The Gita is widely considered to be one of the most important philosophical treatises ever written. The Bhagavad-Gita is ancient India’s timeless message of spiritual enlightenment. The term “Gita” actually refers to both a song and a text. In Hinduism, the Bhagavad-Gita is sometimes referred to as the “Song of God.” Believe me, almost everyone who reads the Gita wonders about the main message of the Bhagavad Gita.
The Gita, which was delivered by Krishna to his follower Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurushetra, contains the answers to the most important concerns that pertain to our lives and our own existence.
Krishna, Vishnu’s eighth avatar, is one of those extraordinary individuals whose life tales are adequate to help us achieve an understanding of enlightenment.
Anxious and uncertain, the Pandava prince Arjuna found himself on the unsteady ground of Kurukshetra. Lord Krishna brought him out of his miserable condition of bewilderment and showed him the way to perfect self-knowledge and mastery of oneself. He also opened his eyes to the truths that lie behind the surface of things, the truths of detachment.
Nonetheless, what is the main message of the Bhagavad Gita? I bet you really want to know the main message of the Gita, because everything that’s there talks about a central idea, which can be really confusing to get on the very first read.
Well, that’s what we are going to find in this article.
The Main Message Of The Bhagavad Gita
The enlightened response to Arjuna, who was unable to determine his own svadharma, lies at the heart of the Bhagavad-Gita.
Arjuna is described as being bewildered and puzzled throughout the text. He was not ready to fight, as the shloka goes, “O Maintainer of all living entities, what pleasure will we derive from killing the sons of Dhritarasthra?” Even though they may be aggressors, sin will certainly come upon us if we slay them.
Hence, it does not behoove us to kill our own cousins, the sons of Dhritarashtra, and friends. O Madhav (Krishna), how can we hope to be happy by killing our own kinsmen?”
There are some who believe the Bhagavad Gita has nothing to do with battle, including Mahatma Gandhi, who opted for an allegorical reading. Using Gandhi’s interpretation of the Gita, he said that “the battlefield is the soul and Arjuna, man’s higher impulses striving against evil.”
The main message of the Bhagavad Gita is that the ultimate purpose of a human life is to realize one’s true self, and that one’s physical body, mental faculties, and sense organs are merely vehicles through which one can worship the divine.
According to the Gita, those whose minds are always devoid of attachment, who have subjugated the mind and senses, and who are free of wants, obtain ultimate freedom from Karma through renunciation.
Wisdom is disguised by one’s own egocentric desires in the same way that a blaze is hidden from view by smoke, a mirror is blurred by dust, and an embryo is concealed deep within the uterus.
Karma(action), bhakti(devotion), and jnana(knowledge) are the three margas (path) that can lead us to liberation, according to the Gita. They are essentially three steps of the same path, the objective of which is to escape from the enslavement of the known and to reach to the unknown(the truth or say God), and this is the main message of the Bhagavad Gita.
For individuals whose attachments to false things, such as their home, their wife, their body, and their pleasures, Lord Krishna says through this holy text that this life is simply a dream.
It is my aim that this post only summarises the central concept of the Gita, even though I know that I cannot just describe the entire Bhagavad Gita in 500 words, but the essence of it is what this article describes.