Insight into the Bhagavad Gita: Part 17 & 18

Insight into the Bhagavad Gita: Part 17 & 18

By |2019-04-29T15:08:00-07:00June 20th, 2019|Ayurveda, Vedic Knowledge|

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.


Chapter 17


Practice austerity of the mind

With silence and serenity.

With gentleness and self-control

The heart is filled with purity.


There are many verses in the Bhagavad Gita where Krishna tells us to meditate. We need to hear this. Left to its own devices the mind will go running off after every distraction that comes its way! When we meditate, we practice self-control, we tame the mind, rein it in with silence, and allow ourselves to experience that ultimate peace and serenity that we so desperately seek. The heart opens to the beauty of this ultimate connection with the Divine.


Chapter 18


Reflect upon all this fully,

You must decide what you will do.

You are well beloved of Me

I want what is for your good, too.


Krishna instructs us, he gives us advice, but he also tells us that he can’t make us do anything. It’s up to us to decide how to live our lives. Every choice is ours. And really, there are no wrong choices, because every action leads us to where we are meant to be, as a part of our own growth process. Does anyone really think that life is easy? Life is hard, and messy, and complicated. And we’re here to get through it, to figure out what we’re meant to figure out, in whatever way and in whatever time it takes us.


Lissa Coffey is the author of Song Divine: A New Lyrical Rendition of the Bhagavad Gita. For more information visit:

About the Author:

Best-selling author Lissa Coffey (What’s Your Dosha, Baby?, Song Divine) has embodied the Ayurvedic lifestyle since before her first book came out in 1997. She teaches Ayurvedic principles and philosophy all over the world with her Ancient Wisdom, Modern Style approach. She’s been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and many other national and local TV outlets. Lissa has worked with Deepak Chopra, Vasant Lad, Vaidya Mishra and other renowned Ayurvedic luminaries.Tulsi Spa brings her vision of accessible Ayurvedic massage and treatments to Los Angeles, where she calls home.