Emergencies, challenges, dilemnas of present lifestyles, some inevitable, some remediable and yet others that exist only in our imaginations can set us off-balance and we are apt to fall in the dirty ditches of despair, despondency and depression. We often find ourselves with sagging self confidence and a shrinking sense of dejection.
A time tested and proven antidote for such a dejected personality are the great words of eternal assurances. ”My devotee shall never perish,” ”I personally attend to my devotee’s needs and provide security,” ”I shall save you from all evils”, all from the Bhagavad Gita. It revives, rekindles a fresh burst of enthusiasm, faith and courage to face the challenges and overcome the hurdles on our road to success.
For us to reach our goals, we need energy, self confidence and peace of mind. These are generated and maintained even in the face of difficulties if we hold on to our convictions. What we gather as knowledge from the Bhagavad Gita, when reinforced by deeper reflection upon them, becomes our understanding. When we try to live our understanding thus, it crystallizes into our ‘conviction’.
By making a habit of reading and reflecting upon the Gita, the mind is channeled into ”right thinking”. The Gita has been more than a mother to many great men of India (Gandhiji, Tilak, Vinobha Bhave, Veer Savarkar, Chandrashekar Azad, Sri Aurobindo to name a few). This has been revealed by them in their autobiographies.
Repeating the ‘Gita’ verses to ourselves often, we gather strength from the deep and steady meditation upon them.Whatever happens in our life, no matter how troubling things might seem, we do not enter the neighborhood of despair. Even when all doors seem to close, we know God will open up a new path only for us. When the understanding becomes firm, we are thankful. We remain grateful. It is easy to be thankful when all is well. But we remain thankful for not only what we have been given but grateful also for all that we have been denied.
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