Integrating timeless wisdom in your life
As a child of four years, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar amazed everybody by chanting verses from The Bhagavad Gita on his own. He will be speaking on The Bhagavad Gita in the Art of Living International center, Bangalore during the months of May and June ‘13.
The Bhagavad Gita’s relevance today
The Bhagavad Gita (the Song Divine) is considered to be the epitome of all Vedic scriptures and the storehouse of spiritual knowledge. It is the conversation that took place between Lord Krishna and Arjuna over 5000 years ago and contains a treasure of spirituality, wisdom and inspiration.
This Song Divine continues to guide humanity even after thousands of years, teaching the art of living skillfully and realizing one’s own supreme nature. Every generation and age type will find something useful in The Bhagavad Gita.
It is said that The Bhagavad Gita is happening in our lives every day. In our lives, many times we might find that we are stuck somewhere. If we examine a period in our life closely, we will find that it corresponds to a particular chapter in The Bhagavad Gita. We could be in despondency, caught up in action or seeking answers, swayed by cravings and aversions; or our life could be in Yoga, knowledge, devotion and service.
People say, Lord Krishna in The Bhagvad Gita provides a path, a solution, no matter wherever one is stuck in life.
About The Bhagvad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is found in the ancient scripture of Mahabharata and consists of 700 verses in 18 chapters. It is considered to contain the essence of the Upanishads. The Bhagavad Gita deals with supreme knowledge while also addressing topics such as yoga, right attitude, skillful action, meditation, dispassion, devotion, life, death and liberation.
The scene of The Bhagavad Gita is a battle field where the cousins - Pandavas and Kouravas are facing off on a massive war. Lord Krishna, the embodiment of divine is the charioteer of Pandava prince Arjuna. Arjuna surveys the battle field and he sees that his own kith and kin - cousins, uncles, great grandfather who he had grown up with are arrayed on the enemy side. Arjuna is filled with despondency and anguish. He refuses to fight the battle, preferring to walk away and renounce the world.
Lord Krishna, the embodiment of divinity, knows that this is a “Dharma Yuddha”, a battle that has to be fought to usher in peace and a new era on the earth. Lord Krishna recognizes Arjuna’s predicament and skillfully extricates Arjuna from despair and despondency, urging him to perform his duty without desiring the fruit of action. In the subsequent chapters, Lord Krishna goes on to enlighten Arjuna on the supreme reality, life, the nature of creation, mind, action, the three gunas, etc.
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