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Simple Lessons From The Bhagavad Gita That Are All You Need To Know About Life

When a confused Arjuna turned to his charioteer, Lord Krishna, for advice at the Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna stated some rational philosophical concepts that are relevant even today. Bhagavad Gita is an epic scripture that has the answers to all our problems. It was considered a spiritual dictionary by Mahatma Gandhi and was a book of inspiration for many leaders of the Independence movement. Take a look at some of these life lessons you can use from the Gita to bring your life back on the right track.

1. Whatever happened, happened for the good. Whatever is happening, is happening for the good. Whatever will happen, will also happen for the good.

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So get over it. Whatever you’re sulking about, forget it. The job interview that didn’t go well, or the relationship that didn’t work was bound to happen and it happened. Everything happens for a reason. There is a reason you’re going through a bad phase and there is a reason you might be basking in glory - it’s a cycle and you need to quietly accept it. You need not worry about the future, nor should you pay attention to the past. You only have control over the present, so live it to the fullest.

2. You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work.

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‘Karm karo, phal ki chinta mat karo’ is the wisest message the Bhagwad Gita gives us. Today, we are working only for money, a better house, a car, and for a secure future. We are so goal-driven, that we do everything only on thinking about the results. For instance, we all work extra hours during our appraisal time, thinking that our bosses will rate us highly on our performance evaluation. This is something we need to avoid. Only because, if expectations are not met, pain is inevitable. Therefore, keep working and don’t expect anything in return.

3. Change is the law of the universe. You can be a millionaire, or a pauper in an instant.

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How true! Nothing is permanent in our lives. The earth keeps revolving, it does not stay stable; the day ends and the night follows; after humid summers follow relieving monsoons. This reinforces the fact that impermanence is the law of the universe. Therefore being proud of your wealth is a sign of immaturity, because it can vanish into thin air in a minute. Accepting change makes you coherent enough to face any tough situations in your life.

4. The soul is neither born, and nor does it die

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We can achieve nothing if fear is instilled within us. Fear kills ambition, dreams and even the slight chances of progress. A fearless soul has nothing to worry about, because it knows it cannot be caged, and nor can it be stopped. Thus, the fear of death is absurd, as our souls don’t die. Fear and worry are two enemies, that are deterrents to our well-being. We must strive to eradicate them from our minds completely.

5. You came empty handed, and you will leave empty handed.

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We get so attached to material things that we often forget that we won’t be taking them with us to the grave. We came stark naked into this world, and we will go without taking anything to our graves. Not even our phones! Attachment to material things is something we need to pay attention to, because we don’t possess things - things start possessing us. 

6. Lust, anger and greed are the three gates to self-destructive hell.

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Kama, krodh and lobh have done us no good. Unreasonable craving for sex will turn you into a pervert, anger will drive people away from you and greed will never let you be satisfied. 

7. Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.

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You are what you think you are. Your thoughts make and define you. If you think you’re a happy person, you become happy. If you let sad thoughts take over your mind, you tend to become a sad person. If you feel that you will nail a presentation in a meeting, then chances are that you will. However, if you’re not prepared and feel nervous then you might make a blunder. 

8. When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.

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We consider meditation boring. Who can sit still with their eyes closed and without vile thoughts? But we truly need to take out a few minutes from our busy schedules and sit in dhyana to attain inner peace. Whether it's a quiet corner of our cosy home, or just a secluded spit in office, closing your eyes and sitting in peace will give you immense peace of mind.

9. There is neither this world, nor the world beyond.  nor happiness for the one who doubts.

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Doubts create misunderstandings. They confuse you and fog your mind with unclear thoughts. They also bring indecisiveness and make you a coward. For instance, if you’re in a relationship and if you have doubts about your partner’s loyalty and love then you will never be able to take your relationship further. Love has no doubts. If it does, then it’s not love.

10. We’re kept from our goal not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.

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'Dream big' is the message here. If you’re dreaming about buying a house, you can’t keep it on hold by dreaming about a motorcycle. Although small goals are important, forgetting your ultimate goal will only stunt your growth. Don’t settle for less, strive hard to achieve the bigger goals.

11. A person can rise through the efforts of his own mind; or draw himself down, in the same manner. Because each person is his own friend or enemy.

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You’re your own best friend. If you have a problem, only you will have a solution to it, and not your friend. To find answers to your questions, you will have to look within. Seeking suggestions from ten different people who you call ‘friends’ is not going to help because they have ten solutions to one problem, whereas your solution is the ultimate answer. Believe in yourself.


Chankya`s explaination

Six evils that burn man even without fire

A wife and girl friend hold an important position in a man's life. When a man falls in love with a woman he cannot even think about a life without her and if they get separated he becomes hopeless in life.
According to Acharya Chanakya, a good man burns without fire in six conditions.
He said, separation from the wife, disgrace from one’s own people, and an enemy saved in battle, service to a wicked king, poverty, and a mismanaged assembly is the six kinds of evils, if afflicting a person, burn him even without fire.
Chanakya said that if a good man is caught in war by his enemy he feels disgraced and insulted throughout his life.
Similarly, if a man is insulted by his own people he gets hurt and suffers.
Also if a good man serves a wicked king he suffers throughout his life.

