Such is Life: Six lessons from the Bhagavad Gita  

As i grow older, I think more about life, with all its twists and turns, highs and lows, joys and sorrows. For me, like you, it is a journey that each of us embarks upon.

A year ago on my visit to India, a friend gifted a pocket edition of the Hindu spiritual text, the Bhagavad Gita. Reading this, mostly while travelling in public transport, I found profound insights and timeless wisdom that illuminate the path of life, guiding me through its myriad challenges and triumphs. 

No wonder that the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita offer solace, clarity, and inspiration, reminding us that such is life – a journey of growth, learning, and self-discovery. 

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At the heart of the Bhagavad Gita lies the dialogue between Lord Krishna and Prince Arjuna on the great battlefield of Kurukshetra. In the midst of a moral dilemma and existential crisis, Arjuna seeks guidance from Krishna, his charioteer and divine friend. Through their conversation, Krishna imparts profound truths about duty, righteousness, and the nature of existence, offering Arjuna a spiritual perspective that transcends the immediate circumstances of war. Krishna gives Arjuna the understanding that the soul is eternal, indestructible, and beyond the cycle of birth and death.

Most people know that one of the central teachings of the Bhagavad Gita is the concept of karma – the law of cause and effect that governs the universe. Krishna reminds Arjuna that each individual is bound by their actions, and that one must perform their duties with detachment, without being attached to the fruits of their actions. This philosophy of detached action encourages us to focus on the present moment, to do our best without being consumed by anxiety or desire for specific outcomes. 

Such is life – a continuous cycle of action and consequence, where we must strive to act with integrity and purpose, regardless of the outcomes we may encounter. 

The Bhagavad Gita also emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and introspection in the journey of life. Krishna teaches Arjuna the path of self-realization, urging him to cultivate inner strength and wisdom to overcome the challenges he faces. This inner journey, characterized by self-reflection and spiritual inquiry, is essential for navigating the complexities of existence and attaining true fulfillment. 

Such is life – a quest for self-discovery and enlightenment, where we must delve deep within ourselves to uncover our true nature and purpose.

Another profound teaching of the Bhagavad Gita is the concept of dharma – one’s duty or righteous path in life. Krishna counsels Arjuna to fulfill his dharma as a warrior, to fight for justice and uphold righteousness, even in the face of adversity. This principle of dharma reminds us that each of us has a unique role to play in the grand tapestry of existence, and that we must honor our duties and responsibilities with sincerity and dedication. 

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Such is life – a journey of service and sacrifice, where we must embrace our dharma and contribute to the greater good of humanity. 

The Bhagavad Gita also offers profound insights into the nature of the self and the eternal soul. Krishna teaches Arjuna that the true self, the atman, is eternal and indestructible, beyond the transient nature of the physical body. This realization liberates Arjuna from fear and attachment, enabling him to face life’s challenges with courage and equanimity. 

Such is life – a journey of spiritual evolution, where we must transcend the limitations of the ego and connect with the eternal essence of our being.

In conclusion, for me, the Bhagavad Gita is serving as a guidebook for navigating the journey of life with wisdom, courage, and grace. As I embrace the lessons of the Bhagavad Gita and embody its principles in my life, I can navigate life’s ups and downs with resilience and equanimity, knowing that such is life – a sacred pilgrimage of the soul, guided by the light of wisdom and the eternal truth of our divine essence.

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