My Favourite Religious Book -Bhagawad Gita
The Greatest Hindu Scripture
Religion is the iron frame of our life. A man of religion has great sense of duty and discipline. He is not selfish and narrow-minded. It is always good to have some religion, whether one is Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh or whatsoever. Every religion teaches us the path of righteousness. No religion teaches us to be selfish, narrow-minded or fundamentalist. It is only some who exploit the tenats of religion for their selfish motives. It is a tragedy that there has been lot of bloodshed in the name of religion. One should seriously consider the motive of an action before we blindly go into believing it and nourish an ill-will for others.
In order to understand a religion properly, we should study its scriptures. Scriptures are religious books. In them we find all the principles of a religion. In fact, all scriptures teach the same principles. It all depends on how we understand them and put them into practice.
My favourite book is Bhagawad Gita. I read a chapter from Bhagawad Gita every day. I get divine light from the Bhagawad Cita. It gives me great help and solace in my trials, troubles and tribulations. It is a great medicine for a sick soul in sick world.
Bhagawad Gita is an episode from Mahabharata. Arjuna is unhappy because he has to fight against his own kith and kin in the Battle of Kurukshetra. He sees his uncles, cousins, tutors, brothers and near relations standing in the battle-field to fight and die. We do not want to kill them. So he approaches Lord Krishna for his advice in the matter.
Incidentally Lord Krishna is the charioteer of Arjuna. The dejected Arjuna who is always true to his duty and religion, is reluctant to fight. How could he fight and kill his cousins, uncles, teachers and Gurus for having possession of a kingdom. He would not do it even for such a thousand kingdoms. He would like to die himself and go to mile than doing such a heinous crime.
Lord Krishna says to him, ‘Why are you feeling dejected in the performance of your duty ? It is disgraceful, contrary to duty and the foundation of dishonour. Abandon the weakness of your heart, stand up and fight.
Lord Krishna tells him—and us—that everybody should do his duty in the world, whether it is good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant, without expecting rewards. “Those who are wise in spiritual things grieve neither for the dead nor for the living. They are only bound by their duty to the world.
Lord Krishna said, “Make pleasure and pain, loss and gain, victory and defeat, the same to you.’ The lord tells us to be unconcerned about the complexities of life and its’ problems. Whatever has to come shall come and whatever is destiny has to take shape. This philosophy of life is brief but thought provoking. We can perform ourselves in whatever capacity we are but being detached from the false love of this world. This detachment of self amidst hectie duty of the world is the crux of the teachings of Shri Krishna. The performer of such kind is the Karma-Yogi enjoying the highest bliss which no worldly life can provide.
He said, ‘Let the motive for action be in the action itself and not in the reward.” Your mind should be undisturbed in adversity. You should be happy and contented in prosperity. You should be a stranger to anxiety, fear and anger. Such a man is called muni, that is, a wise man.
Lord Krishna said : ‘Do thou perform the proper actions. Action is superior to inaction. The journey of the body cannot be accomplished through inaction. Perform all your actions as sacrifice to God “
Beings are nourished by food, food is produced by rain, rain comes from sacrifice and sacrifice is performed by action.”
Therefore, perform your actions at all times unmindful of the results and fruits of the actions. The map who does that which he has to do becomes one with the Supreme God. He is far above the world. He gets liberation and it is free from troubles and tribulations once and for over
Therefore, we should control ourself and direct it to the performance of our duties, for ‘Self is the friend of self, and in like manner, self is its own enemy.”