Bhagavad Gita: A Divine Solution
अपि चेदसि पापेभ्य सर्वेभ्यः पापकृत्तमः।
सर्वं ज्ञानप्लवेनैव वृजिनं संतरिष्यसि।।4:36।।
Shrimad Bhagwat Gita proclaims that it’s knowledge has the power to elevate even the most rejected & dejected ones .
The Bhagavad Gita is a sacred scripture, a universal text teaching us about our struggles of life ,enunciated by lord Krishna in the battles of Mahabharata. It contains a conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, who was feeling lost, scared, and confused about his duties in the Mahabharata war. After receiving eternal knowledge and divine blessings from Lord Krishna in the form of a Sadguru, Arjuna gained the right understanding to decide his next steps. The Bhagavad Gita is considered a guide to a fulfilling and meaningful life as per dharma, the righteous path.
Bhagavad Gita: Remedy to the confusion of life
Many individuals in our modern world often experience fear of failure, struggle and anxiety about the future, and regret about the past. This is often a result of focusing on materialistic possessions and grappling with issues related to one’s ego. There is a feeling of like [RK4] [RK5] being trapped in the complexities and challenges of daily life.
Similarly, in our lives, there are times when we feel unsure about what actions to take. Just as Arjuna turned to the lotus feet of the Lord and accepted Him as his Guru, in our perplexed state, we seek divine guidance from our Holy Scriptures and those who are spiritually advanced, like a SadGuru.
During these moments of dilemma, the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita provides the right solutions. For over 55 years, Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu has been sharing the wisdom of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. Through Gita-Bhagvat discourses, people gain divine knowledge and find solutions to many complex problems.
Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu says that this small book of Bhagavad Gita is a powerful tool for discovering the correct art of living and eliminating disappointments, sorrows, and worries from life. He highlights that this nectar of knowledge facilitates the development of divine qualities such as courage, equanimity, simplicity, affection, peace, and religion, granting individuals the capacity to confront injustice, oppression, and exploitation.
Bhagavad Gita: Finding Answers through its Phrases
Let’s explore how the Bhagavad Gita teaches us the way of living through the divine discourses of Pujya Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu.
When Arjuna becomes disheartened after witnessing his relatives on the battlefield, he expresses his despair.
पृच्छामि त्वां धर्मसम्मूढचेताः।
यच्छ्रेयः स्यान्निश्चितं ब्रूहि तन्मे
शिष्यस्तेऽहं शाघि मां त्वां प्रपन्नम्।।2-7।।
In the mentioned verse, Arjuna shares his dilemma . He asks Lord Krishna to guide him on the right path and provide knowledge for his well-being. Arjuna mirrors our state, where we often feel lost and sad, unable to distinguish between right and wrong. In times like these, seeking solace in the Bhagavad Gita becomes essential, offering answers to life’s perplexities.
The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita represents eighteen types of stages in our life. Here are brief descriptions of them.
Chapter 1: Vishada Yoga: This represents Human despair, depression, confusion & tendency to run away from duties.
Chapter 2: Sankhya Yoga: In this chapter, Arjuna humbly submits to Lord Krishna as His disciple, and Lord Krishna explains the fundamental distinction between the temporary material body and the eternal spiritual soul. This chapter mirrors our confusion and prepares our minds to accept the solution.
Chapter 3: Karma Yoga: This chapter elucidates the concept of performing duties without expectation as the primary responsibility. Every member of society must fulfill their functions and responsibilities in their respective stages of life in accordance with the teachings of Vedic scriptures
Chapter 4: Jnana Yoga: This chapter explains the necessity of gaining knowledge while performing responsibilities. It emphasizes the importance of having a realized Guru who can guide one through the path of success and ultimate truth with wisdom.
Chapter 5: Karma Vairagya Yoga: This chapter deals with detachment and renunciation, explaining that both are means to the same goal.
Chapter 6: Abhyasa Yoga: This chapter discusses the importance of controlling the senses to ensure that our decisions are based on facts and not overpowered by the desires of our senses. The concept of yoga is introduced in this chapter.
Chapter 7: Paramahamsa Vijnana [RK7] Yoga: This chapter discusses the importance of understanding one’s true identity. We have many identities, our physical identity ( adibhautik ) , metaphysical identity ( adidewik ) & spiritual identity ( adhatymik ) . Gita says that our spiritual identity is that we are Atma i.e our true & permanent identity .
Chapter 8: Akshara Brahma Yoga: In this chapter, the secret of success with a good afterlife is discussed. It emphasizes the significance of attaining devotion and knowledge for achieving spiritual liberation, highlighting the importance of remembering the divine at the time of death for a favorable afterlife.
