I have never read the Bhagavat Gita nor have watched Mahabharata. However, I am aware of a few things that I have learnt from friends who practice and follow Hinduism. No matter what religion we follow, we all are well aware of the crucial figure of Lord Krishna. He is the right avatar of Lord Vishnu and is one of the most admired and respected deities in Hinduism. Lord Krishna is widely recognised and followed more from a spiritual perspective rather than religious perspective. Lord Krishna is often looked up as a role model for people to follow. People across the world continue to practice his teachings about, dharma, devoutness and ultimate reality.
Often in life I have found myself at the crossroads for something. I have been confused about whether to do a certain thing or not. Having a doubt over certain things is a very natural phenomenon that occurs with all of us. We are often trying to pick one solution over the other. As someone who strongly believes in the divine force that controls us all, I have often turned to prayer when in doubt. One such book that holds many divine and important life lessons is the Bhagavat Gita. It is a seven hundred verse Hindu scripture traditionally in Sanskrit.
I happened to scroll through quite a few social media images that were about the celebration of Janmashtami. While I only know that Krishna Janmashtami is the Birthday of Lord Krishna, it would be unfair on my part to talk about the Gita. I feel, until I do not have a decent amount of knowledge about a subject, I must refrain from speaking about it. Conversely, I am intrigued by some life changing lessons that one can learn from Lord Krishna.
Here is a list of some of the many life changing lessons that Lord Krishna left for us to practice and learn from.
Keep your mind calm
In today’s world, our biggest worry is to find calmness and peace. We will often find ourselves at the crossroad of unpleasant situations but the best way to deal with them, is to stay composed. Lord Krishna taught us that the easiest way to restrain our minds is through meditation and perseverance. Another way to keep your mind calm and controlled is to detach yourself from the situation and look at it from a third person’s perspective. This helps to tackle the most difficult situations as well.
Do not worry about the results.
This is something that has been repeated time and again. Yet, we live in a world that is obsessed with results, whether it is results in school, college, office or our social media profiles. We are often running behind results. However, Lord Krishna taught us that we must pursue everything with the best of our abilities without worrying about the outcome. Seldom, we do not have any control on the outcome. We can only control the input through hard work and determination.
Everyone is Equal and treat them that way.
The global pandemic definitely taught us that we are all equals and mere mortals when it comes to a situation like this. We are struggling with the influence of nepotism, poaching, people taking credit for each other’s work etc. However, Lord Krishna, taught us to treat everyone with the same lens of neutrality. Whether it is your work, relationships or skills, everyone must be treated equally and impartially.
Strategize and Stay Organised
Lord Krishna decided to bend the rules and strategize when needed. He never broke any rules and ensured he was conscious of the future too. He taught us to be mindful in our everyday situations and to organize our goals too.
Stay True to Relationships and Friendships.
In today’s world relationships are often taken for granted. Lord Krishna taught us how to value relationships, esp. friendships above everything else. Often friends loose touch with each other over time. However, through the teaching of Lord Krishna, we learn to understand even the unsaid emotions of our friends.
Always be humble and generous
Humbleness and Generosity are like a boomerang. They always come back to you in good. Lord Krishna personified humbleness always. These qualities help you build and cultivate genuine relationships in your lifetime. He also taught us to uphold our own worth. He was always eager to help people and we too must be willing to help others, despite our own stature.
Krishna has been often perceived as the notorious one. These simple lessons that one draws from his learning are enough to make you a good human.
Here is a short video that gives you a little insight in some unknown facts about Lord Krishna.