January 29, 2010
I read a beautiful phrase in the Bhagavad Gita this morning: “…surrender yourself to me, disciplining yourself and renouncing the results of all your actions” (12:11). To me this means being equally unattached to either the praise of good results or the blame of bad results, and doing the work for the sake of the work – the ultimate meditation while serving others through your actions. Mahatma Gandhi truly loved this book and tried to live his life according to its many teachings and spiritual instructions.
The Bhagavad Gita is the discourse between Krishna and Arjuna before the main battle in the Mahabharata when Arjuna is having doubts about fighting against his relatives and mentors. Hindus consider the Gita as one of the most important books on spiritual instruction and living correctly. Some people look at the Bhagavad Gita as a book encouraging war and violence. Gandhi challenges: “just base your life on the Gita sincerely and systematically and see if you find killing or even hurting others compatible with its teachings”.