The Bhagavad Gita For 2021.

s 2021 commences with worrying developments and continuing global situations of controversial and suppressive/censored natures, people become frustrated at the lack of transparency and honest addressing of immensely problematic realities directly consequential to billions around the world. During such times, people look for an anchor or foundation of life principles upon which they can make a semblance of sense of what feels like a world gone even madder than they previously thought was possible.

Many are now turning to spiritual writings for such foundational guidelines and any available exponents of comfort, of which the major religions each have their different, but essentially the same regarding core message, unique versions.

For those familiar with the Bhagavad Gita, may these verses serve as a healthy reminder. For those unfamiliar with the Gita, may a further understanding of its essential messages result in profound personal positive benefit. The Bhagavad Gita is considered one of the gems of Hindu literature, estimated as regards its origin at 200 B.C.

The poem is a dialogue between Prince Arjuna and Vishnu, the Supreme God, incarnated as Krishna, and wearing the disguise of a charioteer.

Also known as the Gita – “The Song of God” is a practical guide for readers to re-organize their lives, achieve inner peace and approach the Supreme (the Ultimate Reality).

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The following verses from the Bhagavad Gita are meant to serve as a summary, and as an encouragement for moving forward to read and absorb the full text, – with the hope being the receipt of good answers to unbelievably difficult questions on the minds of billions of people at this time on Earth.

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Lord Krishna said: You grieve for those who are not worthy of grief, and yet speak words of wisdom. The wise grieves neither for the living nor for the dead.

Just as the soul acquires a childhood body, a youth body, and an old age body during this life; similarly, the soul acquires another body after death. This should not delude the wise.

The one who thinks that the Spirit is a slayer, and the one who thinks the Spirit is slain, both are ignorant. Because the Spirit neither slays nor is slain.

Just as a person puts on new garments after discarding the old ones; similarly, the living entity or the individual soul acquires new bodies after casting away the old bodies.

All beings are unmanifest, or invisible to our physical eyes before birth and after death. They manifest between the birth and the death only. What is there to grieve about?

Treating pleasure and pain, gain and loss, and victory and defeat alike, engage yourself in your duty. By doing your duty this way you will not incur sin.

You have control over doing your respective duty only, but no control or claim over the results. The fruits of work should not be your motive, and you should never be inactive.

Do your duty to the best of your ability, O Arjuna, with your mind attached to the Lord, abandoning worry and selfish attachment to the results, and remaining calm in both success and failure. The selfless service is a yogic practice that brings peace and equanimity of mind.

A Karma-yogi or the selfless person becomes free from both vice and virtue in this life itself. Therefore, strive for selfless service. Working to the best of one’s abilities without becoming selfishly attached to the fruits of work is called Karma-yoga or Seva.

A person whose mind is unperturbed by sorrow, who does not crave pleasures, and who is completely free from attachment, fear, and anger, is called an enlightened sage of steady intellect.

Restless senses, O Arjuna, forcibly carry away the mind of even a wise person striving for perfection.

One should fix one’s mind on God with loving contemplation after bringing the senses under control. One’s intellect becomes steady when one’s senses are under complete control.

One develops attachment to sense objects by thinking about sense objects. Desire for sense objects comes from attachment to sense objects, and anger comes from unfulfilled desires.

Because the mind, when controlled by the roving senses, steals away the intellect as a storm takes away a boat on the sea from its destination – the spiritual shore of peace and happiness.

One attains peace, within whose mind all desires dissipate without creating any mental disturbance, as river waters enter the full ocean without creating any disturbance. One who desires material objects is never peaceful.

Continue reading “The Bhagavad Gita For 2021.”

Gandhi’s Grandson: “Humanity Cannot Find Peace Through Violence.”

Posted on October 4, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“The Bhagavad Gita is a true scripture of the human race, a living creation rather than a book, with a new message for every age and a new meaning for every civilization.”

– SRI AUROBINDO (1872-1950) Indian philosopher 

GitaThe grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, told viewers of RT that wars and killings have become outdated concepts/means of resolving conflicts. His grandfather is known the world over for his use of nonviolence as a weapon for justice and beneficial social change, having rallied the people of India to use nonviolence in that nation’s successful effort to gain independence from British rule. Arun Gandhi told RT viewers that nonviolence is not only a tactic for use now and then when required to bring about resolution to conflicts and differences, but a way of living.

