(1) Focus on your action and not on the results:
This is probably one of the most famous shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita.
This is what we are taught from childhood (if you are from India) “Karm Karo, Fal ki Chinta mat Karo”. It simply means that focus on your action and not on the byproduct.
Which is more important – Results or Actions?
Obviously, actions, because if you want good results, first improve your actions.
Focus on the sure (actions), not on the unsure (results). Because if the results are not as per your expectations, pain is unavoidable.
Krishna also said, “never consider yourself to be the cause of the results as results are not solely dependent on your efforts”. It depends on multiple factors, for example, the situation, other people who are involved, etc.
(2) Be fearless – Soul is neither born nor does it ever die:
Be fearless my friend. The biggest fear in our lives is the ‘Fear of Death’. We all know that one day we are going to die. But don’t worry.
The soul is glorious, fearless, free from old age, and immortal. Death is solely the destruction of the body. The soul is neither born nor does it ever die.
It has existed forever and will continue to. Eliminate fear of death from your mind as it creates deterrence in whatever you wanted to do in life.
(3) Three gateways to hell – Lust, Greed, and Anger:
Lust, greed, and anger are the gateways to hell. These are the root cause of virtually every single problem in human life. (Here hell signifies self-destruction)
If a person is lustful, greedy, and remains angry, then this leads to a hell of self-destruction.
It all starts with lust. Lust leads to greediness as you want more and more of something by any means.
Finally, at some point, your lust turns into anger when you are not able to get that thing anymore. This destroys your peace of mind which is synonymous with hell.
So, lust, greed, and anger actually disturb the balance of mind and soul. These things block the spiritual path and are therefore called the gateways to hell.
I have written a detailed article on the three gateways of hell. Please read it for a more in-depth understanding.
(4) Learn to tolerate – Nothing is permanent in this world:
It is one of the shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita that tells you that nothing is permanent in this world.
Winters and summers are temporary in nature. Similarly, pain and pleasure are impermanent (anityāḥ). They will come (āgama) and go away (anityāḥ).
Tough times will come and go away. Learn to tolerate them without being affected by them. Nothing is permanent in this world.
The only thing that is constantly changing is change. So don’t worry!
(5) Become stable like the ocean:
It is one of the shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita that is about stability in life.
Rivers merge in the ocean 24 x 7. But the ocean remains stable without being disturbed by the continuous flow of water from rivers.
Just like the waters of rivers, endless thoughts will come into your mind. It is absolutely normal. Nothing to worry about.
Bad thoughts also knock on the mind. But you will only attain peace in your life when you remain stable just like the ocean irrespective of the malignant thoughts that come to you.
Reject the thoughts that distract you from your goal. Discard the temptations and the desires that stop you from reaching your ultimate goal. Learn to choose from.
Learn to regulate your mind and not the other way. Do not let your mind control your life. Take control of your own hands.