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.
The light that is in the sun and the moon,
And likewise is in the fire,
Illuminating the whole universe,
This light is from Me acquired.
A lamp is just a lamp until you plug it into electricity where the current runs through and creates light. Just as the electricity creates light in the lamp, Spirit creates life within each of us. Without that Spirit how could we live, how could we grow? This is the same spirit that is in every creature, every plant, everything on this earth and beyond. This is what makes the rivers flow, the stars shine, the planets turn. Knowing this, how could we possibly be compelled to harm one another, since we’d really just be harming ourselves?
In deciding what you must do,
And from which you must abstain,
Let the scriptures be your guide,
And do your work that pertains.
We’re faced with big decisions every day, even multiple times a day! When we don’t know what we should do, Krishna here is telling us to turn to the scriptures. Even though everything around us seems to have changed dramatically over the thousands of years since the Bhagavad Gita was written, the formula for a happy and successful life has not changed a bit. Be a good person. Help others. Know who you are. Be true to yourself. Minimize distractions. We need these reminders. It’s so easy in today’s world to get caught up in the unreal. The Bhagavad Gita really helps us to stay focused on what is most important.
Lissa Coffey is the author of Song Divine: A New Lyrical Rendition of the Bhagavad Gita. For more information visit: www.SongDivine.com