5 Great Quotes from the Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is a short story during the epic battle of Mahabharata. The Gita (literally translated as story) is a dialogue between Arjuna (warrior) and Krishna, who was driving the chariot (Lord). Their conversation is a synthesis of yoga, philosophy, karma, liberation and the principles of dharma or cosmic order.
The book is extremely rich in lessons told through a beautiful story. Today I wanted to share 5 quotes that you can apply to your life today.
1. "If you want to see brave, look at those that can forgive"
Forgiveness can be a daunting task, but it's a noble one. When we have the ability to forgive others we have surrendered our ego because the need to forgive others for their wrongdoings gives us peace. In other words, we are no longer holding onto the past - nor do we wish the situation we endured was any different.
2. "Far better to live your own path imperfectly, than to live another's path perfectly."
Finding our identity, self-worth and purpose can be hard. It's natural for us to want to emulate others that have done great things in the world. It's great to learn from these people, but being authentic makes your life meaningful. Once you start accepting yourself as you are, others will too and however imperfect your path - it's still your path.
3. “The happiness which comes from long practice, which leads to the end of suffering, which at first is like poison, but at last like nectar - this kind of happiness arises from the serenity of one's own mind.”
Anything good in life comes with hard work and sacrifice. Whether at work, cultivating a relationship or reaching fitness goals - to have progress in anything takes sweat and tears. Once you achieve a goal you will be thankful for all the work you put in.
4. “Perform all work carefully, guided by compassion.”
When we work compassionately we give permission to those receiving our service to show compassion as well. Compassion simply means showing concern for others. Work will take a good portion of our life but we have a choice on how to conduct ourselves. If we start to be a service to others our work will have purpose - no matter what it is. Being mindful of our work helps us do it more carefully and gracefully. Others will take notice to the care and attention to detail you provide because it is of value.
5. “Feelings of heat and cold, pleasure and pain, are caused by the contact of the senses with their objects. They come and they go, never lasting long. You must accept them.”
Most of us don't have a hard time accepting pleasure, but pain is another story. The moment when we can look at all feelings and situations as temporary then the roller coaster of life starts to take on a different depth of meaning. No feeling or situation we have is forever. Everything will eventually pass. So the next time you're sad, worried, stressed or angry - just know that it will pass like all things.
We hope some of these quotes help you with your day. If you're interested in reading the Gita here is a great reference from amazon.com.
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