That’s how I perceive The Bhagavad Gita

Abhinav Kumar
3 min readJul 21, 2023
Photo by Anshuman Abhishek on Unsplash

I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all. But whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is a friend, is in Me, and I am also a friend to him

The Supreme is impartial to all and treats everyone equally, irrespective of their background. Devotion and service are the ways to experience oneness with the Divine

Background

The Bhagavad Gita is set on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, where two groups of cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas, are about to engage in a great war. At the beginning of the battle, the warrior prince Arjuna is filled with doubt and moral dilemma about fighting in the war, as it involves killing his own relatives, teachers, and friends. He is torn between his duty as a warrior (dharma) and his compassion for those on the opposing side.

In his confusion, Arjuna turns to Lord Krishna, his charioteer, and a divine incarnation, seeking guidance. The entire Bhagavad Gita consists of Krishna’s teachings and philosophical discourse to Arjuna, addressing his doubts, fears, and concerns. Through this dialogue, Krishna imparts spiritual wisdom, ethical principles, and practical advice on how to lead a righteous and purposeful life.

Unique Path (Dharma)

At the heart of the Bhagavad Gita lies the concept of dharma, the righteous duty or calling of an individual. It teaches us that everyone has a unique role to play in the grand tapestry of existence. Embracing your dharma with sincerity and devotion empowers you to make a positive impact on society without becoming attached to the outcomes. For instance, a teacher may find fulfillment in nurturing young minds, fostering a generation that can bring about transformative change.

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

Strength through Self-Reflection

The story of Arjuna, the protagonist of the Bhagavad Gita, resonates deeply with human struggles. Paralyzed by moral dilemmas on the battlefield, he seeks guidance from Lord Krishna, his…

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Abhinav Kumar

Software Engineer @Zalando, Living in Germany, Tech enthusiast, Story Teller, Write about my learning and experiences in tech and in life.