He noted the world belongs to all, not just for powerful nations or groups of people, and that a major factor in today’s global situation is the exploitation by powerful nations of weaker nations in the form of economic and political colonialism. Asked who is responsible for today’s wars and violence, Arun Gandhi responded “everybody, all of humanity”. Powerful nations’ exploitation of weaker nations’ natural resources is a large factor, perhaps the largest cause, which leads to the problems of war and violence, and one can see how this is the case in the energy-rich Middle East, Africa, and other regions around the world.

Arun Gandhi, like his famous grandfather, believes understanding, love, respect, and acceptance of each other as human beings is the way to overcome differences and reduce both the number and destructive intensity of wars, killings, and the human misery that accompanies unnecessary military conflict. Just when those world leaders who receive the greatest amount of attention from the media around the Earth will begin to advocate for that same view/philosophy remains unknown, but surely most men, women, and children of the world – especially those who have experienced the direct, horrific consequences of war and violence where they live – hold out hope it is sooner than later.

For those hopes to become realized, first the world’s leaders, and all people everywhere, must speak the complete truth on every occasion, while citizens remain vigilant in their demanding only the 100%, absolute truth from themselves and those in leadership positions. Without true understanding and awareness of accurate details, circumstances, and aspects of especially major situations where consequences for people are severe, a reliable basis for good, beneficial, improvement-generating resolutions does not become established. So, the truth, and a global, uncompromising, resolve to accept nothing less than full transparency is of paramount importance now.

Arun Gandhi warns of World War III unless all of humanity recognizes responsibility for overcoming war and violence resides in not only the powerful leaders, but all people everywhere.

The Bhagavad Gita was Mahatma Gandhi’s bible, and he always carried a copy of it with him. From Chapter 17 of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna told Arjuna, “Listen as I explain the threefold nature of faith inherent in the embodied self – lucid, passionate, and darkly inert”.

“The faith each man has, Arjuna, follows his degree of lucidity; a man consists of his faith, and as his faith is, so is he”.

“Men of lucidity sacrifice to the gods; men of passion, to spirits and demons; the others, men of dark inertia, sacrifice to corpses and to ghosts”.

“Men who practice horrific penances that go against traditional norms are trapped in hypocrisy and individuality, overwhelmed by the emotion of desire”.

“Without reason, they torment the elements composing their bodies, and they torment me within them; know them to have demonic resolve”.

“Food is also of three kinds, to please each type of taste; sacrifice, penance, and charity likewise divide in three ways”.

“Foods that please lucid men are savory, smooth, firm, and rich; they promote long life, lucidity, strength, health, pleasure, and delight”.

“Passionate men crave foods that are bitter, sour, salty, hot, pungent, harsh, and burning, causing pain, grief, and sickness”.

“The food that please men of dark inertia is stale, unsavory, putrid, and spoiled, leavings unfit for sacrifice”.

“A sacrifice is offered with lucidity when the norms are kept and the mind is focused on the sacrificial act, without craving for its fruit”.

“But a sacrifice is offered with passion, Arjuna, when it is focused on the fruit and hypocrisy is at play”.

“A sacrifice is governed by dark inertia when it violates the norms – empty of faith, omitting the ritual offering of food and chants and gifts”.

“Honoring gods, priests, teachers, and wise men, being pure, honest, celibate, and nonviolent is called bodily penance”.

“Speaking truth without offense, giving comfort, and reciting sacred lore is called verbal penance”.

“Mental serenity, kindness, silence, self-restraint, and purity of being is called mental penance”.

“This threefold penance is lucid when men of discipline perform it with deep faith, without craving for reward”.

“Wavering and unstable, performed with hypocrisy, to gain respect, honor, and worship, that penance is called passionate”.

“Performed with deluded perception, self-mortification, or sadism, such penance has dark inertia”.

“Given in due time and place to a fit recipient who can give no advantage, charity is remembered as lucid”.

“But charity given reluctantly, to secure some service in return or to gain a future reward, is remembered as passionate”.

“Charity given out of place and time to an unfit recipient, ungraciously and with contempt, is remembered for its dark inertia”.

“OM, TAT, SAT: ‘That is the real’ – this is the triple symbol of the infinite spirit that gave a primordial sanctity to priests, sacred lore, and sacrifice”.

“OM – knowers of the infinite spirit chant it as they perform acts of sacrifice, charity, and penance prescribed by tradition”.

“TAT – men who crave freedom utter it as they perform acts of sacrifice, charity, and penance, without concern for reward”.

“SAT – it means what is real and what is good, Arjuna; the word SAT is also used when an action merits praise”.

“SAT is steadfastness in sacrifice, in penance, in charity; any action of this order is denoted by SAT”.

“But oblation, charity, and penance offered without faith are called ASAT, for they have no reality here or in the world after death”.  

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(RT – YouTube)