Bhagavad Gita – India’s Spiritual Treasure Print E-mail

Rediscovering India’s spiritual treasure…

 

The Bhagavad Gita is a collection of timeless truths. It comprises eternal principles that are as valid today as they were many thousands of years ago. And it will remain a guiding light for generations to come. These truths form the lighthouses that guide us in the turbulent ocean of life.

 

So join us on a spiritual sojourn to rediscover the truths hidden in the Bhagavad Gita. Rest assured it will be a path laden with serendipitous experiences. Enjoy!

 

Gem One – Chapter 9 verse 22

 

I bestow yoga (spiritual Enlightenment) and ksema (material success) to those persons who worship Me with no other thought, to those always seeking Union.

This verse appears in the centre of the Bhagavad Gita. It gives the formula for success - material or spiritual. It begins with the words, ‘ananya cintan’ which means ‘no other thought’. One of the most important determinants of success is consistency of pursuit. You can be brilliant, talented and have all the right breaks but if the focus is missing success will elude you. The mind, which is the realm of emotions, loves and hates, is fickle. The mind is asthira unsteady and cancala restless. It flits from place to place and is restless even at a point. It is the intellect, the abode of discrimination and judgement, that can rein in the wayward mind and direct it to the goal.

 

Fix a goal that includes the welfare of the community at large. Once the goal is fixed the direction is set. Pursue it with passion, energy and dynamism. The word used is ‘paryupasate”, the superlative of upasate worship. The goal must be sacred to you. In the singular pursuit of your goal you achieve success (ksema) and experience an inward fulfilment of the Soul (yoga).

 

Gem Two – Chapter 3 verse 10

 

Having created humankind in the beginning along with yajna (sacrifice), Prajapati (the Creator) said, “By this may you prosper, let this be the kamadhenu (wish-fulfilling cow) of your desires”.

 

Krsna emphasises one of the most extraordinary gifts bestowed on us. The ability to perform yajna, sacrifice. No other creature has the ability to set aside its interests for the sake of another. Then he said, “By this may you prosper. Let this be the Kamadhenu of your desires.” No achievement is possible without sacrifice.

 

Kamadhenu is a mythological cow that fulfils all desires. The only way to fulfil your desires is by sacrifice. Those who have sacrificed have achieved unimaginable heights.
We see it in physics. An object appears red it reflects red while absorbing the other six colours. Amazingly, what it gives it seems to retain. What it takes it loses. Grab you lose. Give you gain. Start giving and you will receive more than you ever imagined.

 

You do not have to perform some earth-shattering, news-grabbing act of sacrifice. You only need to have a sacrificial mindset. Having tasted the joy of giving and sacrifice, you will never look back.

 

Gem Three

 

As the ocean which filled from all sides with waters entering it, remains still, so one in whom all objects of desire enter obtains peace, not the desirer of desires.

 

In this verse Krsna gives the formula for happiness.

 

Happiness Quotient (HQ)

 

HQ = No. of desires fulfilled
No. of desires entertained

 

You are constantly trying to fulfil desires to increase your happiness. Your focus is always on the numerator. In the process unknowingly, the denominator also increases. You increase the stockpile of desires. It is a no-win situation and the HQ actually diminishes. Even mathematically, the numerator does not matter. It is the denominator that is important. Instead of merely fulfilling desires pay attention to reducing the denominator. Your happiness will increase in leaps and bounds.

 

Arise Arjuna

We are all Arjunas, faced with our own set of challenges. The Bhagavad Gita prescribes a fool-proof method of overcoming the challenges and provides a way of rising above desire to reveal the Divinity within. The time has come for us to wake up to our potential, to unearth our true personality enveloped in the desires that we have unintelligently accumulated. It is a time for renewal, a time to understand who we truly are.