We all know how Bhagavad Gita offers a plethora of knowledge to us its readers. The famous holy book is perhaps a perfect guide to leading a happy life. So, we got in touch with Narottam Priya Das, Spiritual Guide at ISKCON Bhiwandi who helped us understand the benefits of reading this amazing holy scripture and its importance in our daily lives.
Bhagvat Gita Helps In Controlling Our Mind Efficiently
The Bhagavad Gita highlights the significance of mind control and what havoc can be caused if we fail to do so. Our mind constantly produces various desires for pleasure and control, which cannot be fulfilled practically. But while chasing these desires if do succeed in achieving some of these, then we get infected with pride, arrogance, greed, fear of losing what we gained. Along with that, if we fail to fulfill those desires then depression, anxiety, lamentation follows. But what is important for us to understand is that even if everything is perfect, it all comes to an end with death.
Bhagavad Gita offers a solution to all of us for this. It teaches us that our abilities, skills, qualities, strength, intelligence, sharpness, etc and tells us how our entire universe revolves around its creator. Hence whatever we are or we have is God’s gift to us and whatever we achieve using these gifts should be offered to the Lord in return. There is absolutely no space for greed and pride in life. And in this way, we can learn to be humble in success and tolerant in failure thereby keeping us happy.
Provides Knowledge Of Soul
Krishna, in Bhagavad Gita, lists various characteristics of the soul calling it eternal, unborn, very old, indestructible, cannot be killed, immeasurable, etc. According to the holy book, the soul temporarily occupies a body and when the body dies, it simply gives it up and accepts a new body and the journey continues. In the 2nd chapter 23rd verse Krishna compares these events of changing material body (also called “Death”), with putting on new garments while giving up the old and useless ones.
This knowledge about the soul can be very empowering especially in current turbulent times. It can make us feel that we have something at our core that cannot be destroyed even by the biggest of bombs or troublesome situations.
It Teaches Us Right Karma
Lord Krishna is known to have directed Arjuna while on the battlefield of Mahabharat. These sermons were recorded to form the Bhagavad Gita therefore they teach us righteousness and good conduct. According to the scripture, once a soul is given a material body, it is forced to act in order to maintain the same during its lifespan. Bhagavad Gita classifies these activities as Karma (Lawful or Morale actions producing positive reactions), Vikarma (Sinful actions producing negative reactions), and Akarma (Actions that produces no reaction) and explains that a soul gets a particular type of material body as per the desires and fruits of past Karma. This is called the cycle of birth and death in this dark material world. Also, Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita offers a solution in form of devotional service which can facilitate our escape from this cycle of birth and death.
Paves The Way To Spirituality
Krishna introduces himself as the supreme personality of Godhead in Bhagavad Gita in a slow and progressive manner. He suggests that the entire material creation is his expansion or his energy. All living entities are also his part and parcel, he being the father of all. And all the Lord does is act like a judge, giving rewards and punishments to people depending on their respective Karma. Therefore, if you understand how you too are a part of the Lord himself, the feeling empowers you and fills you with positive energies that eventually help you walk the path of spirituality(facts about spirituality).
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Establishes Peace Within Yourself To Practice Devotion
In the 7th Chapter, the first verse of Bhagavad Gita Krishna explains that the goal of human life is to “surrender" through the process of Bhakti, or devotion. When a soul sincerely starts following the process of Devotional Service, his life takes a new turn and this is manifested in many ways, including peace of mind and purity of thoughts and desires. As one continues to practice this, through chanting and participating in the service of the Lord, one can attain a consistent state of devotion which is blissful and peaceful.