The Bhagavad Gita is replete with wisdom that is relevant for all ages. Central to the teachings of the Gita is the necessity for balance, to accept everything as it is but refraining oneself from being overtly attached to a certain element of life. The teachings propounded by this work encourage us to look beyond cursory judgments and differences in perception to realize the innate oneness of the universe.
“The meaning of karma is in the intention. The intention behind action is what matters. Those who are motivated only be the desire for the results of action are miserable for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do.”
Our hectic schedules have pushed us to a point where we’re consumed by the need to achieve the best results for every piece of work, and nothing else. Being genuinely interested in the work that we do ensures that we learn as much as we can from the experience. Perhaps even gather a few new skill sets.
“Those who eat too much or eat too little, who sleep too much or sleep too little, will not succeed in meditation. Those who are temperate in eating and sleeping, work and recreation will come to the end of sorrow through meditation.”
However, it’s important to not be obsessed with anything. Balance is the golden law.
“What belongs to you today belonged to someone yesterday and will be someone else’s tomorrow. Change is the law of the universe.”
This is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful verses in the text. Once we are accepting of change, we may not suffer as much. Once we learn to take things into our hands, we have the power to be the change. Embrace change as a friend and open up to the lessons that it may have to teach, because nothing is permanent but change.
“We have the power to be our own friend of the folly to become our own enemy.”
No one can be with us through every up and down in life – except us. We can be ceaselessly critical of our flaws or unconditionally accepting of them. Realize the fact that you are unique and grab every opportunity that will assist your growth. Be your own best friend, love yourself, and only then can you truly love the people around you.
“There is nothing lost or wasted in this life.”
Always remember that nature’s laws require for everything to have a purpose of its own. There is nothing to lose, and everything to learn.