Bhagavad-Gita
Entertainment

Bhagavad-Gita

The Relationship Between Literary Gods And Morals

593
nevernotpresent.com

The Bhagavad-Gita, meaning “Song of the Lord,” remains one of the most ancient scriptures in existence. The poem displays divine consultation between Arjuna and Lord Krishna, man and his creator, on the battlefield. Arjuna represents the whole of humanity while Krisha represents deity. On account of the Bhagavad-Gita remaining as an ultimate source of infinite wisdom, the epic also prevails as a sacred Hindu doctrine which contains rich symbolism and metaphorical stories woven together. Legend has it that the entire knowledge of world is contained in the great Gita, and a seeker or explorer need not to search any further once he obtains the Gita. The Bhagavad-Gita provides divine insights on the relationship between man and god while explaining how man can reach the heights of ecstasy by becoming one with his creator.

Note that realization of reality contains vital importance of the world in which people live. Accept the impermanent. Notice the source of all delusion and suffering and the fallacy of the world as a whole. Due to the materialistic approach followed by men, suffering and delusion are subject to occur. Unfortunately, mortals crave permanence, especially pertaining to money and fame. In contrast, everything is subject to change in reality. He who clings to the impermanent world will always endure suffering. The world is unreal since the world constantly changes, thus cannot be relied upon to be the purpose of one’s existence. Even emperors will only be left with their souls, the divine parts of them. The external soul is the only permanent factor. Understanding this theory liberates one from anguish.

"Know the reality about yourself. Who you are and what you are really. Know that you are neither the body nor the mind and the true self can neither be slain nor hurt. It is eternal, divine and transcendental." Man has three things, the mortal body, the intellectual mind and the eternal soul. It is impossible for man to understand the relationship between him and God without first understanding what he is. Man identifies himself with the body and mind which are in fact mortal aspects of him which will soon wither away. He lives life in fear of being slain or hurt as a result of this. The Bhagavad-Gita asks man to understand that his true self is the immortal soul. To forget the soul is to forget God, as the soul is the essence of man’s godhood. It is the spark of the divine fire.

Moreover, human senses are responsible for various desires. The senses lead to attachment and instability of mind, and restraining one’s senses can help you achieve the ultimate stability of mind, which is key to self-realization. The key to self-realization has been explained. Self-realization is nothing but realizing the soul and thus establishing contact with God. Revelation implies that the only obstacles standing in the way are desires and attachment. To transcend the senses and thus all desires makes man impervious to opposites like pain and pleasure, happiness and unhappiness, etc. Such a man who has transcended the mind will feel ultimate bliss which is beyond both contentment and discomfort. All duality has ended and there is state of oneness with all. This is the feeling one attains when he has established contact with the God in him.

Equally important, Gita urges people to understand true nature of their actions and inaction and how they bind a person to the world and cause suffering. This teaching embodies extreme value. One needs to understand that it is not action which causes suffering but the desires behind ones action which corrupts the whole deed. For this reason, we all should strive to act as an offering to God with complete detachment and no expectations. Not to mention that even inaction is a sin as one who fails to do his duty is creating bad karma for himself. If man sees himself as a mere instrument of the divine and performs every action without desires and attachments and without seeking the fruits of his action, such a man will be doing true renunciation, in effect, growing closer to God.

In the same fashion, people should know the supreme self to be all pervading. Accept that God is cause of all that happens and the real doer in life. All humans need to surrender to God completely and offer everything they have to him. This is the essence of God. He is present everywhere and is the creator of all things living and non-living. He is both the cause and the effect, the creator and the destroyer. In short, all that you do and receive is through him. Man is a mere instrument of the divine play. Once every part of your being understands this great truth, you will naturally surrender to the divine. Each and every act you do will be an offering to God. Such a man is able to cultivate the quality of purity and is able to experience ultimate love of God. He has established complete connection with God and his whole existence is a devotion to the almighty. Every act is filled with gratitude for the creator and no second passes without realizing His unconditional love.

In the final analysis, the Bhagavad-Gita assists the inquirer to analyze the workings of his delusional ego and shows the presence of God within himself. The Bhagavad-Gita remains a treatise which teaches one to look within to establish a relationship with the creator. The epic is amongst rare scriptures which aide the complete flowering of one's being by unlocking the eternal wisdom of the soul.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Lifestyle

13 Father's Day Shirts Under $30 To Gift The Dad Wearing The Same Two Every Day In Quarantine

You've been begging him to change it up, and now he won't have a choice.

Let's be honest: most of our dads are wearing the same shirts today that they probably wore while changing our diapers and holding our hands as we learned to walk. Sure, we love them for it. But whether you're quarantined with him wearing the same two shirts on rotation every week, or every time you FaceTime him, you know what he'll be wearing before he answers the phone, he needs to add some new items to his wardrobe rotation.

