Sunday, May 26, 2024

The Bhagwat Gita

Written by Vansh Srivastava (Grade 9)

Amidst the war of Mahabharat, a thought strikes Arjun : “Am I doing the correct thing? Would I be able to succeed in the war?”. Legend has it, this thought gives birth to one of the most Inspirational writings mankind has ever seen.

The Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Hindu scripture written in Sanskrit, is a dialogue between Prince Arjun and Lord Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. It imparts timeless wisdom on duty, righteousness, and spirituality, guiding people through life’s challenges. Its teachings continue to inspire. Millions of devotees, like me! It is believed that knowledge of the Bhagwat Gita was analyzed and compiled by The Great Sage Ved Vyas, but hand-written directly by Lord Ganesh. The Gita is not exactly a religious book; rather, it is a book that gives us a way to live.

The Gita – which even though is more than thousands of years old – is still the most applicable book to date. The thoughts of Arjun perfectly reflect what goes on in the mind of each being, and the answers are personified as Krishna. Krishna acts as a mentor to Arjun and Guides him through the way, empowering him to make his own choices and do the right deeds. This is the significance that The Gita holds, which empowers and defines our characteristics as humans. Its teachings on karma (action), dharma (duty), and yoga (union) inspire individuals to lead ethical lives and pursue spiritual growth. Countless cultures are defined by the teachings of Krishna. The influence of the work is commendable.

The Little Stories and learnings from The Bhagwat Gita are what inspire me the most. I believe that it is one of the only books based on practical aspects of life and that it gives logical solutions which can still be used to this date. The Bhagwat Gita presents a beautiful Quote – “See the flower, how generously it distributes perfume and honey. It freely distributes its love to all and when it is done with its work, it falls away quietly. Try to be the flower, Arjun!” This gives us insight on the teachings of Gita. As a student, Gita is very helpful and teaches something invaluable; Let me explain. The Gita teaches one thing which no other book or person can teach, which is to overcome fear and failure. There is a famous shlok in the Bhagavad Gita where Krishna says not to focus on results. Lord Krishna always talked about doing the work without worrying about the outcome, as it is not in our hands.

The teachings of a book with 6000 words cannot be expressed in 400 words, so I would like to end it here with a famous saying – “Every page of the Bhagwat Gita holds the answers to all the questions in life”

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