BlogChatter A2Z Day 7 – Gita Saar

Hello everyone, hope your weekend was relaxing 🙂

While I was nudging myself for my next topic, I could not find anything else as a self-help measure than the holy script itself. The epic Bhagwad Gita and it’s summary.

If we go by the definition, then Gita Saar is a religious expert which narrates verses from the Bhagavad Gita that elaborates on yogic and Vedantic philosophies, with examples and analogies. In short, it’s a summary of the legendary Sanskrit scripture which is the part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

Mahabharata is an epic legendary narrative of the Kurukṣetra war and the fates of the Kaurava and the Pandava princes. It also contains philosophical and devotional discussion which is sworn by eminent personalities till date.

Quick Fact: Mahabharata is roughly ten times lengthier than Ramayana.

Who wants to live with tension, pressure, sorrow, or grief? Although no one is spared from this, as these elements have some essential part to play in our life. Gita gives us a unique perspective of life and it is not only to read but to live with, there is a lot to learn and to understand from each verse and text it contains.

I have yet not finished reading Bhagwad Gita, but whenever I am reading it I find myself in a very different zone. Statements like kyu vyarth chinta karte ho? kisse darte ho? we have been hearing since ages, I still remember the time when on Sundays my whole family used to wait to watch the next episode of Mahabharata at 9:00 in the morning. That was not the age for me to understand its relevance, but today when we are surrounded by daily life’s battle and many challenges, it all started making sense to me.

The teaching, the preaching shared by Lord Krishna as the charioteer of Arjuna at the battleground shows nothing but demonstrates the pure poise, patience, and perseverance.

Read here: Ten things to learn from Bhagavad Gita

Bhagwad Gita stands the test of time. It is not only restricted to the teaching of Lord Krishna to Arjuna for performing his duties, but there is a lot more to it. Perhaps many of us might think that they already understand the importance of performing their duties, but let us learn the Krishna way.

  • Gita is the book of self-discovery. It contains the message of divine centered living based upon the right knowledge, belief, devotion, self-surrender, detachment and dispassionate performance of tasks as opposed to the ego-centered living, which is characterized by self-centered thinking, egoism, and suffering arising out of non-attainment of desires.
  • Gita doesn’t ask us to detach from the world but to detach from our limiting beliefs. In fact, physical or emotional detachment from the world is impossible as we live in an interconnected world. It shows a path to free our emotions from jealousy, envy or desire to control, in order for us to stay in harmony.
  • It shows how by eliminating desires, without abandoning the actions, a person can free himself from the bondage caused by desire driven actions. Such an approach not only liberates human beings from the struggling part but also greatly reduces their anxieties and frustrations, resulting in a peaceful and contented life.
  • It allows us to live our daily life effectively by managing our desires, our choices and the consequences, shows ways to deal with difficult situations by managing our emotions.
  • It allows us to act outside our comfort zone and unleash our hidden purpose, our purpose of very existence. It is only by understanding the hidden self in us we would be able to discover the supreme self, who exists in all of us and in whom we all exist.

The Bhagavad Gita has influenced many great thinkers over the years.

Mahatma Gandhi“ 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.”

Gita is mediation, Gita is life summary, read it to believe it.

 

Much love and gratitude

Priyanka

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B- Be you Always

C- Criticism

D- Depression

 E- EGO

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69 comments

  1. An all new interpretation of the Holy Scripture. Much more subtle and relevant to the present time and quite comfortably relatable. You bring about so many dimensions to a thought and yet your approach is so simplified. I am in awe of your style 🙂 .

  2. I strongly believe in Gita. I really like your today’s post from bottom of my heart.
    You are right, Gita does not ask to detach from the world but to detach our limiting beliefs.

