Bhagavad Gita-The way of life – In this article, we will look at the role of Bhagavad Gita in daily life. What does the Gita teach us about leading a happy and joyous life? Also, how the Bhagavad Gita is the way of life that everyone should learn and implement. What are the moral lessons of this holy book? We will also explore the importance of the Bhagavad Gita in our daily lives.

Role of Bhagavad Gita in Daily Life

Bhagavat Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is one of India’s ancient Hindu religious texts, derived from the epic poem “the Mahabharata,” and revered by all across the world. Bhagavad Gita is also called the “Song of the Lord”.

It is composed of 700 Sanskrit verses and is part of the Mahabharata, the longest epic in the world. It is a recital of the dialogues between Lord Krishna, the charioteer of the Pandava prince Arjuna, during the battle of Kurukshetra.

Bhagavad Gita in daily life

The Gita’s plot revolves around the conflict between the Pandavas and the Kauravas for the position of royalty. This position of royalty is not resolved with the usual political strategies; in the end, the armed forces of the two tribes clash on the front line to settle the dispute. This battle is called the Kurukshetra in India. It is attributed to the sage Vyasa, who transcribed it with the help of the god Ganesha.

The sermon given by Lord Krishna to Sri Arjuna in the middle of the battlefield still addresses all the challenges of daily life in the form of the Bhagavad Gita. The difficulties observed by Pandava Putra Arjuna in the battle of Kurukshetra are metaphors for the everyday problems we face.

Relevance of characters of Bhagavad Gita

To understand the role and importance of the Bhagavad Gita in the present life, it is necessary to see every character of the Kurukshetra war and connect them with the current world.

Relevance of characters of Bhagavad Gita

  • Lord Krishna represents the ‘supreme’ or ‘the divine.’
  • Arjuna represents all the human beings trapped in a world of doubt, hope, fear and actions.
  • The Pandavas represent all good and positive qualities such as empathy, love, honesty and other good virtues.
  • The Kauravas represent our personality’s negative side, including greed, pride and anger.
  • The Chariot represents our physical body which takes us on both sides.
  • The Horses attached to the Chariot represent our five senses that need to be guided, directed and controlled proficiently by the Self so as realise our true essence.

Role of Bhagavad Gita in Daily Life

Bhagavad Gita is the epitome of all Vedic data that the authentic spiritual searchers have accumulated till today or will need to bring together in the future by using the powers of the human mind and body. It allows you to know yourself and the world around you deeply. Also, it teaches how to manage and apply the knowledge gained through observation.

The lessons are explained in such beautiful verses when Lord Krishna, or the Supreme, plays the charioteer and Arjuna or the Pandava, playing the warrior prince, are having a conversation where Prince Arjuna is confused and reluctant to go against his moral duty to have a war with his brothers before entering the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

Lord Krishna then presents him with an enlightening discourse of knowledge about his responsibilities and the right way to live life. The teachings pacified Arjuna’s mind and took away all his worries.

The role of the Bhagavad Gita in daily life is explained below, which will fill your life with joy, empathy and productivity.

1- Focus on the process and not on the outcome

This quote is from one of the most famous verses of the Bhagavad Gita, which means that we all should do our work diligently and not think about its result or outcomes.

Lord Krishna says there is so much joy in enjoying the fruits of hard work, and that is what you get by focusing on the process. Because things in life may not always be as you want, but you will feel happy to give your best and dedicate yourself to the process and win internally by being satisfied with the input.

There is no point in predicting your success only on a specific outcome, as it can only lead to frustration and disappointment. Your happiness should depend on how hard you have worked to reach your goal rather than attaching your satisfaction and joy to a specific or desired result.

 2-Always stay Calm and composed

A calm and composed mind will help us control our impulses, stay strong and hopeful in good and bad times, and keep stress under control. It will also help us gain clarity of thought, weigh our options, and channel our energies toward beneficial endeavours.

The knowledge that change is inevitable plays a big part in helping us stay calm. A healthy body and a peaceful mind are the best combinations of perseverance and strength on this earth.

In addition, the wisdom of knowing that every sunset brings a new day helps you stay calm and composed in all situations.

