Zig when Others Zag- The Bhagavad Gita (Infographic)
The Bhagavad Gita’s 700 verses can be a lot to take in, specially since most of us rely on a translation from the original Sanskrit. Poetic images and analogies help us understand this work. At the heart of every poem is enigma, and the Bhagavad Gita is no different. Poet Charles Simic described the tension between the line and the sentence in poetry this way- “The line is Buddha, the sentence Socrates.”
Commentaries help us understand the thought in the lines of the Bhagavad Gita, but the lines stay with us, in our subsconscious, influencing our actions and lives. Poetry connects us with our feelings, and when we read a poem like the Bhagavad Gita, which helps us master our feelings, we realize the power of this text.
Every time we read the Bhagavad Gita and think about how it applies to our daily lives, we are creating our own texts, and hence these are most relevant to us. Everyone’s Gita is different. I read a translation of Chapter 11 of the Gita by another poet, John Timpane, who has chosen to break up the verses in shorter lines, which achieves a different effect.
Coming back to this infographic, the Gita says our souls are immortal. We should not be disturbed by whatever happens and neither be slaves to our senses. This requires great self-discipline, which we can achieve with yoga. We should strive towards unity with the Brahman, trying to be sattvic, following our true nature.
Gyan yoga, karma yoga and bhakti yoga can all help us in this goal. We must not shirk from our duty, but we should not be attached to the fruits of our actions.
Thank you readers, for sticking with me and your encouragement. Look out for my ebook on this, out next month. Do share your suggestions on how I can make this series more meaty.