Since my childhood, I used to like reading every now and then. Yet, it was far from something I enjoyed. However, as I grew up and came to know of books that everyone around me seemed to recommend, I couldn’t help giving them a try. The Bhagavad Gita was one such book.

The Gita is part of the Mahabharata. It is based on the teachings that Lord Krishna imparted to Arjuna on the battlefield, guiding the latter after he couldn’t find the courage to take on his relatives, friends, and teachers. As I read the Gita and started relating its teachings to my own life, I wondered why I couldn’t do the same with any other book.

The Gita encouraged me to lead my life with honesty, discipline, kindness, and integrity. The deeper I went into the book, the more I realized that these lessons applied to not just the wars we fight with others, but also to the ones we fight with our own selves. And before I knew it, everything in my life had started to make more sense.

Whenever I feel confused or in a dilemma, I pick up the Bhagavad Gita and start reading any page at random. And this is where things get unexpectedly meaningful – any page you turn to can offer a simple solution to the most complicated of problems. I would like to sum up my feelings for the Gita with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Some books leave us free and some books make us free.


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