3- Avoid the presence of lust, anger, and greed in your personality

Shri Krishna said that lust, anger and greed are the gateways to hell. These are all demonic vices or doshas that take hold of the mind and lead these negative qualities to develop. This mind, conquered by lust, anger and greed, is a suitable basis for other negative traits to make you entirely of demonic nature leading to self-destruction for the soul. Lust and greed turn into anger and together take deep roots in your mind and make you the enemy of the world.

Thus, Lord Krishna marks them as the gateway to hell and advises everyone to stay away from them.

4- Whatever happens, it happens for some reason or the other

In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna teaches us that everything that happens for a reason. “Whatever occurred in the past occurred for good; whatever is occurring at present is going on for good, and anything that will happen will, likewise, occur for good.”  That way, you don’t have to think about the past and regret anything. Similarly, you need not worry about the future. You need to stay focused on your path, work diligently and live in the present mindfully that is happening.

And if some adversity turns out in your life, remember that the Supreme divine has other plans for you that are better than yours. Believe him and accept the way things are showing up in your life. Therefore, live your life to the fullest under his glory.

5- Nothing is permanent except change

Shri Krishna said that the perception made by our five senses, i.e. sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing, leads to feelings of pleasure and pain. Any sensation and experience conceived by these senses are not permanent and change like evolving seasons. In this way, both happiness and sorrow experienced through these are momentary. Therefore, we all should endure feelings of happiness and sadness without getting disturbed.

Meditation helps you deal with the anxiety you may experience while riding through waves of wonderful and terrifying times of life. So delve into the practice of this elementary technique of self-realization regularly.

Importance of Bhagavad Gita

Importance of Bhagavad Gita in daily life

Bhagavad Gita is full of verses which are very important in our daily life if we understand them correctly. A complete understanding of all these shlokas will save you from life’s troubles and give you awareness and knowledge about every aspect of life.

Bhagavad Gita tells us to find the proper purpose of our life and the right path to achieve that purpose. As the “Way of Life”, the Bhagavad Gita encourages us to live life with purity, honesty, discipline, strength and integrity to overcome the problems in the path of life in the right way.

Though it is difficult to put the importance of this sacred knowledge into words, some points are written below.

  • Bhagavad Gita introduces us to the rich Sanatan culture.
  • Beautifully written in verses, Bhagavad Gita helps us to find solutions to all the problems of daily life.
  • Bhagavad Gita introduces us to the truth about life and helps us to find the ultimate reality, i.e. the purpose of life.
  • Bhagavad Gita helps us understand the various aspects of supreme knowledge with detailed descriptions and how to put this knowledge into practical use to elevate ourselves to the highest possible position in life.
  • Reading the Bhagavad Gita at least once, understanding the eternal guiding principles and following the teachings can inspire all of us and the coming generation to inculcate good moral and ethical values.

All in all, the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is truly the essence of life.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q1- What can students learn from Shrimad Bhagavad Gita?
A1- Bhagavad Gita teaches how to live life, so not only students but everyone can learn these important lessons:

  • You will be surrounded by many dilemmas, troubles, and challenges in life, but remember that you are always more powerful than them.
  • Focus on your goals without being envious or jealous of others.
  • Learn to deal with and control your mind. It can be your most powerful asset if you know how to control it.

Q2- Can Karma be changed as per Bhagavad Gita?
A2- Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that if you dedicate yourself to God or the higher power by practicing meditation and prayer, living with discipline, showing kindness to others, do good deeds, then your karmic results or Karmaphal can be changed and purified.

Q3- What is the biggest truth of the world according to Bhagavad Gita?
A3- The biggest truth is that death is certain. Whoever has taken birth will surely die and will again take birth. So the body is temporary, and the soul is pure and eternal.

Q4 – How is Bhagavad Gita helpful for management in life?
A4- A beautiful verse in the Bhagavad Gita says that we should keep working and focus on our goals regardless of the end result. We should always put our best efforts instead of looking for the desired result.

Q5- How to control the mind according to Bhagavad Gita?
A5- Lord Krishna preached the practice of detachment (Vairagya) to keep the mind under control. Practicing non-attachment means remaining indifferent to moments of happiness and sadness. Also, the regular practice of meditation helps you to remain balanced and have control over your mind.

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