5 Shlokas from Bhagavad Gita that will change your life forever

5 Shlokas from Bhagavad Gita that will change your life forever

5 Shlokas from Bhagavad Gita that will change your life forever. These are 5 life-changing verses which are essential for everyone including students, entrepreneurs etc.

Read it and you will see the change yourself.

Bhagavad Gita is not just a religious book that only people belonging to a certain religion should read. It is a dialogue between the supreme being (Lord Krishna) and a confused warrior (Arjuna).

Bhagavad Gita teaches us the intricacies of life and how to deal with them.

Sometimes I am amazed that a book as old as 5000 years is still relevant in the age of AI (Artificial Intelligence).

It is a guide to live a happy, peaceful and prosperous life. It has solutions to all your doubts, fears, dilemmas, problems etc. Read it and you will experience a positive change in your life.

This book is filled with tons of exceptional shlokas (verses) that will have a compound effect on your life.

But here I am presenting to you 5 shlokas from Bhagavad Gita that will change your life forever (obviously you have to follow the teachings to see the results).

5 life-changing Shlokas from Bhagavad Gita:

(1) Focus on your action and not on the results:

10 Shlokas from Bhagavad Gita that will change your life forever - कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन | मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि || 47 || - You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction.
Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 2 – Verse 47

This is probably one of the most famous shlokas from Bhagavad Gita.

This is what we are taught from childhood (if you are from India) that “Karm Karo, Fal ki Chinta mat Karo”. It simply means that focus on your action and not on the byproduct.

Which is more important – Results or Actions?

Obviously, actions, because if you want good results, first improve your actions.

Focus on the sure (actions), not on the unsure (results). Because if the results are not as per your expectations, pain is unavoidable.

Krishna also said never consider yourself to be the cause of the results as results are not solely depends on your efforts. It depends on multiple factors, for example, situation, other people who are involved, etc.

Also, do not attach yourself to inaction (निष्क्रियता) because sometimes when the work is hard and burdensome, we resort to inaction. So never lose interest in what you do.

(2) Be fearless – Soul is neither born nor does it ever die:

10 Shlokas from Bhagavad Gita that will change your life forever - न जायते म्रियते वा कदाचि नायं भूत्वा भविता वा न भूय: | अजो नित्य: शाश्वतोऽयं पुराणो न हन्यते हन्यमाने शरीरे || 20| - The soul is neither born, nor does it ever die; nor having once existed, does it ever cease to be. The soul is without birth, eternal, immortal, and ageless. It is not destroyed when the body is destroyed.
Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 2 – Verse 20

Be fearless my friend. The biggest fear in our lives is “Fear of Death”. We all know that one day we are going to die. But don’t worry.

The soul is glorious, fearless, free from old age and immortal. Death is solely the destruction of the body. The soul is neither born nor does it ever die.

It has existed forever and will continue to be. Eliminate fear of death from your mind as it creates deterrence in whatever you wanted to do it in life.

(3) Three gateways to hell – Lust, Greed and Anger:

10 Shlokas from Bhagavad Gita that will change your life forever - त्रिविधं नरकस्येदं द्वारं नाशनमात्मन: | काम: क्रोधस्तथा लोभस्तस्मादेतत्त्रयं त्यजेत् || 21|| - There are three gateways to hell of self-destruction for the soul. These are lust, anger and greed. Therefore one should abandon these three completely.
Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 16 – Verse 21

Lust, greed and anger are the gateways to hell. These are the root cause of virtually every single problem in human life. (Here hell signifies self-destruction)

If a person is lustful, greedy and remains angry, then this leads to the hell of self-destruction.

It all starts with lust. Lust leads to greediness as you want more and more of something by any means.

Finally, at some point, your lust turns into anger when you are not able to get that thing anymore. This destroys your peace of mind which is synonymous with hell.

So, lust, greed and anger actually disturb the balance of mind and soul. These things block the spiritual path and therefore called the gateways to hell.

I have written a detailed article on the three gateways of hell. Please read it for more in depth understanding.

(4) Learn to tolerate – Nothing is permanent in this world:

10 Shlokas from Bhagavad Gita that will change your life forever - मात्रास्पर्शास्तु कौन्तेय शीतोष्णसुखदु: खदा: | आगमापायिनोऽनित्यास्तांस्तितिक्षस्व भारत || 14|| - O son of Kunti, the contact between the senses and the sense objects gives rise to fleeting perceptions of happiness and distress. These are non-permanent, and come and go like the winter and summer seasons. O descendent of Bharat, one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.
Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 2 – Verse 14

It is one of the shlokas from Bhagavad Gita that tells you that nothing is permanent in this world.

Winters and summers are temporary in nature. Similarly, pain and pleasure are impermanent (anityāḥ). They will come (āgama) and go away (anityāḥ).

Tough times will come and go away. Learn to tolerate them without being affected by them. Nothing is permanent in this world.

The only thing that is constantly changing is change. So don’t worry!

(5) Become stable like the ocean:

10 Shlokas from Bhagavad Gita that will change your life forever - आपूर्यमाणमचलप्रतिष्ठं समुद्रमाप: प्रविशन्ति यद्वत् | तद्वत्कामा यं प्रविशन्ति सर्वे स शान्तिमाप्नोति न कामकामी || 70|| - Just as the ocean remains undisturbed by the incessant flow of waters from rivers merging into it, likewise the sage who is unmoved despite the flow of desirable objects all around him attains peace, and not the person who strives to satisfy desires.
Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 2 – Verse 70

It is one of the shlokas from Bhagavad Gita that is about stability in life.

Rivers merge in the ocean 24 x 7. But the ocean remains stable without being disturbed by the continuous flow of waters from rivers.

Just like waters of rivers, endless thoughts will come into your mind. It is absolutely normal. Nothing to worry about.

Bad thoughts also knock on the mind. But you will only attain peace in your life when you remain stable just like the ocean irrespective of the malignant thoughts that come to you.

Reject the thoughts that distract you from your goal. Discard the temptations and the desires that stop you from reaching your ultimate goal. Learn to choose.

Learn to regulate your mind and not the other way. Do not let your mind to control your life. Take control in your own hands.

Just say to yourself, “I will not fulfil every desire of mine. I will only fulfil those desires which are focused and going to help me in reaching my ultimate goal in life”.

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