The Bhagavad Gita could very well be a handbook of self-revelation and a guide to action for the purpose of illumination and liberation of human consciousness or spirit. This religious classic helps followers of any sect or religion to find the inner way to the golden gates city of the Eternal Abode, God, Source or Absolute.
Bhakti Yoga is the way of undaunted love and fervent devotion, the identification of the devotee to his chosen personal God, Ishta Devata. By offering the love with pure intent and thought and faith to God, the separation of the lover & the object of love disappears. Therefore, unity with the Divine is reached.
Yoga is not just a philosophy, but philosophy in action. For Arjuna, the way out of the maze is through action, through practicing his dharma. Quoting Lord Krishna’s words from the Bhagavad Gita: “At the beginning of time I declared two paths for the pure heart: Jnana Yoga, the contemplative path of spiritual wisdom, and Karma Yoga, the active path of selfless service.”
Krishna further explains the permanence of the Self. Births and deaths are not real events, except when they are viewed as points along the continuous process of death and renewal… becoming, being, and passing away. The maha vinyasa (term which roughly translates to “great cycle”) of human life is being born, living, and finally dying. This cycle has happened in the past, it is happening now and will happen in the future. The process of living life is important. Did we enjoy every moment? Life is not about a destination or reaching a goal but instead about playing & savoring every unfolding life process with gratitude.
The Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as just “the Gita”, contains the teachings of Lord Krishna to the great warrior Arjuna, the ideal follower and devotee. The conversations between Lord Krishna and Arjuna are taking place in India during the Great War over the kingdom. This war is a historic fact; it was fought at some time between 1000 and 700 BCE. Yet the war is also an allegory for the spiritual war within each living person.
A dynamic condition of inner repressed feelings exists behind all human conflict. These inner repressed feelings come masquerading as a range of human suffering such as anxiety, fear, anger, hate, depression, dis-ease, disease, physical and mental pain, self-loathing, denial, guilt, and low self-esteem to name a few. On a collective scale these unchecked emotions, which I call “etheric garbage” distract us from our true purpose and cause a war within ourselves.