Live life, the Gita way
Published on March 14, 2015 17:45:45 PM
Man is constantly troubled by the trials and tribulations he undergoes in his life and tries to find a solution in attending Satsangs, spiritual discourses, etc., to find out a solution to their vagaries.
The Bhagavadgeetha is a perfect medicine to all maladies of body, mind and soul. It has a solution with a capital S to all problems that humans face in their life. It is a perfect handbook how to live with a ‘just’ aim in one’s life and how to make that aim operational. People mistake that The Gita is only for worship and keep it in their puja rooms and worship it, but seldom realize the fact that it is a guide to what one should do to make one’s life contented and well lived one.
There is a well evolved sequence in the progression of thought and chapters in the Gita.The first six chapters deal about Karma yoga (theory),the seventh to twelfth chapters deal with bhakti yoga, the 13th to 18th chapters deal with the jnana yoga. The sequence is maintained so as each method of practice is practicable to the seekers, according to their level of involvedness and understanding of the basic idea behind the theory propounded.
An important aspect that is hidden in this division of chapters is that for the ordinary who don’t understand lofty truths, they can attain their purpose of life through performing their prescribed functions ,'Svadharma',those who reach a level of maturity ,can practice the teachings of the next stage,Bhakti or devotion and unswerving faith in the Lord, those who detach themselves from this mortal world of sufferings usually practice the third method, the fountainhead of the Gita,the Jnana Yoga or the art of self-realization.
But Gita has profound truths that each one can follow. Lamenting about the past happenings is futile as is worrying about what there is in store for us in the future .It is the present which matters a lot, to fulfill one’s own duties and responsibilities as a being working in a world filled with men and material. The chief truth of the Gita is that one may not get what one wishes for, but one will definitely be bestowed with what he is worthy of based on his deeds.
The Gita talks on a range of issues relating to normal human life and suggests solutions to the problems in those issues.Desire; Humans are always in search of fulfilling their every desire and in the process of it, have a hierarchy of inventing new desires if one is fulfilled. But this is not the truth. As there is no end to desires, it is important to be content with what one has earned with his own efforts. Endless desires cause endless sorrow.
Diet: It is necessary to intake food for sustenance of one’s own self. The food one consumes to the sustenance of this body should be a healthy food. Note that this is not a desire but, longing for tasty food and if one doesn’t get it, feeling that life is a waste without delicious diet is a mistake. It is at the same time, to eat anything you feel tasty and a variety food is not good as there are higher goals than these mundane desires.
Dress: As one lives in a civilized world, it is essential to wear a dress or clothes to cover ourselves as we need to maintain our self-respect. But desiring to wear flashy, costly clothes thinking that those give one respect and enhance his/her social position and if one doesn’t subscribe to this view, one doesn’t get respect in the society is a misconception. To think that one’s respect is dependent on his attire is a mistake and to lament that one doesn’t have flashy clothes will make one more sorrowful and sad. Hence being content with what one has is the key to the happiness of life.
Happiness: Everyone looks for happiness in life, without any sorrow. Happiness in reality, is of two types, one the ethereal, temporary happiness and the other, the eternal happiness that one experiences when one realizes the God and derives the atmanubhava, self-realization. This self-realization comes with controlling the senses and the mind .The solution that the Gita suggests for attaining eternal bliss and self contentment, is to get more contemplative on the inner self and try to train yourself from not getting drifted towards sense pleasures. For this, meditation helps a lot as it keeps one’s mind under constant contemplation on one object and that object should be God. The state of contented mind dawns on one if he practices this dhyana yoga continuosly. Hence; this is the key for a happy mind and a happy life, according to the Gita.