The post uploaded a few days ago was the last post on the Bhagavad Gita. Before wrapping up, I would like to enumerate below the key teachings of the Gita.
- The Gita points out the human problem of samsara, the sense of finitude that every human being suffers from.
- The solution to this problem cannot be arrived at by action because the results of action are finite. Instead, the solution is self-knowledge, the discovery of oneself as limitless awareness.
- The life-style for acquiring self-knowledge is the lifestyle of Karma Yoga.
- The components of Karma Yoga are:
- Identification of one’s life’s priorities with moksha (self-knowledge) as the ultimate priority.
- Work towards one’s desires in harmony with one’s life priorities and not merely one’s fancies or interests.
- Have an attitude of Ishwara arpanam buddhi. offer all actions as worship to Ishvara with respect to the work one does.
- Cultivate an attitude of prasada buddhi. accept all results as prasada (grace) from Ishvara with respect to the results of one’s action.
- The above two points depend one’s knowledge of Therefore, understanding Ishvara as unfolded in the Vedanta (Gita) is key.
- The emotional response to understanding is devotion/bhakti. Cultivate it with worship, etc.
- Understand and bring the 20 values enumerated in Chapter 13 into one’s life.
- Understand how a Satvic mind functions and make one’s own mind more
- Meditate to make one’s mind contemplative and to own up/assimilate the knowledge of the self.
- Understand and, if you so choose, take to sanyasa, a committed pursuit of self-knowledge. Taking sanyasa is optional and possible only if all priorities are fulfilled and moksha is the only remaining goal.
- If one has owned up self-knowledge i.e made it an integral part of one’s life, then one is a sanyasi irrespective of one’s life-style.
- Study the Gita and the posts that have been uploaded until you can find a living guru to study it with or use the blog to supplement your studies.
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