Shree Bhagavad Geeta
In a single line, Bhagavad Geeta makes a person fearless of failure.
There have been times I’ve been knocked down hard in life and had lost hope since I didn’t get the result I “thought” I deserved.
I’m sure many people would resonate with this. We’ve all failed big at some points in our lives.
Now when I look back I see the dots connecting, and how every negative situation helped me in some way I couldn’t comprehend at that time. I can’t deny that I’ve been extremely lucky on multiple important occasions where too much could’ve gone wrong.
I read a small paperback edition of Bhagavad Gita with no commentary in a friend’s house and nothing much changed. He had brought it back from India and it was in his bookshelf collecting dust. The pages were yellowed and soft and the print was a bit erratic. I flicked through it and wondered who Krishna/Bhagavan was and what he was saying to Arjuna. To be honest, I didn’t really understand any of it, and I was done looking at it after about an hour. There wasn’t a great storyline I could follow, just a couple of people talking before a battle.
The Book to Read
This had a sort of profound and ‘holy’ feel to it because of the words, like some of the King James Bible does, but no message jumped out at me. Arjuna also seemed to have trouble deciding what to do. I interested in Indian ‘spirituality’ having read Autobiography of a Yogi many years earlier, but I wasn’t that interested, so I put it back and went down the road for a beer.
It has seemed a wild idea that Krishna was God and He was on a chariot instead of a throne with cherubs hovering around him. But the commentary was quite clear that this was exactly what the verses said. God wasn’t fair complexioned with a white beard. But he was a blackish-blue color and appeared only 16 years old.
I don’t know how it sank in that Krishna is God, but it did, and then every word of Bhagavad Gita was automatically true.
Gradually one point after another became clear.
The soul is eternal, separate from the body, temporarily joined with a body one life at a time.
Every living thing is spirit-soul and every body is dead matter, animated by the soul.
Many people have seen God, He drives chariots for His friends when needed.
What changes did I see? I dropped everything and got busy qualifying myself to see Krishna face to face.
We willingly accepted all the restrictions, which was a very major redirection of my life. Up till then, I was a regular guy growing up in the Western culture who ate non-veg at every meal, drank, smoked cigarettes and dope, had girl-friends, liked fast motorbikes and rock music.
After a couple of years I revised that, and after a few more years I revised it again. Now after 40 years I don’t have a figure. I’ve discovered that it doesn’t work like that. We don’t ascend to Krishna by our own efforts, he descends to us when he pleased. I’ve had some tantalizing glimpses so however long it takes.