After the last week’s super exciting adventure of para sailing, finding adventures in routine life seemed a difficult task. But this is what this venture is about – grow as a person amidst your routine life. So my this week’s learning is – a glimpse into the mighty holy book of Bhagwad Gita!
The Bhagwad Gita is a holy book in which the preachings of Lord Krishna to the Panadava prince Arjuna are presented in a beautiful verse format. And why did Arjuna require Lord Krishna’s teachings? Arjuna was himself the greatest warriors of his times and yet he turned to Lord Krishna for advice. Arjuna was amidst a chaos where in he is struggling to perform his duty, to fight against his own Gurus, his brothers and relatives in the righteous war between Kauravas and Pandavas.
Special thanks to Deepti and her session, here is my humble attempt at precisely describing a very small part of the vast knowledge buried in this mammoth book – The Bhagwad Gita.
- Jiva: It is the immortal essence or soul of any living organism
- Iswara: Is the Lord, or Almighty
- Prakriti: Means nature, which is the essential constituent of the universe and is basis of all the activity of the creation
- Karma: It means ‘action’. It is a store of good and bad actions, accumulated over many lives, and it is this store of actions that binds one to phenomenal existence.
An important lesson mentioned in the Gita revolves around the karma – The universe responds to you, sooner or later, according to your quality of actions. If you sow good seeds, you will reap a good harvest.
- Sattva Guna: This is known as the mode of goodness. It is the pure, elevated and enlightened soul. In today’s world it is very difficult to find such people as none of us are pure, there is a bit of selfishness in all of us to survive this rat race.
- Rajas Guna: Or the mode of passion. This motivates us to create, acquire and enjoy. Most of us are in this form currently with the desire to create new things, acquire higher accolades and enjoy the material pursuits.
- Tamas Guna: Or the mode of ignorance. It is this characteristic which motivates us to destroy and destruct. Unfortunately we have such folks also around in today’s world – the Peshawar school massacre being a mournful example.
So the human being you are is decided by which Guna are you cultivating within yourself.
This was an excerpt of my learning from the first session. The Bhagwad Gita has a lot to offer and as I assimilate Lord Krishna’s teachings there is one verse which always stays with me –
stitha-dhir munir ucyate