6-10 Interesting Facts About Bhagavad Gita
6. This is the research paper done by Professor Robert W. Newcomb of the University of Maryland, USA on scientific explanation of Field Theory mentioned in Chapter 13 of Bhagavad Gita : “The Lord said: ‘Son of Kunti, this body is called “the field” and the one who knows it is “the knower of the field.” The field is interpreted in Gita as spiritual body or soul. He interpreted the body and soul via a mathematical n-dimensional vector field. It is a fascinating read. You can read it here.
7. The conversation between Krishna and Arjun is not a historical conversation, although it is presented in this world as a historical event. Because this world is a relative world, which works under the rules of space and time. Lord Krishna, Arjuna and all warriors exist eternally in their spiritual bodies. And the Mahabharata is a spiritual reality without beginning or ending. The yogis and devotees who have successfully regained their spiritual bodies through bhakti yoga practice can actually enter the spiritual universe where Mahabharata is going on. They can see all the events directly as they unfolded with their own eyes. These facts can be deduced based on the statements of GEETA itself. Bhagavad Geeta, Chapter 2, Text 12
na tv evāhaṁ jātu nāsaṁ
na tvaṁ neme janādhipāḥ
na caiva na bhaviṣyāmaḥ
sarve vayam ataḥ param.
This means Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.
8. The body is temporary – soul is permanent: Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita compares the human body to a piece of cloth. A person should identify not with the body but the real Self within. One should not grieve for growing old or having a disease that cannot be cured. Just as worn out clothes are replaced by the new ones, the soul of a person acquires a new body. Identification with the Self instead of the body helps a seeker to be detached from the limitations of the human body.
9. Anger causes delusion – be calm: It is due to anger that a person becomes deluded. As soon as the delusion takes over, his mind loses the power of discrimination. Subsequently, the reasoning capabilities of a person are lost. A person, who cannot reason justly, is destined to be doomed. Thus, anger is the fundamental cause of all sorts of failures in a person’s life. It is one of the three main gates of hell, other two being greed and lust. One must try to sidetrack anger while keeping the mind at peace.
10. Be temperate in everything – avoid extremities in life: In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that a person is bound to fail in meditation if he does not strike a balance in his day to day activities. Eating too much or too less, for example, is not going to bring you any closer to God. Meditation can help a person overcome all sorrows but he must eat and sleep well, work daily and find time to enjoy recreational activities, too.