What are Lessons from the Bhagavad-Gita?

gitalogoThe universe is already infused with a spirituality and significance. We only have to open our eyes to see it for what it is.

The universe is a vast, organic entity that in itself is divine. As part of this cosmic whole, individuals are already transcendent, already divine.

Each spiritual life has its place and its own kind of beauty. Thus our actions are significant and meaningful.

The Bhagavad-Gita introduces Krishna,  a teacher who represents the divine universe.

Krishna teaches that deep knowledge enables us to make right decisions. Inaction is never a choice; the only choice is to act wisely for the higher good.

Disciplined action is essential. We are to be warriors for justice and right action. There is much in our lives that we can’t control, but we can control our actions. Relinquish attachment to outcome and instead focus on wise choices and correct, disciplined action. This is the path to freedom.

The word “yoga” means discipline to accomplish things. The yoga of action teaches us to restrain ourselves from selfish goals or desires and push through to victory and strength.

 

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What are the FIVE Yamas of YOGA?

 

“Ahimsa pratishthayam tat vaira-tyagah”

Ahimsa: First do no harm in thought, speech or action towards all others – compassion over violence.

“Satya pratisthayam kriya phala ashrayatvam”

Satya: Be vulnerable and thoughtful enough to always speak the truth- don’t lie, while keeping in mind- Ahimsa (first do no harm).

“Asteya pratisthayam sarva ratna upasthanam”

Asteya: Do not take what is not freely given – don’t steal. This encourages generosity and minimizes greed (Lobha).

“Brahmacharya pratisthayam virya labhah”

Brahmacharya: Be aware of your true nature, your inner infinite conciousness, your spiritual glow which strengthens you from within. Don’t identify with the body and it’s addictions and excesses – find balance.

“Aparigraha sthairye janma kathanta sambodhah”

Aparigraha: Live simply- let go of attachment to things, negativity, perfectionism and outcomes. Be aware of what you really need and lose attachment to the rest.