The advent of time and new modern trends have made people to arbitrarily follow their own defined set of rules and standards. Due to the fierce competitive struggle and endless hectic schedule, people are laying aside the inspirational teachings of ancient times. Bhagavat Geeta, being one of the most popular of the ancient texts, contains inspirational sayings of Lord Krishna and treated as a great synthesis of ideas to tackle life problems. For millennia, it has inspired millions of saints, leaders, scientists, philosophers and ordinary people worldwide. It presents a synthesis of the concept of Dharma, theistic Bhakti and the yogic ideals of Moksha.
Following are the top inspirational sayings from Bhagavat Geeta that everyone should follow to live a peaceful and happy life:
- Whatever happened was good, what’s happening, it’s going well, whatever will happen, will also be good. You need not have any regrets from the past. Do not worry for the future. Live in the present.
Why are we constantly worrying for a thing or event that has not gone well? Everything happens for a reason. Even after our hard work and efforts, if something didn’t work out as per our expectations, then it was bound to happen that way. We also need to understand that nothing is permanent. So, if we are going through a bad phase, we need to have faith in God’s action.
- The offering of wisdom is better than any material offering.
It is easy to offer materialistic things to the people around us. It is not a big deal whether we are offering a big car or precious jewellery to our loved ones as these things will not soothe their minds during difficult times. Materialistic things are temporary; but wisdom and knowledge stays with us forever till our last breath.
- You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work.
One thing that we often hear in our daily life is “Karm Karo Fal Ki Chinta Mat Kro”. In the modern world, everyone is facing neck to neck competition, adopting a goal-driven perspective and keep thinking about the results. According to Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta, one should never engage in action for the sake of reward. It is also said that those who are motivated only by the desire for the fruits of action are miserable, for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do.
- No one should abandon duties because he sees defects in them. Every action, every activity, is surrounded by defects as a fire is surrounded by smoke.
Everyone should have faith in the work they are doing. Many people have the potential to reach heights but after getting unsatisfied results during the initial period, a sense of disappointment starts taking home in mind. Even if you are facing some obstacles in reaching your goals or finding defects in your duties, it should be completed with utmost dedication.
- It is better to perform one’s own duties imperfectly than to master the duties of another.
We are entitled to only perform those activities that match our knowledge and position, even if it is done in an imperfect way. Due to the influence of attraction, lust, greed or fear someone goes against his nature and perform jobs for which his nature doesn’t permit.
- There are three gates to this self-destructive hell – lust, anger, and greed. Renounce these three.
Historical events like Ramayan and Mahabharata are the legendry examples of the destructive nature of these three elements i.e. Kama, Krodh and Lobh. Unreasonable craving for these three things have even resulted in the destruction of the mighty king of demons, Ravan. Same effect is witnessed in Mahabharata.
- Calmness, gentleness, silence, self-restraint, and purity: these are the disciplines of the mind.
Success is attained by those, whose minds are disciplined and focused. If a mind is restless, one would not be able to focus on goals, the actions turned out to be useless and this will lead to a major downfall.
- Neither in this world nor elsewhere is there any happiness in store for him who always doubts.
A doubtful man can never be at peace and is one of the main reasons behind unhappiness.