I came across the Bhagavad Gita during a yoga retreat a few months ago, and I knew it’s a text I must read! I finished it, thought about it and I highly recommend it! I love reading religious, philosophical, spiritual texts. One of my favorite classes in college was Buddhism. Overall it is quite easy to read, though difficult in the beginning to get through the war backstory due to the Indian names.
Originally written in Sanskrit in a song/poem verses (I read this English translated one), the Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between an Indian God, Krishna and a prince, Arjuna who is about to go to war. Arjuna is asking Krishna for guidance in the war and instead, Krishna reveals to him the meaning of life.
It is futile for me to attempt blogging what the meaning of life is and how to attain happiness. I’ll try to summarize the best I can.
One big takeaway for me was understanding energy and the interconnectedness of everything in the universe. Conservation of energy- it cannot be created or destroyed. Karma- Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
We did not just pop up randomly into existence. There is history in the energies that led to each of our existence, we’re all a physical manifestation of the kinds of energies we are. (side note: this is where astrology comes into play, not saying I believe it in, I do have more knowledge than I ever need in this topic, haha :p)
As humans, we’re a bundle of energy, potential energy– or souls? Our bodies are merely containers for it. Krishna advises us to learn how to discriminate from reality and illusion: Who we really are (perfect, immortal, indestructible souls) vs. what the body learned (sinful, mortal, temporary existence). Be aware of your ego and its desires.
It is what we do with our potential energy to serve– that is happiness and everything that matters in life. We can be grateful and loving to the universe that gave us our existence and give back through non-attached actions. Or we can live blindly, chasing bodily desires that are temporary.
“If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit a water, I will accept it.” – Bhagavad Gita
What are non-attached actions?
It’s action that’s performed without attachments to the fruits of labor.
For me, it will be this blog. There is definitely more I want to do that I haven’t figured out yet.
So how does one know what to do?
That is for you to meditate on and yoga does wonders 🙂
I’m so inspired to plant a garden, how about you guys?