  3. Beautiful and balanced writing…
    Geeta Saar
    किए बिना कुछ मिलता नहीं, मुफ्त का लूंगा नहीं।
    किया हुआ फोगट जाता नहीं, निराश होउंगा नहीं।
    काम करने की शक्ति मुझमें है, लघुताग्रंथी बांधूगा नहीं।
    काम करता जा, मदत मांगता जा, मदत तैयार है, यह विश्वास कभी गंवाना नहीं।
    – पांडुरंग शास्त्री जी आठवले।
    One of the shortest saar I have read till now which covers all the points which Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta has emphasized…

  4. Thank you for sharing your understanding of Srimad Bhagwat Gita. One needs to lead life like Lord Krishna, who dances with Gopis, yet tells Arjuna the essence of life on the battle field of Kurukshetra. Like a duck that swims on water, yet does not get wet, Lord walks through this life, faces all travails and turmoils yet never gets dirty. “One who thinks that something is being destroyed, or someone is destroying something, both do not know one who lives inside can never be killed or destroyed.”

  5. That was a real gem…I need to read the Bhagavatam and especially the Gita Saar but I keep postponing.Our Guru Granth Sahib also has verses from the Gita. We also read a random verse from the granth which is like a lesson for the day. “kyu vyarth chinta karte ho? kisse darte ho?” is still so relevant.

  6. I was twenty-four when the Mahabharata was telecast for the first time on TV. I am not a very religious person but I used to watch Mahabharata every Sunday like a hawk and thoroughly enjoyed it. I still remember Nitish Bharadwaj who played the role of Krishna and who explains the essence of the Gita and the cycle of life and death to Arjuna. I remember how he elaborates on Nishkamya karma to Arjuna, but Arjuna persists with repeated doubts. The line that struck a deep chord in me and which I still remember from that serial is spoken by Krishna after explaining Nishkamya karma to Arjuna. This happens when Arjuna raises the question of whether people who perform Nishkamya Karma are without emotions. Krishna replies in Hindi, ‘Iska matlab yeh nahin hai paarth ki shresht pusrush ke man mein dukh, sukh, krodh aadhi ke bhavnayen nahin aate. Uske man mein bhi yeh sab bhavnyen jag utthi hain. Lekin woh inko apne man ko vash mein rak kar sirf sahi karm karta hai’. This may not be the exact quote because it is nearly 28 years and I am trying to recollect the line to the best of my abilities.

    • Wow your reflection added beauty to this blog, I understand this might not be the exact words but the meaning is well known.
      For me Nitish Bhardwaj was Lord Krishna till I gained senses and understood that he is simply portraying the role of Krishna bhagwaan 😃

  7. Wow that was such a brilliant read. True, there’s a lot to learn from Mahabharata. You won’t believe I watched back to back episodes of the new one!

  8. One of your best posts in the series, Priyanka. Loved how beautifully you have interpreted Bhagvat Gita. A must read post for all.

  9. I have read Geeta of four different Authors and let me share what i felt is…it depends who has explained(written) the explanations, the slokas of Geeta contains very deeper philosophy and inner meaning though apparently it can be explained in other way which are actually misleading.
    Hopefully you are reading a good one.

    good to go through your realizations till now.

  10. Frankly, I never liked watching mythological series when I was a child. I never read Gita. But recently I feel inclined towards these stories. I want to know more about these. In fact, I was thinking to pick up Gita as my next read. The way you have interpreted it makes me more eager to read it now.

  11. The simple philosophy of Geeta ka sar is really a wonderful and comprehensive guide to life. It amazes me that men had discovered the path to happiness centuries ago, and recorded it in our religious texts; yet we self-inflict pain and conflict till today!

  12. The simple philosophy of Geeta sar is the best guide to life. It amazes me that men had discovered the secret to happiness centuries ago and recorded it in our religious texts; yet continue to self-inflict pain and conflict!

  13. These books are the balanced manifestations of nature’s law – the cosmic rights and wrongs. Today, the time has changed so drastically, that people have started believing Gita is from another planet. Especially our newer generation.
    I would like to teach basic principles of Gita to my little one, and yes the saar is always uplifting.

  14. I havent read Bhagwad Gita but have read the many articles and books inspired by the learnings and teachings from this epic book. This book has practical life lessons which can guide and inspire.

  15. Gita of course is the life summary…. This post reminds me of my childhood waiting for Mahabharat episode every Sunday.. Every part of it is a life lesson…

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