Happy Birthday, Krishna

Yesterday, September 1, was Krishna’s birthday. It is a highly celebrated holiday in Hindu culture. Krishna is the main teacher in the Bhagavad Gita, the second most translated text in the world. It is an amazing, self-contained guide about how to live life.

The good thing about the Gita is that you don’t have to believe in Krishna to receive the philosophical wisdom in this book.

The downside is, it’s ridiculously hard to read.

Here’s an accessible translation of how the story begins: one day Arjuna, the great warrior, finds himself on the battlefield, about to fight the enemy, some of which include member of his own family. It tears him up inside. He thinks about changing his mind. Krishna, the supreme guide, shows up and tells him not to worry about it. He assures Arjuna that the people he is about to fight are in fact already dead. His advice, “stay with your word and do your duty! Know what you’re here for!”

Sometimes what appears bad is good and what is good is bad. The choices we make aren’t always black and white. We may not know the consequences of our choices until they play out. The Bhagavad Gita shows us this through story and perspective. It’s ironic, complex and simple all at the same time.

Bhagavad Gita Summary:

Why do you worry without cause?
Whom do you fear without reason?
Who can kill you?
The soul is neither born, nor does die.

Whatever happened, happened for the good.
Whatever is happening, is happening for the good.
Whatever will happen, will also happen for the good only.

You need not have any regrets for the past.
You need not worry for the future.

The present is happening..
What did you lose that you cry about?

What did you bring with you,
which you think you have lost?

Why do you worry without cause?
Whom do you fear without reason?
Who can kill you?
The soul is neither born, nor does die.

Whatever happened, happened for the good.
Whatever is happening, is happening for the good.
Whatever will happen, will also happen for the good only.

You need not have any regrets for the past.
You need not worry for the future.

The present is happening..
What did you lose that you cry about?

What did you bring with you,
which you think you have lost?

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