4 things that makes a man a good human being

A good person carries good thoughts while a bad person carries bad thoughts. This is how people differential between good and bad people.
According to Chanakya, as gold is tested in four ways by rubbing, cutting, heating and beating -- so a man should be tested by these four things: his renunciation, his conduct, his qualities and his actions.
Chanakya says as the value of gold is decided after it goes through all the tests, similarly, qualities, ability to sacrifice, karma and renunciation decides the value of man.
A person should not expect anything in return when he sacrifices for someone. A person like this is a good

Save your soul

A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode. -Chanakya
Every person born on this earth has to die one day. According to Chanakya, a man is great by deeds, not by birth.
He says, as long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant, try to save your soul; when death is imminent what can you do?
In order to keep the soul healthy one should indulge in good deeds and one should not trouble others. He says, once a person losses his health he cannot do anything and after death only a person's deeds are remembered.
Hence, once should always do good deeds and serve other people.

Key to happy life

It is true that nobody can change the past. But, some people keep thinking about what happened in the past and end up ruining their present and future.
According to Acharya Chanakya, a person who is always worried about whatever happened in the past can never be happy. One should learn from their past and move ahead in life.
He says, every person should make sure that he doesn’t repeat the mistakes committed in the past. Staying upset about something that happened will not serve any purpose.
Similarly, people should not get upset about some predictions that may happen in future.
Chanakya says, predicting future is impossible and there are high chances that the prophesies may prove false. Hence, a man should not worry about the past or the future and live in the present. Following this principle will keep a man happy throughout his life

Know your well-wisher

Many people would try to interefere in your life and advice you. These may be your family members or friends.
But, you cannot rely on all of them. People may have many well-wishers but there would be only a few whom you can trust.
According to Chanakya, a true well-wisher does not forsake us in time of need, misfortune, famine, war, in a king's court, or at the crematorium (smasana). These are the six situations where a person's honesty and loyalty towards you is tested.
He also has also said that a false friend and living in a house with a serpent mean nothing but death.

Never reveal your wife’s character

A wise man should not reveal his loss of wealth, the vexation of his mind, the misconduct of his own wife, base words spoken by others, and disgrace that has befallen him.
According to him, a wise man keeps his weakness secret. People who reveals his weakness is sure to land in trouble in future.
Anything that upsets us or inflicts agony should never be told to anyone.
Similarly, a person should never tell anyone about his financial status or his wife's misconduct.
Chanakya says a person should never tell anyone if a person of a low rank insults him.

The four habits that a person can never change

A man learns everything after birth. He takes up the good and bad habits from the environment he is brought up in.Every human being has some habits that he cannot change. According to acharya Chanakya every man has four habits that no one can teach him or change in him.
He said, generosity, pleasing address, courage and propriety of conduct are not acquired, but are inbred qualities.He said that nobody can make a person more generous or less generous. Similarly, a person who uses bitter tone since birth cannot change his habit ever.

Chanakya Niti

  • A wicked wife, a false friend, a saucy servant and living in a house with serpent in it are nothing but death.
  • Do not inhabit a country where you are not respected, cannot earn your livelihood, have no friends or cannot acquire knowledge.
  • Do not stay for a single day where there are not these five persons: A wealthy man, a brahmin well versed in vedic lore, a king, a river and a physician.
  • Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and wife in misfortune.
  • Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, women, and member of a royal family.
  • Separation from the wife, disgrace from one's own people, an enemy saved in battle, service to wicked king, poverty, and a mismanaged assembly: these six kinds of evils, if afflicting a person, burn him even without fire.
  • Tress on a riverbank, a woman in another man's house, and kings without counselors go without doubt to swift destruction.
  • Friendship between equals flourished, service under a king is respectable, it is good to be business-minded in public dealing, and a beautiful lady is safe in her home.
  • Of a rascal and a serpent, the serpent is the better of the two, for he strikes only at the time he is destined to kill, while the former at every step.
  • Give up a member to save a family, a family to save a village, a village to save a country, and the country to save yourself.
  • A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning like a mother does, loves him in the day like a sister does and pleases him like a prostitute in the night.
  • As long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant, try to save your soul, when death is immanent what can you do?
  • As a single withered tree, if set flame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
  • Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
  • The life of an uneducated man is as useless as the tail of a dog which neither covers its rear and, nor protect it from the bites of insects.
  • The fragrance of flowers only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.
  • The earth is supported by the power of truth; it is the power of truth that makes the sun shine and winds blow; indeed all things rest upon truth.
  • He who lives in our mind is near though he may actually be far away; but he who is not in our heart is far though he may really be nearby