Recently I was thinking about my past, present and future; which lead me to remember some of the Hindu teachings I learned while taking a course on Hinduism in college. Feeling the need to re-explore my findings in this class, I remembered learning about The Bhagavad Gita and why some of its lessons were so influential to me.
I am a very spiritual individual who embraces enlightenment and the act of bettering one’s self; to enlighten you all I wanted to share with you three of my favorite lessons taught in the Gita, and how ultimately you can benefit from them in your life too.
To give you a quick insight, if you do not already know what the Gita is, in Hinduism it is a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. While learning about Gita, I was introduced to three yoga lessons Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti that I took a strong preference to. To simply explain them to you in English, Karma means action which translates into doing your best and focusing on the action its self. The term Jnana, in English, means knowledge which translates into the nature of one’s self and how a person forms a relationship with reality. And lastly, Bhakti in English means love or devotion which translates to the love and devotion a person amplifies within their life. all in all, the fundamentals of these Yoga teachings go way more in depth, but the principle of them all is centered around bettering your personal energy and spiritual self.
How did they affect me?
After learning these three yoga lessons, Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti, the way I viewed the world changed and my overall mentality were altered. Implementing the three Yoga lessons Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti within my daily life gave me a more positive attitude, overall clarity and led me to practice the act of selfless which I fell short of before. These Yoga teachings make me feel more connected to myself, which in the end has become more beneficial to how I interact with the world and the people I surround myself with each and every day.
So whatever path you may be on in this crazy trail we call life, I challenge you to think about the nature and the harmony of your life. And if perhaps you feel out of place or may want a new beginning, try embracing these three yoga concepts of Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti to take action and make a positive change in your life.