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The Bhagavad Gita ...Teachings and Message

The Bhagavad Gita ...Teachings and Message

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Published by Bhushan Manchanda
The Bhagavad Gita is being described as a concise guide to Hindu theology and also as a practical, self-contained guide to life.It as a lighthouse of eternal wisdom that has the ability to inspire any man or woman to supreme accomplishment and enlightenment.
The Bhagavad Gita is being described as a concise guide to Hindu theology and also as a practical, self-contained guide to life.It as a lighthouse of eternal wisdom that has the ability to inspire any man or woman to supreme accomplishment and enlightenment.

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The Bhagavad Gita:Teachings and Message
 The Bhagavad Gita (Sanskrit 
भगवदगीता 
,
Bhagavad Gītā
, "Song of God") isone of the most importantHinduscriptures. It is revered as a sacredscripture of Hinduism, and considered as one of the most importantphilosophical classics of the world.The Bhagavad Gita comprises 700verses, and is a part of the
. The teacher of the BhagavadGita isKrishna, Who is revered by Hindus as a manifestation of theLord Himself,and is referred to within asBhagavan—the Divine One. The Bhagavad Gita is commonly referred to as the Gita for short. The content of the Gita is the conversation between Krishna andArjuna taking place on the battlefield before the start of theKurukshetra war.Responding to Arjuna's confusion and moral dilemma about fighting hisown cousins, Krishna explains to Arjuna his duties as a warrior andprince and elaborates on different YogicandVedanticphilosophies, with examples and analogies. This has led to the Gita often beingdescribed as a concise guide toHindu theologyand also as a practical,self-contained guide to life.Maharishi Mahesh Yogidescribes it as alighthouse of eternal wisdom that has the ability to inspire any man orwoman to supreme accomplishment and enlightenment. During thediscourse, Krishna reveals His identity as the Supreme Being Himself (
), blessing Arjuna with an awe-inspiring vision of Hisdivine universal form. The basic teachings can be summarized in the following steps:
Why do you worry without cause? Whom do you fear withoutreason? Who can kill you? The soul is neither born, nor does itdie.
Whatever happened, happened for the good; whatever ishappening, is happening for the good; whatever will happen, willalso happen for the good only. You need not have any regrets forthe past. You need not worry for the future. The present ishappening...
What did you lose that you cry about? What did you bring withyou, which you think you have lost? What did you produce, whichyou think got destroyed? You did not bring anything - whateveryou have, you received from here. Whatever you have given, you
 
have given only here. Whatever you took, you took from God.Whatever you gave, you gave to him. You came empty handed,you will leave empty handed. What is yours today, belonged tosomeone else yesterday, and will belong to someone else theday after tomorrow. You are mistakenly enjoying the thoughtthat this is yours. It is this false happiness that is the cause of your sorrows.
Change is the law of the universe. What you think of as death, isindeed life. In one instance you can be a millionaire, and in theother instance you can be steeped in poverty. Yours and mine,big and small - erase these ideas from your mind. Theneverything is yours and you belong to everyone.
 This body is not yours, neither are you of the body. The body ismade of fire, water, air, earth and ether, and will disappear intothese elements. But the soul is permanent - so who are you?
Dedicate your being to God. He is the one to be ultimately reliedupon. Those who know of his support are forever free from fear,worry and sorrow.
Whatever you do, do it as a dedication to God. This will bring youthe tremendous experience of joy and life-freedom forever.Some quotes from famous personalities across the world on theBhagavad Gita
:
Albert Einstein
 "When I read the
 
Bhagavad Gitaand reflect about how Godcreated this universe everything else seems so superfluous."
Aldous Huxley
"TheBhagavad Gita
 
is the most systematic statement of spiritualevolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the mostclear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophyever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only toIndia but to all of humanity."
Mahatma Gandhi
 "When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in theface, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn toBhagavad Gitaand find a verse to comfort me; and I immediatelybegin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those whomeditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings fromit every day."
Henry David Thoreau
 

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