“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”, said by one of the most memorable freedom fighters known to man, Mahatma Gandhi. These words Gandhi Ji said goes with the Bhagavad Gita very well. The Bhagavad teaches why we are here, what real purpose of this birth is, what type of problems we will face and how to face them. By taking in what the Bhagavad Gita has to offer us we are making a change in ourselves which will change the world.
December 23rd is Gita Jayanti, the birthday of the Bhagavad-Gita. We know that the Bhagavad-Gita was revealed to Arjun by Sri Krishna himself in the battlefield of Kurukshetra a little over 5000 years ago as it was narrated by Sanjaya to King Dhritarashtra as it happened between Sri Krishna and Arjun. In all that, we know that the Bhagavad-Gita is here for a reason, it is here to help us through good and bad times in life, it is here to give us advice, help us through our problems, and it is here to help us learn about our culture, religion, and our Gods.
The Bhagavad-Gita is here to help us through life by being there as soft as a flower and being as sharp as a sword. As kids we were always told the Bhagavan is always with us no matter what we are going through. Good or bad Bhagavan is still at our side, in our hearts, in our minds.
The Bhagavad-Gita clearly states:
“I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedānta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.” Chapter 15, Shlok 15. It’s the perfect example of how the Bhagavad-Gita is as soft as a flower. It tells us that even when no one is with us, someone is with us. Bhagavan will always be with us. Bhagavan will guide us on the right path and support us in our times of need.
Because we know that the Bhagavad Gita is as soft as a flower then that means there has to be a part that is as sharp as a sword. The obvious fact about the Bhagavad Gita is that it is the story of the battle on the battlefield of Kurukshetra that was told to Arjun by Shri Krishna himself. That itself can be either be on the soft side of the Bhagavad Gita or on the sharp side of the Bhagavad Gita. We can say it is as soft as a flower keeping in mind that it is teaching us lessons. We can also say that it is as sharp as a sword by keeping in mind that it was a battle, in which the actual sword was in use.
The Bhagavad-Gita also says that nothing is going to happen unless we put in effort. We can expect to achieve something and be happy with it if we don’t earn it and put in the effort ourselves.
The Bhagavad-Gita simply states:
“Let a man raise himself by his own efforts. Let him not degrade himself.” Chapter 6 Shlok 5. It tells you that Bhagavan will be there to support you and help you but you have to put some work and sweat into it. Nothing is going to come easily. This is an example of the Bhagavad-Gtia being as sharp as a sword, because it says that life isn’t going to hand you everything you ask for, you’re going to have to work for it. In the Bhagavad-Gita it says:
“Prayavayo na vidnyate:
Chapter 2, Shlok 40. It says that Bhagavan says there is no problem in life, but he is trying to tell us that there are problems but we have to face them. That is pon the sharp as a sword aspect of the Bhagavad-Gita because it tells you to toughen up and face your problems otherwise you’re not going to get anywhere in life.
In the Bhagavad-Gita it also says in the same shlok:
That means that Bhagavan will look at everything we do in the path of devotion, it doesn’t matter how big or small that is. Any work that is Bhagavans work, Bhagavan will always help us. Bhagavan will always help us, if it is done with bhakti and dedication, it will take us closer to Bhagavan. I believe that this is on the soft as a flower side of the Bhagavad-Gita, because it is saying that Bhagavan will look at the deeds you do, no matter how small or how big, and still always help you and will always dwell in our hearts.
With that we know that the Bhagavad-Gita has many different ways in saying different meanings, but throughout the Bhagavad-Gita you learn that Bhagavan will always be with you, he will help you, give you advice, though any problems you face in life, and that nothing is going to come easily in life, you have to work for it. The Bhagavad-Gita is both as soft as a flower, and as sharp as a sword.