And you know dads — they'll feel guilted into using practically anything you were to give them. But these shirts are sure-fire ways to get him to switch up his wardrobe, and he'll be more than excited to wear each and every one of them. Plus, most of them are under twenty dollars, so no harm in dropping more than a couple in to your cart and letting Dad have his pick of his favorites.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Sat Down (Virtually) With Hollis Tuttle To Talk About Coronavirus's Impact On The Wellness Industry

Just because coronavirus has greatly impacted the wellness industry doesn't mean wellness stops.

If you're anything like me, your weekly fitness classes are a huge part of your routine. They keep me fit, healthy, and sane. Honestly, these classes help my mental health stay in tip-top shape just as much as they help my physical health.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, gyms and fitness studios are facing temporary closure. Yes, this means my personal routine is thrown a curveball, but this also means the wellness industry is one of many that is looking at unemployment and hardship. Do I miss my Monday spin class? Of course. But do the wellness professionals whose worlds were flipped upside down have a lot more to overcome than a slight change of routine? Absolutely. Thankfully, if anyone can prove the ultimate flexibility, it's the wellness industry.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

My Boyfriend Has Changed Since Quarantine Began, And I Don't Know What To Do

"All he says is 'I love you,' which is great and all but OMG I can't get anything else out of him."

Each week Swoonie B will give her advice on anonymous topics submitted by readers. Want to Ask Swoonie B something related to dating and relationships? Fill out this form here — it's anonymous.

Dear Swoonie B,

My boyfriend and I have been dating for almost a year, which has been the best year of my life (as far as i know). Well we go to different schools and are both very involved in sports and school activities which makes it hard to see each other. During this quarantine it is especially hard. Since we haven't seen each other in over a week things are kind of tense. He won't really talk to me much and I always check in on him to make sure he is doing well and to just see how he is, ya know being a girlfriend. Well apparently that is driving him crazy and I don't understand how. I'm not being controling or clingy, i'm just checking in on him. While this is happening, I also have noticed how he just doesn't really care anymore. I'll leave him paragraphs of sweet love letters to wake up to and I encourage him throughout his day but I just don't get it in return. I love him with all of me and I obviously care about him a lot. Also, I've compared how he talked to me before all of this has happened. He was so sweet and caring, texting me a lot and telling me he loves me and just making sure everything is OK but he doesn't do that anymore. All he says is "I love you," which is great and all but OMG I can't get anything else out of him. He is a little stressed at home with trying to find another job to pay for his car, constantly having to do things for his mom, being responsible for his siblings, and managing school. I know thats a lot but im doing a lot too right now and going through a lot of the same stuff he is but It seems to me he just does not care and i don't know what to do. Please help me or give me some advice on what to say, what not to say, what to do, what not to do. Anything at this point will help. Thank you!

If I had a dollar for every time I heard "these are unprecedented times," I'd be rich. But that's because it's true!

Keep Reading... Show less
Tower 28

On paper, Amy Liu appears to be one of the most intimidating women in the beauty business. Not only was she the person to build Smashbox Cosmetics into what it is today, she went on to lead luxury, high-end brands like Kate Somerville and Josie Maran — just to name a few.

But sitting down to meet Liu for the first time in an underground New York bar over a year ago felt like meeting a friend I'd known since childhood. As she walked into the bar in a chic red dress, it was impossible not to feel her immediate warm presence. When she talks about her history as an entrepreneur (and truly, at heart, she always was one), you don't get the sense that she's selling you anything, though with her impeccable taste, I'd use anything that had her glowing review attached to it.

Keep Reading... Show less

Sixth grade was the year that you were allowed to participate in a school sport. This was what my friends and I had all been waiting for since we started middle school. I had already made the cheer team with my friends, but I had to wait to start that in the winter since we cheered for basketball. I really wanted to have some sort of activity in the fall, but I did not know what to do. Somehow, I decided to run cross country. Not really sure how I decided on a sport where it was quite literally just running. A few of my friends were doing it as well, so I knew it was going to be fun.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Working Out Every Day During Quarantine Helps Me Feel A Sense Of Control

Physical activity helps my mental health in a world that feels uncertain.

Before the pandemic, I exercised a handful of times a week at best. In quarantine, I've been exercising every single day. I don't want this article to be another spiel about how exercise "changed my life," and all the other cliches that health gurus use to convince others to work out more. Rather, I want to reveal that exercise is a tool that works for me because it boosts my mental health when I feel like the world is spiraling out of control.

Keep Reading... Show less

To say that 2020 has been a bit of a roller coaster is an extreme understatement. Who knew that this decade was going to start off like THIS!? Not me, not you, and not that sweet old lady who lives down the street. One thing is certain though — while the world may be a mess right now, you can still fuel your body with food that keeps you happy and healthy. Thankfully, as we are all spending more time inside, you can get healthy snacks delivered straight to your front door! Amazon has never been more convenient (and tasty).

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments