The Bhagwad Gita is an important collection of texts from the epic- Mahabharata. It consists of the philosophical discourse and teachings imparted by Lord Krishna onto Arjuna, the young warrior prince who was at a dilemma having been forced to face his uncles, friends and cousins turned foes on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra. These were no ordinary words of courage, but an entire lifetime’s teachings which will give purpose and knowledge to the millions of souls to be born over the years, as it still does for those seeking it till date.
- There have been many translations of the original text which have been interpreted as per the school of thought the translator belonged to Including the transgressions of that period whether it be the early 8th century or later on. Despite the varied meanings they managed to obtain from it, some orthodox and some progressive to the extent that it’s as relevant in the 21st century as it was when it was taught and written. People of all backgrounds and castes found solace in the wisdom they gained from hearing and reading the transcriptions.
Though the Bhagwad Gita is filled with innumerous valuable teachings, there are few which seem to resonate with everyone who learns of it and has stayed relevant till this date. For it was these 700 or so valuable phrases of the Gita which made it be viewed as a ‘Manual of Life as we know and should exist’ instead of just a religious text written in reverence of the gods.
Some of the most striking and impactful teachings which are said to affect people, alleviate their worries and educate them the most include:
- The Phrase where Lord Krishna explains to Arjuna that the things one has taken, are from god, whatever they return, are to god himself. He is a mortal who came empty handed and will go back empty handed from the time one’s born, to the time one dies.
- Another phrase where Lord Krishna Tells Arjuna, that all his worries, all his fears are without reason. No one can kill him, or cease his existence, since the soul is eternal like a circle is; for there can be no end without a beginning.
- Another phrase that struck Arjuna hard was when Krishna reminded him that obstacles aren’t what prevent us from reaching our destined goal; it’s the easier path people take when faced with obstacles which leads to lesser goals.
These are some examples of the innumerous and invaluable teachings one can easily find if they take the time to read and properly understand the Bhagwad Gita in its entirety. When Krishna Talks about the eternal soul, he gives Arjuna courage, when he talks about obstacles, he reminds him of his determination to his goal and when he tells Arjuna that he is a mortal who can’t hold on to any possessions, he gives him the strength and fearlessness to face his fate on the battlefield. In the same way, anyone who reads the transcription will surely identify with some phrase or the other, and find their queries answered. With the huge amount of worshippers and followers of the path shown in the Gita, and by those who seek to impart further glory and wisdom of Bhagwad Gita among the masses, one can only realize, how important and invaluable is the knowledge in it, and the Life Changing Lessons from Bhagwad Gita Shloka one receives.