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Essence of Bhagavad Gita

Ocean of Nector;Bhagavad Gita

AUM namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya AUM namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, I bow to the Lord Vasudeva The Bhagavad Gita is probably the deepest scripture in the world. It doesn't mean that other scriptures are not deep, but they touch that depth that points here and there, they intersperse them with many stories that are beautiful in themselves for daily life, but for the central reality of man—where we are today and what we need to do to become what we want to be, which is to say happy peaceful and so on.

This Bhagavad Gita is an extraordinary scripture.It is actually a section from the Mahabharata which is one of the great epics of India. And it's all allegorical—the characters even though they existed in history (at least the main ones did) the underlying part of it is the psychological struggle between the lower the downward moving aspects of the soul and the upward aspiration of the soul. The downward moving aspects of ego—I should have said.

The Bhagavad Gita describes this battle and we must understand from the very beginning that the spiritual path is not an easy path. Somebody said to me recently, "All I want is peace." He doesn't understand that we must go—we must win that peace by conquest. It is not something we get by not fighting. Non-violence means much more then simply refusing to fight Mahatma Gandhi was asked this question once, "What would you do if somebody came to your village and began shooting everybody?" He said, "I'd let him shoot me first." That's not enough. If he shoots you and then goes on and shoots everyone else— there come times when evil must be combated. It must be combated on many levels.

We have qualities which we can't just relax away from and wish well. Qualities of anger, jealousy, passion, greed all the usual qualities that pull us downward from our higher aspiration. The Bhagavad Gita is set on this battlefield group creator is an actual place and it actually was a battle in history. It was then written in order to help people to understand that behind the outward there are always these inner realities that we must fight. And we must fight them on all levels. We must resist evil. 

Nothing will make you happy except if you can find that happiness within your own self. There are two things that every human being in the universe in the world wants—they want to get— they want to avoid pain and they want to find happiness and the worst mafioso—really that's all he wants he just doesn't know what will give it to him. He thinks more power, money, or revenge, or different negative attitudes will get it for him, but they won't.

Mantra of Happiness

You must change yourself. You must find that peace within. And when you have found that, then you discover a reason for loving everybody in the world because everybody is looking for that happiness. That happiness is finally God as Swami Shankara in India said many hundreds of years ago that the definition of God is "Sat-Chit-Ananda": ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new bliss and this is our nature we came from him we were made by Him and we were dreamed out of His consciousness. 

Our goal in life is to reunite ourselves with that bliss. And first we think that we'll find it in the world outside. The real struggle is understanding where it lies, how we can find it, how we can rise above our limitations, and achieve oneness with God. 

OM Tat Sat ;God bless you. 


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