These are 10 life lessons from the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Indian text dense with wisdom.
1. Change is the Law of The Universe
“What you have taken, Has been from here
What you gave has been given here
What belongs to you today
belonged to someone yesterday
and will be someone else’s tomorrow
Change is the Law of The Universe”
Nothing is constant. No-thing is permanent. True stillness comes from embracing movement – the ebb and flow of life. The earth is moving through space. Night follows day.
Each moment is completely new. To be wise is to accept change. To be enlightened is to love change.
2. Everything Happens for a Reason
“Whatever happened was good
Whatever is happening is good
Whatever will happen will also be good”
This mindset empowers you. This mindset attracts more of the good.
What has happened has happened. There is nothing more to be done.
The future is a picture, an illusion. It will never come.
It is always now. You control the present. Live it to the fullest.
3. Love the Process Without Depending on the Outcome
“Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward.”
Never engage in action for the sake of reward. Do your work with love. Expect nothing. You are rewarded in the present.
Do from a place of joy.
Create from a place of no-mind.
Give from a place of love.
4. Give Without Expecting Something in Return
“A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return”
Be pure when giving. Love grows when shared.
Give and you shall receive.
5. Let Go of Attachment
“You came here empty handed, and you will leave empty handed.”
Attachment to material things can weigh you down. We do not possess things, yet things can possess us.
Sensory pleasures are short-lived. When they disappear they can cause suffering. The wise do not attach their happiness to such pleasures. They go beyond them.
Take no possessions. Always travel light.
6. The Soul Is Eternal
“For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.”
Birth and death are of this realm. Birth and death are of the duality.
Energy can never be created or destroyed; it transforms from one form to another. Energy is in essence non-dual.
Consciousness is not of the human body.
7. We Are All One
“The man who sees me in everything
and everything within me
will not be lost to me, nor
will I ever be lost to him.
He who is rooted in oneness
realizes that I am
in every being; wherever
he goes, he remains in me.
When he sees all being as equal
in suffering or in joy
because they are like himself,
that man has grown perfect in yoga.”
Treat every being the same. Treat others as you want others to treat you. See the inherent goodness in all beings. See through labels and stories.
We are all God. We are all One.
8. You Are What You Think You Are
“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.”
Mind over matter. Think happy thoughts and you are happier. Know you can, and you can.
Look for things to be grateful for. Look for the good. You will find it.
“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.”
Meditation makes you happier. It is a timeless truth.
10. Dream Big
“We’re kept from our goal not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.”
See it, feel it, become it. Have no fear when dreaming. Dream as big as you can. Let how you feel be your guide. Move your dream into the present moment to manifest it.