Focus on your action and not on the results:
This is probably one of the most famous shlokas from Bhagavad Gita.
This is what we are taught from childhood (if you are from India) that “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 depends on your efforts. It depends on multiple factors, for example, situation, other people who are involved, etc.
Also, do not attach yourself to inaction (निष्क्रियता) because sometimes when the work is hard and burdensome, we resort to inaction. So never lose interest in what you do.
Be fearless – Soul is neither born nor does it ever die:
Be fearless my friend. The biggest fear in our lives is “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 be. Eliminate fear of death from your mind as it creates deterrence in whatever you wanted to do it in life.
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 the 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 therefore called the gateways to hell.
Learn to tolerate – Nothing is permanent in this world:
It is one of the shlokas from 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!
Become stable like the ocean:
It is one of the shlokas from 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 waters from rivers.
Just like 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.
Learn to regulate your mind and not the other way. Do not let your mind to control your life. Take control in your own hands.
Just say to yourself, “I will not fulfil every desire of mine. I will only fulfil those desires which are focused and going to help me in reaching my ultimate goal in life”.
Like this article? Or have something to share? Write it down in the comment section below. Share this on Facebook and WhatsApp to help others.