The essence of all important teachings of bhagavad gita that would mesmerize you for ever.
Amongst most important teachings of Bhagavad Gita laid the fact that we are primarily cosmic consciousness… termed soul atman that manifested human form to work out its karma… remove dross impurities within. As no soul atman could purify self of its own… it always needs a body… a medium to cleanse self of dross impurities within.
The second important teaching of Bhagavad Gita whirled around the world of souls’ atmans. No sooner big bang occurred… all pure souls atmans got mired in impurities. To cleanse self of dross impurities within started cosmic life cycle of every soul atman. In its lifetime… every soul atman manifests a total of 8.4 million manifestations… that entailed an earthly sojourn of 96.4 million years. In 8.4 millionth manifestation… every soul atman finally reached cosmic end of life.
Karma played the governing role in purification of souls’ atmans. In absence of karma life carried no meaning in cosmic system. The evolution of life in cosmic system was facilitated by karma. Unless life forms including human beings indulged in karma… life would never move ahead in cosmos. Just by remaining inert human beings achieved nothing in life. We had to indulge in karma… no matter what! Karma was primarily inbuilt into every form of life.
As per Bhagavad Gita human form carried immense importance. It is only in human form every soul atman finally reached logical end of life. Human form is the highest manifest stage in cosmic life cycle. Human form is the highest stage of evolution in cosmic life cycle. In the human form highest stage of evolution is reaching stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) forever. Even though 70 to 80 years of human life carried no meaning in vast expanse of cosmic life still, it was only in human form every soul atman finally liberated self from cycle of birth and death forever.
Death as per Bhagavad Gita was only transient… ephemeral that facilitated movement of life from one phase of life to another. Unless death occurred in cosmic system… life simply could not evolve any further. Only after death of present body… our soul atman, the spirit within manifested another life form. In absence of death in cosmic system… the whole system would become stagnant… unworkable.
Can a human being successfully translate Bhagavad Gita… a sacred holy text as abstract as it could ever be! As many human beings… as many different interpretations of Bhagavad Gita could there be. In the circumstances… to expect a correct Bhagavad Gita translation was totally out of question. No scriptural text belonging to any religion of world could ever be translated. All the attempted translations of scriptural texts never conveyed the intended abstract meaning.
Bhakti in Hinduism was the path for reaching God in earlier times. But, in the present scientific age… path of jnana yoga (path of absolute wisdom) was necessitated for reaching God in present life. Not one but many sages and saints of different era gained enlightenment in their lifetime via path of bhakti yoga. Bhakti Hinduism demands absolute submission to God Almighty which in present times is almost impossible to achieve.
Jnana yoga of Hinduism is the path to gaining enlightenment in present life. The path of jnana yoga can only be traveled by following teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita. Path of jnana yoga is following path of jnana (wisdom) that necessitated contemplation on wisdom contained in scriptures of different religions of world.
Role of Krishna in Bhagavad Gita was that of creator. The doctrine of Bhagavad Gita was given to mankind by Lord Krishna in the battle of Mahabharata between Pandava and Kaurava Kings. The sermon of Bhagavad Gita was given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna to uphold values of dharma (righteousness) against evil forces of adharma (lawlessness). As per Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna was an avatar of his era (God manifest in human form).
Bhagavad Gita forms part of Hindu epic Mahabharata. The sermon of Bhagavad Gita was given to mankind by Lord Krishna in the historic battle of Mahabharata that was rightly termed as battle of dharma (righteousness).
Likewise bhakti yoga and jnana yoga… karma yoga also was the path to reaching God in present life. But God could not be realized through path of karma yoga alone. One had to ultimately travel path of jnana yoga to reach God. By karma yoga we meant path of nishkama karma yoga following which one offered fruits of all karma performed to God Almighty all the time. Unless we became a Nishkama Karma Yogi… we could not gain enlightenment (kaivalya jnana).
On the topic of moksha salvation… Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism is absolutely clear. Human beings could reach stage of moksha salvation only by following teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita. Even man gods like Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed finally gained enlightenment and then moksha salvation in their lifetime by following precepts contained in Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism.
Marriage was a very sacrosanct institution and Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism fully supports it. However for traveling spiritual path it was practice of Brahmacharya Vrata (bachelorhood) that was advocated by Bhagavad Gita. While remaining in Grihastha ashram (family life) it was extremely difficult to follow spiritual principles of life. Even Swami Vivekananda, an ardent follower of spirituality remained a bachelor throughout his life.
Practice of celibacy is integral part of spiritual life… something no spiritual traveler could do without. As per Bhagavad Gita unless one practiced celibacy in totality… one could never reach stage of enlightenment ever. However, meaning of celibacy… definition of celibacy was wrongly understood by most human beings world over.
Can a religious preacher or so-called spiritual master effectively conduct Bhagavad Gita classes or impart Bhagavad Gita lessons; one who had not yet reached God… gained enlightenment in life! It was just impossible for anyone to effectively organize Bhagavad Gita classes or Bhagavad Gita lessons as teachings of Bhagavad Gita could never be understood literally.
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