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Some Life Lessons That One Can Learn From Bhagavad Gita

1. Develop the right perspective

Just before the Kurukshetra war was about to begin, Arjun felt confused and dejected. He refused to fight as he failed to visualize the outcome of his actions. Perceiving things in the right way plays a critical role in helping us understand what we should do, why we should do it, our role in the scheme of things, and how they shape our attitude.

2. Understand that change is the law of nature

According to the Bhagavad Gita, everything has to change. We know that our body, feelings, emotions, and perceptions, as well as everything around us, are in a state of flux. Yet, when we are told that we need to change, we are reluctant to accept the advice or we adamantly oppose it. To be successful, an individual needs to adapt to new situations, innovate and come up with better solutions, and explore new opportunities. So, while you enjoy the experience of being in familiar surroundings, be ready to take small risks and gain the benefits of new experiences.

3. Practise tolerance and forgiveness

Tolerance teaches us to face the hardships of life with equanimity and to desist from using force even when provoked. Forgiveness helps us pardon injustice and overcome feelings of animosity. Both these qualities are crucial to maintaining and nurturing relationships, developing feelings of empathy and love, and overcoming divisive thoughts. These two values formed the bedrock of the relationship that bound the Pandava brothers.

4. Change the way you think

Having positive thoughts helps us achieve a balanced perspective, stay confident, overcome negative notions, prepare well to meet challenges, and channel our energy to achieve our goals. So, do not let negative thoughts take over your mind and ruin your chances. Being grateful, meditating, giving back to society, and reading inspiring literature are a few practices that can help foster positive thoughts.

5. Stay calm

A calm mind will help us control our impulses, stay unperturbed and hopeful through both the good and the bad times, and keep stressors under control. It will also help us achieve clarity of thought, weigh our options, and channel our energy towards gainful endeavours. The knowledge that change is inevitable plays a big role in helping us stay calm.

6. Work for the welfare of the world

Most of the work we do is performed solely for our benefit. We rarely worry about how our actions may affect others. This mindset makes us act selfishly and detaches us from those around us. On the other hand, selflessness helps us realize that the world is one family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam). Our actions should be such that they help make the world a better place and help us bond with those around us.

7. Be fearless

Fear is one of the primordial emotions present in every living being. In humans, fear arises out of a lack of knowledge and the consequent inability to manage emotions. So, be steadfast in your efforts to gain knowledge and wisdom. For, these are what will help you understand the unknown, and overcome your fear and hesitation.

8. Accept that nothing is permanent

The example of day turning to night and into day again best illustrates the fact that nothing in this world is permanent, including success and failure. Those who have failed in their attempts could take heart from this example and keep striving for success. And, those who are going through bad times must keep persevering until they can change the tide.

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