Life has become complicated?
Listen in on a modern conversation* between Krishna & Today’s Arjun.
It is recommended that you read it out loud.
Read it out loud to your family too.
Arjun : I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.
Krishna : Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you free.
Arjun : Why has life become complicated now?
Krishna : Stop analyzing life… It makes it complicated. Just live it.
Arjun : Why are we then constantly unhappy?
Krishna : Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.
Arjun : Why do good people always suffer?
Krishna : Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer. With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.
Arjun : You mean to say such experience is useful?
Krishna : Yes. In every term. Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons later.
Arjun : Because of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…
Krishna : If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides the way.
Arjun : Does failure hurt more than moving in the right direction?
Krishna : Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.
Arjun : In tough times, how do you stay motivated?
Krishna : Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.
Arjun : What surprises you about people?
Krishna : When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me?”
Arjun : How can I get the best out of life?
Krishna : Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.
Arjun : One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.
Krishna : There are no unanswered prayers. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.
* The Bhagavad Gita is Krishna’s battlefield discussion with Arjuna on the occasion of war. Arjuna is poised to lead an army into a war where fathers, sons, uncles and nephews will be fighting against each other on opposite sides. Torn and plagued by self-doubt about the righteousness of this war, he consults with Krishna.
The ancient text is from around 5000 years ago. It is full of wisdom and considered a holy scripture of Hinduism. Many infer that the hidden meaning refers to “the war within”; the struggle every human face on the road to self-mastery.
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