The Bhagavad Gita, a 700 verse Scripture of the Hindu dharma in Sanskrit, is the part of the Hindu Epic Mahabharata. Its literal translation is the ‘Song of the God’ and The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Arjuna, the Pandava prince, and his charioteer Lord Krishna.
The Gita begins before the start of the climactic Kurukshetra War, where the Pandava prince Arjuna is filled with doubt on the battlefield realizing that his enemies are his own relatives, beloved friends, and revered teachers. Facing the duty as a warrior to fight the Dharma Yudhha or righteous war between Pandavas and Kauravas, Arjuna is counseled by Sri Krishna to fulfill his Kshatriya (Warrior) duty as a warrior and establish Dharma. Thus, elaborating it to him in a variety of philosophical concepts. On a larger picture, it is rather a dialogue between diverging attitudes concerning methods toward the attainment of liberation (Moksha) and to achieve success in life for anyone at any age.
We have here collected 10 Most Interesting Guidelines For Success based on Bhagavad Gita.
1. Our Duty our Responsibilities is our Dharma
The narrative in the Gita is at the Centre of the battlefield, Sri Krishna counsels Arjuna to fulfill his duty as a Kshatriya or a warrior particularly when it is in a war and to establish the righteous principles of the Dharma. As Sri Krishna puts it, “This duty consists first of all in standing in one’s ground and fighting for status. The main duty of a warrior is never to submit to anybody and he must resist any impulse to self-preservation that would make him avoid a fight.”
2. Everything Happens Only for Good
“Whatever happened, happened for the good. Whatever is happening, is happening for the good. Whatever will happen, will also happen for the good.” This quote from the Gita resonates with us at times when life ceases to be the way we want it to, at times when sorrows don’t seem to end and destiny still seems a long way. It simply means behind every failure and missed destinations, there is a bigger picture Lord Sri Krishna has set for us.
3. The Body Is Just Like Clothes for our Soul
The Aatman, the Sanskrit for the soul, cannot have a permanent end, it is immortal. The cessation of the physical form, the death, it’s just another step in the natural process of the Samsara, or reincarnation. “As a man casts off his worn-out clothes and takes on other new ones, so does the embodied soul cast off his worn-out bodies and enters other new.”
4. Deaths As an Opportunity to Transcend
Death is not a great calamity. As it has been mentioned in the Gita, “For sure is the death of all that comes to birth, sure is the birth of all that dies. So in a matter that no one can prevent thou hast no cause to grieve.” It is, in fact, a spiritual opportunity, that path that leads to perfect oneness with the supreme lord.
5. Change is Inevitable
Everything in the visible universe expects change itself, is subjected to the universal law of change. Nothing ever in our lives is permanent, the Gita tells you to accept the change. Wealth and all of the material possessions will cease, relationships will break and you will be left shattered, yet you will have to accept all of it. A new beginning will have to be from scratches, it is the law of change.
6. The Essence of Balance in Life
Embrace the equanimity in life. Even at the most joyful times and moments of sheer euphoria, all of it is impermanent. With the passing time, it will all fade away. And so it is, at times of grief and loss. It will too pass away. You can’t just love or just hate anybody, both of them come along, they are the two sides of the coin and you never know which one flips.
7. The Hard Times Brings Out The Best in Us
The mind and the soul are in the process of perpetual development. Your hardest times might leave you sprawling on the ground and gasping for a breath, but it is those times that will teach you the most valuable lessons of your life. Don’t expect life to be a joyful ride all the time.
8. Surrender Everything
Believe in the Karma or deed and dedicate every action of yours to the Supreme Lord, said Sri Krishna. All of the life has originated from the Lord himself and the final destination too is the Lord himself.
9. Action Without Any Expectations
The Right to work, but never to the fruit of your word. Surrender the fruits of your actions. “You should never engage in action for the sake of reward nor should you long for inaction”, has it been mentioned in the sacred text.
10. The Power of Belief
“A man is made by his belief. As he believes so he is.” If you believe that you can win, then you have already won the most part of it. Believe that you can be happy, you too can be successful and you can.