What’s special about chapter 18?
Challenges are a part of life. Every year brings with it a new set of challenges for everyone. It is inevitable to face the challenges yet, the mind seeks freedom from it. It wants to escape and find freedom.
But if we look a little deeper, it may occur to us that the unpleasant circumstances are the consequences of the roles we play in life. Be it as a student, a homemaker, a professional, friends - every role has its own unique challenges.
While escaping is not an answer, facing the challenges often leaves us stressed and low on energy.
Prince Arjuna, too, was faced with many challenges. His role too demanded him to display his skills of being a warrior. For him, the answers were given by his dear friend Lord Krishna. In the middle of a battlefield, Lord Krishna saved his mind from drowning through the Bhagavad Gita.
In chapter 18, Lord Krishna spoke about the roles: who decides our roles; the difference between escapism and renunciation; and if it is possible to perform an action and not be affected by its consequences.
This time, join Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as he expounds on Chapter 18, the final chapter of the Bhagavad Gita: The Final Liberation, from the comfort of your home.
Recorded commentary by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is in Hindi. Translation available in English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Portuguese.
About Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the ancient scriptures on the philosophy of life. It was narrated to the confused Prince Arjuna in the middle of a battlefield. This scripture transformed the prince into an unstoppable warrior, who was relieved of his dilemma and went on to win the war. Although 5,000 years old, it still holds answers to questions that have concerned man from time immemorial.
You will know:
- How to give your 100% to tasks and not worry about the results
- How to manage distractions and the wandering mind
- How to not be overpowered by emotions, and discover the inner strength
- How to cultivate mindfulness and compassion
- How to overcome the limitations of the mind
- How to keep harmony in relationships
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Frequently Asked Questions
A: If you register before the live event start date, you will have access to the live event and to the recorded videos for 30 days after the event start date. If you register after the live event start date, you will have access to the recorded videos for 30 days after your registration date.
A: The Bhagavad Gita is a 5000-year-old dialogue between Lord Krishna and warrior prince Arjuna that took place in the battlefield of Mahabharata.
A: The life-transforming wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita can help you live with more awareness, strength, and compassion. It can help you transcend beyond concepts and limitations and bring about equanimity, peace, and happiness.
Q: I have not heard/read the previous chapters of the Bhagavad Gita. Can I still attend this session?
A: Yes. Every chapter of the Bhagavad Gita touches upon different aspects of our life, and you can start your journey from this one.
A: The Bhagavad Gita has something to offer to every generation, every age group, and every mindset, and can be read by any age-group.
A: The Bhagavad Gita has many teachings to offer. Some of them are:
Do not think that if there is no sense of hatred or aversion, then you will not be able to fight. It is not so. Hatred and aversion only make you weaker. A person filled with hatred may appear to be angry and very strong on the outside, but in reality, he gets shaken, and the mind becomes weak and unsteady.
When you fight, do not fight out of hatred and feverishness; instead, fight with a firm determination and steady mind. There is a vast difference between these two states. When you compete, fight with complete enthusiasm and also with total awareness. This is the spiritual path; this is Dharma.
Lord Krishna said, “One who works too much and one who is lazy, both, cannot reach the height of yoga. Only those who walk the path of moderation can get out of misery”.
If you win, don’t lose your head and if you lose, don’t lose your heart. You keep your heart in the right place, your mind in the right place and still be happy.
Whether you are poured with compliments or you are given umpteen numbers of insults; in both situations, keep your smile and equanimity.
Whether it is an enemy or a friend, pleasant circumstances or unpleasant; do not crave for praise or be hateful.
Such an ideal will help you manage your mental and emotional state of mind.
Don’t look for happiness in that which is temporary, that which is fleeting and changing. Joy and happiness are only in something that doesn’t change.
So, there is misery before getting a position and while holding the position. The fear of its loss gives you sorrow. When it is gone, then also its remembrance gives misery. That is why it is called as asukham. There is no sukha (happiness) in temporary things. Sukha is inside you.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna, “I reside in everyone, so see Me in everyone around you.”
When the mother is at home, the child is confident. In the subconscious mind, a child is very comfortable knowing that the mother is at home. A sense of security, a sense of confidence, a sense of knowing that somebody is backing me, guiding me and caring for me, all this brings a deep sense of security. This is refuge.
A: Everyone desires that life should be beautiful, fulfilling, filled with love and success. Who does not want this? Everyone wishes that I should be all right and so should everyone else around me. But to achieve such an environment, our mind is the only obstacle - it is not the others. Our mind is our greatest enemy. If we know how to handle our mind, then we can manage our life too.
So, the biggest secret is how to handle the mind and how to become content, and Lord Krishna has explained this delicate art in the Bhagavad Gita.
The Bhagavad Gita talks about the meaning of life, and how to overcome grief and so on. These truths are relevant to all times, and applicable to all people. It is the giver of eternal bliss.
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