With the growing popularity of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, there has also been an increased interest in Vedanta, where all of this ancient wisdom comes from. With that in mind, I thought we’d take a look at some of the verses of the Bhagavad Gita, from my translation Song Divine: A New Lyrical Rendition of the Bhagavad Gita. We’ll take it chapter by chapter each week and see how we can apply the knowledge to our lives today.
I’m a warrior, it’s true
But I don’t know what to do.
I’m supposed to fight this fight,
But I’m not sure it is right.
The story in the Bhagavad Gita takes place on a battlefield. Arjuna is the character who represents each of us in the Bhagavad Gita. He is put in a tough position, and he questions himself and the role that he has to play in this war. Without clear answers, he asks his friend and mentor Krishna for guidance. Krishna represents the highest wisdom, and in the following chapters he offers Arjuna all the knowledge he needs in order to live his best life. Each of us goes through experiences in this world where we question what we should do. Life is harsh, it’s like a battlefield, and we are forced to make big decisions. 5,000 years ago Krishna was there for Arjuna. And fortunately, the wisdom contained in the Bhagavad Gita is still here for us today.
Consider your own dharma,
From which you should not waver.
Do your duty, as a warrior –
Don’t refuse this righteous labor.
Our “dharma” is our purpose. We each have certain gifts, unique talents, that we can use to help ourselves and others. We are each drawn towards certain activities and are called to follow the heart. This leads us to our purpose in a variety of different ways. We have to be true to ourselves. We have to do the work, our duty, whatever that may be. We are here for a reason, and we need to use our time wisely.
Lissa Coffey is the author of Song Divine: A New Lyrical Rendition of the Bhagavad Gita. For more information visit: www.SongDivine.com