The Bhagavad Gita and Self-Realization

The Bhagavad Gita is a classic book of Indian Spirituality and it brings out many timeless teachings. It is a dialogue between a Warrior called Arjuna and his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna. The dialogue begins when Arjuna turns to Krishna to look for answers to the fundamental questions of life as he is about to face a war he does not want to fight.

Right at the beginning of the dialogue, Krishna defines Yoga as ’the discipline of the mind’. Krishna is trying to help Arjuna to detach from the dualities of pain and pleasure, success and failure. Interestingly, he is not trying to lead Arjuna to renounce

the world like a monk but to give him tools and ways to find piece of mind in the situation he is facing. I love this example because it in a ways gives us a guideline to our modern life.

When you practice Yoga, or ’the discipline of the mind’, you will act in freedom and you will no longer react to events that happen in your life. It will help you to be more effective in real life, your judgement will be better, your vision will be more clear and you are not emotionally entangled in any outcome. ”Seek refuge in the attitude of detachment and you will amass the wealth of spiritual awareness….when conscious is unified, however, all vain anxiety is left behind. There is no cause for worry, whether things go well or ill. Therefore devote yourself to the disciplines of yoga, for yoga is skill in action.”

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