Quotes from the Bhagawad Gita on Friendship, Karma and Life
Mahabharat and Ramayana are two of the most significant epics in the Hindu religion - while Ramayana is about the path chosen by Lord Rama during the human life cycle form on earth, Mahabharat is often described as "the longest poem ever written".
Mahabharat is huge and diverse and is a story set during the time of the Kurukshetra war, fought between cousins Pandavas and the Kauravas. It is so vast that it's often regarded as the 'Fifth Veda'. The Bhagawad Gita is a 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the epic Mahabharat.
Bhagwad means 'God' and Gita means 'song' and thus in Hinduism, the Bhagavad Gita means the 'song of god'. The protagonists here are Arjun, the distraught and concerned Pandava prince and his mentor/friend and charioteer - Lord Krishna.
The Bhagawad Gita speaks of a lot of different aspects of life. Aspects, so acute that they can change the way people think perceive the challenges they face in life. Lord Krishna through his words in Gita can help us show us who we really are and can be as a person. Over everything, he made us differentiate between good and bad and how to have peace in life by overcoming our challenges.
Here are some quotes from the Bhagawad Gita on Friendship, Karma and Life:
Arjun and Krishna were the incarnations of Narayana and Nara, technically making Arjuna part of Krishna. They share a very deep bond and while at war, Krishna leads Arjun out of his uncertainty of being in a war and towards the right path.
Krishna quoted, “Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps, and whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.”
The Gita teaches us about Karma and Dharma. Arjun was not ready to fight the war of Kurukshetra because that would shed the blood and tears of his own, but Krishna convinced Arjun to do the same made him realise that the Kauravas were on the wrong side and to maintain the balance of Karma and Dharma, this fight had to be fought.
Thus Krishna being a great friend and companion of Arjun, made him believe in himself and led him with courage and valour to stand victorious.
Lord Krishna said, “The meaning of Karma is in the intention. The intention behind the action is what matters. Those who are motivated only by desire for the fruits of action are miserable, for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do.”
Karma can be simply described as the outcome for action but in an implicit manner. It can be both good and bad. But to closely understand Karma, Lord Krishna says that even if we are about to do something wrong, at the end of the day if the reason behind this is sacred or pure, then it is fair.
Krishna also quoted, ''No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come.''
Which means that the balance of life should always be measured between right and wrong and one will always pay for his/her Karma. If someone has always followed the correct path of life and understood the real difference between good and bad, nothing bad shall ever happen to him/her.
''Lust, anger and greed are the three doors to hell''
In Bhagwad Gita, Lord Krishna opens up a new dimension to how we people normally see life. He makes us understand the basic life values which are minute to ignore but can make a large impact on our lives when taken on a greater scale.
He considers that too much lust and greed towards life can often make us forget what is enough for us and to keep on striving more and more for something that we already have in abundance can not be the best option ever.
He believes in the fact can too much anger can destruct our composure and our ability to think and through peace and calmness we can find the right path