“When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-Gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day.” – Mahatma Gandhi
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the greatest Religious Spiritual Book. Considered to be a doctrine of universal truth, it has long been influencing people not only of India but also overseas. As sage VedVyasa is known for writing Mahabharata, Gita being part of it is also ascribed to him. In the epic Mahabharata, when cousin brothers Pandava and Kaurava are about to fight among themselves for the throne of Hastinapur, Pandava prince Arjuna feels weak in the battleground when he sees his relatives, teachers and friends in the opposition. When the supreme personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna sees him loosing strength and willingness to fight, he gives him what is known as “Gita Gyan”.
Teachings of Bhagavad Gita are still applicable, even after about 5040 thousand years after it was written. These teachings are considered to be ultimate and encompasses each and every aspect of life.
What makes the Gita stand out as an incomparably brilliant gem is that it adopts a panentheistic attitude rather than a pantheistic one. This means, that the Gita completely accepts the philosophy that God is the Universe and everything that we see in it. But it also goes one step ahead and proclaims that God is everything, plus something more that we normally do not perceive. What is that something more?Panentheism expounds the theory of God as being a Supreme Force that is greater than the Universe itself – that He is a Synergy. Not only that, it says that God is affected by both gross and subtle changes in the Universe, so He learns and evolves with the evolution in the Universe as well.
When we arespiritually grounded, it is no longer necessary to always try to convince others of our self-worth, or of our social status, or of trying to make it into the right clique or group of people. We become convinced of who we are. We work in our own way to provide a contribution to society, to make something of ourselves that has meaning, beyond the typical superficialities and meaningless and worldly gossip that occupy the minds of most youth and adults today. We know that as long as we keep working in our own way, both intellectually and spiritually, attaining the skills that will enable us to do something significant, that our time will come when we can make a mark on this world in our own sphere of influence, which may continue to expand from there. To encapsulate: it synchronies us with this saying of Mahatma Gandhi ,“Be the change you want to see in others
This attitude of the Gita if taken into consideration all practical aspects of life, without relying wholly and solely on the karma theory of pantheism , can bring wonders in our life and around.