The Bhagavad Gita (“Song of God”) is the essence of the Vedas and Upanishads. It is a universal scripture applicable to people of all temperaments, for all times. It is a book with sublime thoughts and practical instructions on Yoga, Devotion, Vedanta and Action. The Bhagavad Gita has influenced many great thinkers over the years.
- Why do you worry without cause? Whom do you fear without reason? Who can kill you? The soul is neither born, nor does it die.
- Whatever happened, happened for the good; whatever is happening, is happening for the good; whatever will happen, will also happen for the good only. You need not have any regrets for the past. You need not worry for the future. The present is happening…
- What did you lose that you cry about? What did you bring with you, which you think you have lost? What did you produce, which you think got destroyed? You did not bring anything – whatever you 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 to someone else yesterday, and will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow. You are mistakenly enjoying the thought that 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, is indeed life. In one instance you can be a millionaire, and in the other instance you can be steeped in poverty. Yours and mine, big and small – erase these ideas from your mind. Then everything is yours and you belong to everyone.
- This body is not yours, neither are you of the body. The body is made of fire, water, air, earth and ether, and will disappear into these elements. But the soul is permanent – so who are you?
- Dedicate your being to God. He is the one to be ultimately relied upon. 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 you the tremendous experience of joy and life-freedom forever.
Hoping you have a fabulous day today, just a little inspiration to help you through the day 🙂
To understand Krishna’s help, we need Krishna’s help
“Why is Krishna not helping me?” We may get such doubts in times of trouble.
Krishna always helps us. When we feel otherwise, that’s because our intelligence, is finite. In contrast, Krishna’s benevolence is infinite, and so is not always comprehensible to us.
To help us understand Krishna’s help, we need his help, as he offers by sharing Gita wisdom. The Gita declares that we are not our bodies but are eternal souls. Our bodily misidentification is a disease and the material world is like a hospital. Just as a patient’s real life is outside the hospital, our real life is outside material existence – in Krishna’s eternal world of love.
The doctor’s best help is to reinstate the patient in his or her real life. Similarly, Krishna’s best help is to reinstate us in our eternal life. The Bhagavad-gita (14.02) declares that eternal life awaits those who seek shelter of its wisdom (idam jnanam upashritya).
When we seek the Gita’s shelter, we learn to see problems not as signs of Krishna’s neglect but as parts of his therapy. Problems come due to our past karmic misdeeds, but Krishna expertly integrates those problems into his treatment so that we grow spiritually through them. If we remember him, as the Gita repeatedly recommends, we experience inner peace even amidst outer trouble. This increases our realization of our spiritual identity, thereby accelerating our recovery from material misidentification.
Of course, Krishna often helps at the material level too, but in his time based on when it won’t interfere with our spiritual recovery just as a doctor gives painkillers when it doesn’t interfere with the treatment.
When we stop demanding Krishna’s help at the material level and strive to remember him irrespective of what happens materially, we realize that Krishna has never stopped helping us.
14.02 – By becoming ﬁxed in this knowledge, one can attain to the transcendental nature like My own. Thus established, one is not born at the time of creation or disturbed at the time of dissolution.
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