Chapter 9: Raja-Vidya-Raja-Guhya Yoga: Devotion and love as keys to happiness are the main elements in this chapter. It underscores the supremacy of devotion and the inclusive nature of divine love, revealing the secrets of knowledge and the profound connection between the eternal and the temporary in the material world.
Chapter 10: Vibhuti-Vistara-Yoga: The omnipresent nature of God and its significance in our daily life are explained in this chapter. It highlights Krishna’s divine manifestations and the omnipresence of His power, illustrating the diverse expressions of His greatness and reinforcing the idea of surrendering to His cosmic essence.
Chapter 11: Visvarupa-Darsana Yoga: This chapter explains how an individual is an inseparable part of the one universal supreme soul. Here, Arjuna witnesses Krishna’s cosmic form, gaining an understanding of the omnipresence of the divine.
Chapter 12: Bhakti Yoga: Krishna here describes the qualities of a true devotee, emphasizing devotion with equanimity.
Chapter 13: Ksetra-Ksetrajna Vibhaga Yoga: This chapter explains the self-examination of oneself with demonic and divine qualities. It elucidates the distinction between the physical body and the eternal soul.
Chapter 14: Gunatraya-Vibhaga Yoga: Krishna here explains the three gunas(sattva, raja and tamma) (modes of nature) and their influence on human behavior. It aids in self-assessment and guides actions towards the path of righteousness.
Chapter 15: Purushottama Yoga: The metaphor of the eternal tree is used to illustrate the relationship between the individual soul and the Supreme.
Chapter 16: Daivasura-Sampad-Vibhaga Yoga: The divine and demonic qualities are delineated, emphasizing the importance of righteous conduct.
Chapter 17: Shraddha-Traya-Vibhaga Yoga: It explains how individuals should conduct themselves to progress on the path of righteousness. It also guides how to live and eat. The threefold division of faith, worship, and food is discussed, highlighting their impact on spiritual evolution.
Chapter 18: Moksa-Opadesa Yoga: The significance of performing one’s duties without attachment is emphasized, concluding Gita’s teachings on righteousness and self-realization.
At last, Lord Krishna preaches to Arjuna:
सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज।
अहं त्वा सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुचः।।18-66।।
Abandon all varieties of dharmas and simply surrender unto Me alone. I shall liberate you from all sinful reactions; do not fear. This implies dedicating oneself to God and Guru, ensuring divine guidance to prevent deviation from the righteous path.
Arjun in the last says
नष्टो मोहः स्मृतिर्लब्धा त्वत्प्रसादान्मयाच्युत।
स्थितोऽस्मि गतसन्देहः करिष्ये वचनं तव।।18.73।।
Arjuna here declares that with his confusion cleared, he is now resolute and without a doubt. He commits to follow Lord Krishna’s instructions with determination. Similarly, Gita helps us resolve all our problems and confusion
We are all on the battlefield of life. While Arjuna fought a war for only a few days, our entire lives are amidst the battles of lust, anger, greed, attachment, fear, grief, and the notions of ‘mine and yours.’ Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu emphasizes that just as Arjuna needed the Gita, today’s humans perhaps need it even more. Hence, it becomes our responsibility to disseminate the divine message of the Bhagavad Gita to every corner of the world for a healthy, happy, and prosperous life.
Bhagavad Gita: Not Just a Book but a Guide to Success
Today’s worried and disturbed human beings are in great need of the wisdom found in the Gita. This knowledge guides society in the right direction, preventing its descent into degradation caused by the alluring of worldly pleasures and corruption. Also when we understand the shlokas like “ vasudev sarvam” , we elevate from small selfish boundaries & open up to a broader vision . The shlokas spelling omnipresence of Supreme Power makes us feel secure & liberal . The Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is a remarkable book that encompasses the three practices of Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Gyan Yoga to guide humans in each stage of life.
In the last verse of Bhagwad Gita, Sanjay says
यत्र योगेश्वर: कृष्णो यत्र पार्थो धनुर्धर: |
तत्र श्रीर्विजयो भूतिध्रुवा नीतिर्मतिर्मम || 78||
Here, Sanjay mentions that victory will always be on the side of God and His pure devotees, along with goodness, supremacy, and abundance. This statement assures that if one devotes oneself to the path of righteousness and God, faithfully performing all duties, support from God is guaranteed. It promises relief from worries and problems. Also this boosts one’s confidence & gives a new energy to face problems .
This is the reason that Mahatma Gandhi , Albert Einstein, Actor Will Smith , Astronaut Sunita Williams and many dignitaries have attributed their success to Bhagwat Gita.