and sensing. You must cultivate detachment, avoid attraction and avoid aversion to all things. Also, be able to distinguish between actions that bind and actions that are free. As a selfless servant and offering to God, you should be able to fulfill your obligations. This means that you should live without expectations and without pursuing your desires.
There are many actions that can be taken. There are actions that bind you and actions that free you. It is important to understand the distinction between inaction, action, and inaction. Inaction in action differs from action in inaction. If there are desires involved, both inaction and actions become binding. However, when they are absent, action or inaction doesn’t bind. This is how to avoid the sinful consequences of your actions. This is why you should not perform actions.
According to the Bhagavadgita, no one can avoid action or stay inactive for even a moment. Every human being is driven to action by their inborn gunas (modes and tendencies). A devotee should perform his obligations with a spirit of renunciation and not seek to gain personal benefit.
People cannot live without their actions. Dharma is to be upheld and one must fulfill God’s obligations on earth. Selfless acts are better than inaction because they don’t produce karma. It is important to renounce doership. It is important to not assume one is the one who does the actions.
A person who is ignorant acts with attachment and thinks, “I am doing it.” However, a wise person who has overcome ignorance and delusion knows that he is only fulfilling his obligation to God. He acts for the good of God and the world without attachment. He doesn’t care about what is happening or not, and he does not depend on anyone. All actions are considered offerings to him.
This is called karma yoga. God is an example of this through his actions. He is not affected by his actions, even though they are done. This is because he is complete and does not desire their results. A wise person acts and lives like God. He is able to comprehend all aspects of the actions and the different methods that sacrifices can be made. With this knowledge, he can free himself from the consequences of all his actions. He is able to burn his actions in the fires of wisdom and attain peace when his mind is stabilized in God.
Conventional wisdom holds that renunciation is the act of giving up all things. The Bhagavadgita emphasizes the attitude of renunciation more than just physical acts of renunciation. It states that one should not abdicate one’s duties or obligations, nor one’s actions. It is impossible. True renunciation refers to the abandonment of the desire to receive the fruits of one’s actions.
Doership and renunciation of desire are more important than ever because they are responsible both for our sinful Karma and our bonds to the mortal world. Through the work of the gunas, all actions are derived from God in Nature’s domain. He is the sacrificer, sacrificer and object of sacrifice. He is both the doer and the executor. This knowledge makes the knower free. He knows that he is not doing the actions and does nothing. He does them with his eyes fixed on God and offers them to Him as a sacrifice. He is thus untouched and unaffected by sin as a lotus-leaf by the water in which its growth occurs.
Karma yogi is someone who lives and dies for God. He does not seek worldly riches, but inner purification. He performs them with his mind, body, and senses, but not for material gain. He gives up attachment to their outcome and offers the fruits of his actions to God. He mentally abstains from all actions and practices self-control. He is content living in his body, not acting or making other people act. He gives God the fruits of his actions and attains peace through Self realization.
According to scripture, a true sanyasi is not attached to any sense-objects or his actions. He gives up all thoughts about the world, and he (contemplating on) his higher self conquers his lower self (mind) and body. He is now established in God and remains the same to all the dualities of life, such as heat, cold, pleasure, pain, honor, and dishonor. He is equally at home with a piece or cloak of earth and a bit of gold. He is equally minded, neutral, and impartial between friends and foes as well as between sinners and saints.
5. Recognize the presence of God within you and everything
Bhagavadgita means that God and Self are one or both aspects of the same reality. God is the creator and all things. They are their own selves and he is hidden within them. The implacable Self is found in the perishable body, as the overlord (Adhidaiva), and inner witness (Sakshi). He is the same in every person and everywhere. To liberate one must absorb the mind into the contemplation or the Self of God or the Self. The barriers between them will dissolve and one can become one with God, thereby achieving liberation.
It is equally important to think about what one will do at the end of life. If a person’s mind is focused on God at the time of death, then he will be able to attain liberation. It is important to keep God in your mind at all times. Keep your mind and intellect focused on Him, so that when you die, it is easier to remember Him. A devotee can attain a single-minded devotion to God by practicing yoga every day. As he meditates on God, his mind stops thinking about anything else. He attains ultimate peace and liberation by this thought alone.
According to the scriptures, God is the ultimate reality. Without a second, he is the source and support of all. He is the foundation of Prakriti and manifests all worlds and beings, and exists as their essence. He is the center of all things. He is the one who brings forth all the universes and their beings at the beginning of each cycle of creation. At the end of each cycle, he removes them all. His actions are free from attachment, indifferent, and without any desires or attachments. He does not create any karma.
