Navigating Life’s Battles: Wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita

Whatever happened, happened for the good, Whatever is happening, is happening for the good. Whatever will happen, will also happen for the good.

Anand Swamy

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A poignant lesson from the Bhagavad Gita is accepting our emotions but also moving past them and being righteous, composed, and strong in life’s endeavors.

In the epic, The Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna, a warrior prince, represents the side of good and is faced with the task of fighting his relatives, teachers, and friends on the other side in the epic battle known as the Mahabharata.

Arjuna’s cousin, Duryodhana, is on the side of evil and currently holds the throne, having obtained it through deceit.

While on the battlefield, Krishna, who represents God, is disguised as his charioteer, guiding him through the battle. Arjuna and Krishna are close, like brothers, and Arjuna confides in Krishna. His heart is overwhelmed with love, and he cannot fathom killing his brethren, despite their wrongdoings.

Krishna, being God, advises him that in life, we must fight for what is right. In the course of our fighting, we will go against those close to us, but we must still carry on and perform our prescribed duties.

The Bhagavad Gita, like many myths and legends of the past, can be interpreted in various ways.

For me, this lesson is quite simple to comprehend. In the course of our life, we will have disagreements and disputes with others, often with those closest to us. It may seem convenient and even necessary to put aside our beliefs and morals in order to appease those with whom we disagree, but it’s still important that we convey what’s in our hearts.

With this same sentiment, it’s also important to be mindful of what battles we fight. Having this distinguishing factor is important because we have only so much energy in this given life, and how we express, channel, and give/receive that energy is vital.

The Bhagavad Gita believes that all souls are one, eternal, and part of the same creative source. What happens on the earthly plane (death, birth, wars, famine, disease, etc.) although trivial is an…

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Anand Swamy

I write about personal development and self awareness.