This article is 1st in the series of 8 articles which will bring out ‘lessons for today’s youth from Bhagwad Gita’. Converging these lessons onto the ways; you live your life- shall bring ‘Spiritual & Material Magic’ in it. Sure — you shall enjoy; as the descriptions and examples are contemporary. While you read — you may see solutions to your ‘living well problems’. Jai Sri Krishna!!

Introducing Gita: which needs no introduction

Bhagwad gita means song of the Spirit, song of the Lord. With 18 chapters and 700 verses, it is the shortest and earliest, yet the most comprehensive literary work ever written in the history of mankind. Covering every aspect of human life, it ensures that it has answers for every philosophical question a man can raise. The Bhagwad-Gita can be experienced as a powerful catalyst for transformation. It has become a secret driving force behind the unfolding of one’s life. In the days of doubt this divine book supports all spiritual searches. For those who understand it, Gita contributes to reflecting on the self, developing finer feelings and deepening one’s inner process.

The Bhagwad Gita is a dialogue between Lord Krishna (Parmatma) and Arjuna(Jeeva). It was preached in the battle field of Kurukshetra by Lord Krishna to Arjuna as counseling to do his duty while multitudes of men stood by waiting. Arjuna had become grief stricken and refused to fight his own family members. He believed it to be unrighteous to kill his elders, brothers, teachers, family members for the sake of glory. It was then that Lord Krishna enlightened him with the highest truths of life through the holy Gita.

THE FIRST LESSON:

We may wonder, why the Gita was preached in a battlefield when it preaches peace. Gita represents the deeper conflicts within us, the war that rages inside every soul. We all have a Kurukshetra within us. Don’t we feel this Kurukshetra daily within us ? Sachin’s guru Satya Sai leaving this Earth on his birthday and he having to play the match for his team is what all of us saw recently.

The human psyche has a lower self (kauravas) and a higher self (arjuna and pandavas). Our ignorance (avidyaa) is King Dhritarashtra! The In-Dwellerdwelling in our heart is Lord Krishna, the charioteer! The body is our chariot! The senses (indriyaas) are the horses. Our ego, pride, greed, hypocrisy, lust, jealousy, likes & dislikes, etc. are our dire enemies! It is a war between virtue and vice, between right and easy. Arjuna’s breakdown at the face of war, his bewilderment about right and wrong in the face of intractable perplexity- these are situations we face daily. How often we face these myriads of dilemmas! We are always at our wit’s end when it comes to the troubles in our life. It becomes so difficult to choose that we give up even before putting an honest effort. Gita teaches us that, it is when we are hardest hit that we must not quit. Instead, we must gather ourselves, rise and shine by making the right choice and not the easy choice. Had Arjuna not fought that day and the Kauravas would have won, Bharatvarsha would have surely been destroyed by the atrocious rulers.

The choices that we have in life are never between right and wrong, but between right and easy. Doing the right is not always easy or pleasant. And by not choosing the right, we bring vice, not only upon ourselves, but others as well. And this is what Lord Krishna explained to Arjuna: “Partha! Fighting this battle, fighting your family members on the other side, is not unrighteousness. It is your karma, your kshatriya dharma, to fight injustice and restore peace and harmony. Be it anyone in front of you, you have to fight for truth and justice.”

THE BEST EXAMPLE:

Lord Krishna’s life itself has the perfect example of making a choice between right and easy; temptation and duty. The saga of love between Krishna and Radha is an epic in itself. It signifies the strongest temptation in man’s life in the form of insatiable desires. But we have to overcome them. Lord Krishna had to choose between Radha and Rukmini (his wife). Choosing Radha would have been so easy, and Rukmini so right. And he chose the right path, thereby setting an example for all of us. It is not just about choosing the right partner or choosing the right option. Rather, this philosophy pertains to choosing the right path.

The famous poem “The Road Not Taken” by the famous author Robert Frost has everything to do with this lesson from the Gita. Those who have read it must have known: there will always be two roads diverging in a yellow wood. It is up to us; choosing the one less travelled by (the right one) or choosing the one with more footsteps to follow (the easy one).

Unfortunately everything around us is trying to make it ‘EASY’ & is asking us to do it from the heart. Movies , Advertisements, Society everything tells us to do that way e.g. A dialogue from the movie ‘Knock Out’ ; which I saw becoming the FACEBOOK status of many a youth – :

’ Jo bhi karna apne dil se karna kyunki dil waise left main hota hai lekin hamesha right hota hai’.

When most things / concepts around us train us to do the ‘EASY'; then why should we expect people around us to do the ‘RIGHT’ with us? Why & How ??? :)

It is OK to do it from the heart; if it is ‘Right’ else Heart in modern times usually says the ‘EASY STUFF’. Real power is in doing the ‘RIGHT'; not the ‘EASY’…. ‘EASY to har koi kar letaa hai’ . It is so easy to let ur mind do the ‘EASY'; the trick is to zabardasti develop a habit to zabardasti do ‘what is right’ & not ‘what is easy’. My favourite: what Spiderman said –

“Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice. We can choose to be the best of ourselves. It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right.”

Rise & Shine !!

Akash

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  • http://aapkamitrgss.blogspot.com Gurnam Singh

    waiting for the next part…. :)

  • http://arunima21.wordpress.com Arunima

    Superb !! :)

  • Akhil

    it’s a super duper

  • Pooja

    Simply superb…….really enlightning one….Thanku sir thanku so much for sharing this…..even i was perplexed to kno what to do…..tym to introspect myself n choose the right path not easy one…..:)

  • Jaya

    Very well put together Akash… esp the part about choosing b/w right & wrong or right & easy. Love it!!