The discourse also teaches us that God can be both manifested as well as unmanifested. The latter cannot be known, so worshipping him is hard. The manifestation of God has many tasks to ensure the order and regularity in the worlds. He is the creator, protector, and preserver of the universe. He can incarnate upon earth to bring Dharma back to life and end evil if the situation is not under control. Deluded people don’t recognize him when he comes to earth in physical form. The wise, who have discretion, are able to see his true nature and worship him with unwavering devotion.
6. With devotion, surrender to God
The Bhagavadgita’s implied message is that all yogas ultimately culminate in devotion towards God. Devotion, which is selfless love at its highest, is where devotees desire nothing more than the love of God and his constant presence. He is impartial and does not show favors but he will respond to his devotees. He considers them more dear than those who worship him with a single-minded devotion, never forgetting him and always absorbed in his thoughts. He never loses such people. He looks after them and takes care of their responsibilities.
The scripture suggests that worship should be given to the supreme Brahman, rather than gods or demigods. According to their wisdom and knowledge, people may worship God in any of his many forms. People who worship other gods may also worship Him, but only because He is the Lord of all and final receiver of all offerings. While worshippers of other gods can go to them, worshippers of Jesus will only reach him in the end.
God is the embodiment of unconditional love. God is a loving and loyal being who readily accepts the love and devotion of his followers and will gladly reciprocate their love and devotion. The scriptures tell us that all should be offered to God before we can enjoy it. This means that whatever you do, whether it is food, drink, charity, penance, or giving to the sacred fire, it should all be done with pure devotion and no expectations. A devotee can attain God through pure devotion. This means that he must think of him constantly, worship him, take refuge in him, and give up all other fruits. He should also control the mind and body with no expectations. This devotee is more dear to God and takes care of God in all possible ways.
7. Learn the truth about the gunas
The Bhagavadgita contains references to the gunas, with the exception of the first chapter. The Gunas, or basic modes, are what influence the orientation, movement, and direction of all animate and inanimate items in God’s creation. They are universal and permeate all things and beings, and determine their inherent nature and properties. Gunas are more pervasive than the tattvas and finite realities of Nature. They have a greater influence on the behavior of the tattvas than they are. Gunas can also compete and dominate each other. They can have an effect on our thinking and behavior. They induce desires. The Bhagavadgita states that all actions are derived from the gunas.
There are three gunas, Sattva (Rajas) and Tamas (Tamas). They are in perfect equilibrium in the primordial Nature. However, in creation, they can be found in many combinations and permutations. This is why there is so much variety in creation. They are responsible for human desires, attachments, and desire-ridden actions, which can lead to bondage. A devotee can defeat their influence by learning the gunas and their basic propensities. He can overcome the three gunas by renunciation and transformative practices, devotion, and the grace of God.
The scripture describes the nature and influence of each guna. Sattva is pure, luminous. It connects the soul with the world through the desire to find happiness and knowledge. Rajas are born out of passion. It is a passion that binds the heart through the desire to see the results of actions. Tamas is a result of indolence and ignorance. It is responsible to the grossness of the body and mind. It binds the mind and body through the desire to rest, inertia slothfulness, indolence, and slothfulness. These three gunas tie the soul to the illusion of births and death chains.
The Bhagavadgita can be described as a practical philosophy. Its teachings can be applied to all aspects of human life. You can find a holistic approach to the teachings of Lord Krishna that allows you to combine all the yogas in order achieve the four goals of human life (Dharma, Artha Kama, Kama, and Moksha) without having to risk your liberation or incur sinful karma. We learn from scripture the importance of living a god-centered life in which all actions are an offering and act as worship.
To overcome suffering, one must practice detachment, surrender, renunciation and selfless actions. This is how to conquer your desires. You should not abandon action or avoid performing obligatory duties. But, you must do them faithfully for God’s sake and give them to him without expectation. Combining the best of the yogas, including karma yoga. sanyasa, sanyasa, atma-samyama yoga and Bhakti yoga, can help one escape the cycle of births. This is not binding. They can always be engaged in some action and take refuge in him to attain his eternal, inexhaustible Abode.
The secret knowledge of the Bhagavadgita can be called the Bhagavadgita. It holds both ordinary secrets and the most important secrets. It was likely taught only to qualified students in ancient times. It is therefore also called an Upanishad. Lord Krishna said that no one should be taught the Bhagavadgita to someone who is not austere or without devotion, who doesn’t listen, and who doesn’t speak ill about God. He will only attain Him if he teaches it to his devotees with a supreme adoration.