The Bhagavad Gita is an important work of Hindu tradition that comes from an ancient Indian text. The earliest records of it being translated date back to about 1795 by Sir Charles Wilkins when he translated the book from Sanskrit to English. It is written in poem form and holds many important key topics related to Indian spiritual tradition and intellect.
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most famous and widely-read, ethical text of ancient India. The Bhagavad Gita, or Gita for short, is one of the principle writings to capture and define Hinduism essence. Teachings from these words can be summed up as, “your business is with the deed and not with the result.” From this text, there are ten life lessons you can find.
1. Everything Happens For A Reason
“Whatever happened was good- Whatever is happening is good- Whatever will happen will also be good.”
This particular way of thinking makes you stronger and more confident. When you think in this manner, you will attract more of the good. If something has happened, then it has happened, and there’s no more to be done. The future never comes; it’s an illusion so control the present. Live your life to the fullest.
2. Give Without Expecting Something In Return
“A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and the right place, and when we expect nothing in return.”
When you give, you must be pure as this is how love is shared. When you give a gift purely, you will then receive.
3. The Soul Is Eternal
“For the soul, there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.”
Birth and death are from this kingdom and are the duality. You can neither destroy nor create energy as it can transform from one form to another. In essence, energy is non-dual. Consciousness is not part of a human’s body.
4. You Are What You Think You Are
“We behold what we are, and we are what we behold.” “Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.”
This text simply means ‘mind over matter.’ When you think happy thoughts, you will feel and be happier. When you know you can achieve a goal, you will achieve it. You have to look for things you can be grateful for and things that are good. When you search for these things, you will find them.
5. Dream Big
“We’re kept from our goal not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.”
When you see what you want to be, and feel how it will be, it will happen. You should not fear to dream, but rather dream as big as you can. How you feel should be your guide on where to go and what to be. Manifest your dream by moving it to the present moment.
6. Change Is The Law Of The Universe
“What you have taken has been from here. What you gave has been given here. What belongs to you today belonged to someone yesterday and will be someone else’s tomorrow. Change is the law of the Universe.”
Nothing in our world is constant, and no one thing is permanent. You achieve true stillness by embracing the movement, the flow, and the ebb of life. The night will follow day as our earth moves through space. This movement is the reason each of our moments are completely new, so it is wise of you to accept change. You will achieve enlightenment when you learn to love change.
7. Love The Process Without Depending On The Outcome
“Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward.”
Do not enter in an action merely to seek a reward. Love the work you enter into and expect nothing. You will receive your reward in the present when you do from a place of joy, create from a place of no-mind, and give from a place of love.
8. Let Go Of Attachment
“You came here empty handed, and you will leave empty handed.”
Do not get attached to material things as it will only weigh you down. You do not actually possess these things, yet they can possess you. By attaching yourself to physical items, you only put yourself at risk for disappointment and suffering when you lose them. To be wise means you do not attach your happiness to these articles, but go beyond them. When you travel, it should be light and without possessions.
9. We Are All One
“The man who sees me in everything and everything within me will not be lost to me, nor will I ever be lost to him. He who is rooted in oneness realizes that I am in every being; wherever he goes, he remains in me. When he sees all being as equal in suffering or in joy because they are like himself, that man has grown perfect in yoga.”
You must treat all beings the same and as you want them to treat you. Look for and see the goodness in all others and see through their stories and labels. We are all One and all God.
“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.”
It is a timeless truth that meditation will increase your happiness.
Bhagavad Gita is not a religious book; it is a book about understanding who you are and why things happen in life. It is a timeless work that applies to any time span from the ancient past to the current times and will continue to apply to the future. These words are a learning experience for you and will help you interpret life in a different way. You need to follow the Bhagavad Gita and experience its meaning of life to understand a better way of life.