    • http://akashgautam.wordpress.com Akash Gautam

      Thanks Jaya …

      Glad u liked . You , yourself are a God gifted soul. Why dont u guest Blog here . It will help / enable you to reach out to more people with your fantastic message of ‘Spiritual energy’ …

      We will talk about it on phone…

      Thanks

  • http://akashgautam.wordpress.com Akash Gautam

    Thank you ji ; for all your kind words… The sequel articles should follow soon …

    Be your Best !! This is the time to DO – ‘All that you have thinking of Doing’… No other time …

    Rise & Shine !!
    Akash

  • utkarsh saran

    My charioteer(heart) is very much eager to see the next work on your site. Now I can say that there are still some people on this earth who wish to do good for others. thank you my GURU!!

  • Rishabh

    Thank u sir for dis……waitin for next part.!!

  • kamaljeet singh

    its good

  • arshi pandey

    i m moved by this lesson….vry excited n eagerly waiting for the next part .
    regards.

  • ashima malhotra

    its g8 & true..:):)thnks 4 ths …

  • shivendra

    easy to understand and admire these words but much difficult to implement,

  • shivendra

    with a world full of wrong choices its easy to admire around
    great job akash

    • Sandeep

      Thanks a lot Akaash for such a nice article.

  • N.Ramakrishnan

    our actions, i.e to do the right thing or the easy thing are not only governed by our conscience, but also what the society tells us to do…and sometime it becomes very difficult to do the same.

  • Raghvendra

    kya likhte ho guru… thsts inspirational and spritually so soul-awakening..lets c whts in store for next epi>..

  • http://devanshukashyap.wordpress.com devanshukashyap

    nice article :)

  • reetika verma

    waiting for another lesson wid live examples like above

  • reetika verma

    waitin fr next lesson wid all d live examples as above

  • Rashmi Singh

    That was indeed very insightful! as always! first things first, I am a big fan!
    But I have a doubt. All this sounds so right for competent , intelligent people. What about mediocre people? Should they take the risk of taking the path less traveled? Isn’t it a safer bet for them to go on the tried and tested route? Sir, we have to accept that not everyone is blessed. And people do realize what they are after a certain time in life.
    Hoping for a response/suggestion soon!

    • http://akashgautam.wordpress.com Akash Gautam

      Hi Rashmi..

      That’s a v valid question. But, life is lived on the edge; else you are taking too much space :).. we are mediocre when we don’t risk something to get what we want out of life.

      You are blessed as long as you feel so and WORK for it… Do not quit ever. The regret of not having tried for the one thing u wanted in life is something very hard to come over.

      So, effort maaro…

      Regards

      Akash

  • Manoj

    Sir, just like the dialogue u have spotted out of ‘knock out’ movie, nowadays there are numerous movies where wrong guidelines are given wid confidence, without any careful contemplation,we must condemn such movies.

  • ashwani agarwal

    this is a unique and best way to provide true knowledge to the youth

  • Akanksha Chouhan

    nice write up but sir
    taking risks is one things but keeping with it even if one dont succeed isnt it foolishness …i mean no matter how much we say do watever u feel like doing society ki mat socho but at some point in life u hav to ans the ppl around and if not you den ppl realted to you are answerable to the society ….so in that case what should be done ……..

  • http://www.facebook.com/SANTUSINGH4 Maddy Singh

    dis blog makes my morning awesome, now i m feeling better dan past.:)

  • Koyel

    The famous poem “The Road Not Taken” by the famous author Robert Frost has everything to do with this lesson from the Gita. Those who have read it must have known: there will always be two roads diverging in a yellow wood. It is up to us; choosing the one less travelled by (the right one) or choosing the one with more footsteps to follow (the easy one).

    Isn’t the right and the left one swapped??

    • Koyel

      ignore plzz..

  • Deb

    People read, see, hear good motivational things from speakers and thinkers, all this may be called as THEORY. But when it comes to APPLICATION and breaking then notional chain of conditioning why do they fail. Akash you are good, you have understood it for yourself, you could rise above your limitations and temptations, and now you are trying to propagate to greater masses. Swami Vivekananda did it 120 years ago, and many others since ages but then why our society has still not changed and why there is so misery around, why….

  • Rahul Sharma

    Currently jitne bhi mahatma or Sadhu hai india mein, Un Sab ki Jagah Akash Sir ki mentality type bande ko hona Chahiye..
    U know Why…
    Gyan ki Baatein sabse jyada hongi , Kam Samay mein Hongi aur Logon ka Bot Sa Paisa aur Samay Bhi Bachega…. !!
    Blind faith bahut had taq remove ho jayega:)

  • anjali chaurasia

    i always get confused regardng which path i need to take n get throught it to work upon .plzz help me.

  • Salman Saudagar

    hello sir,
    i agree with you but there comes comes some scenarios in life when an individual finds a great difficulty in distinguishing between right and wrong. all it feels like everything is right. he finds him helpless, decision less then what should one do under these conditions?

  • Aryan Oberoi

    Akash sir,all i want to say is that you’re the awesomest,and very insightful indeed!

    P.S The link that leads to the second part of this shows “Page not found”… :(

  • Nidhi Khaitan

    I have always went tough on myself. Doing zabardasti the right thing. And I have never regretted it. But… A decision to change office due to unfavourable circumstances affecting both heart and mind. Which was a real tough thing. But somehow this decision of mine haven’t been able to penetrate fully. I keep on thinking what if I didn’t ruin my perfect life like this. Though I’m currently in a work place I wanted to be in. But I feel emptiness and ill at ease.

    If you can help.. I need a reason that I can tell myself, to relax and live!!!

  • सचिन कपूर

    Taking the right path is full of obstacles. Sometimes we chose it over easy. Obstacles are not the big issue but waiting for the long time is a big deal. Usually the wait becomes so long that it becomes too difficult to stick with it.

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