The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most revered Vedic texts. It is considered the essence of India’s Vedic philosophy. The Bhagavad Gita is actually one chapter of the much longer Mahabharata, and it contains deep insight into the universal laws of nature. Although Vedic literature comes from a Hindu origin, there is much to learn no matter what your faith is. Ayurveda, a part of Vedic literature, teaches us to maintain health and balance in life, and is practiced by people of many faiths who benefit from the wisdom. The Bhagavad Gita is the story of Arjuna, an archer who is forced into a battle. Krishna is by his side and becomes his teacher. The battle becomes a metaphor for life, and Krishna teaches us what it takes to be happy. The message is that material objects only bring temporary happiness, but true happiness comes from that which never stops giving: love, peace, faith. I have explored the Bhagavad Gita on and off over the years, and have finally found a book that has a commentary which explains it in a way that westerners like me can understand. Swami Sadishiva Tirtha, the author of “The Ayurveda Encyclopedia,” has written beautiful commentary in his book “Bhagavad Gita for Modern Times: Secrets to Attaining Inner Peace and Harmony.” The best part is that now we have easy access to this ancient wisdom, and can apply it to so many areas of our lives gaining greater understanding and spiritual balance.