It’s been said that the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, was born in what’s now the country of Nepal, at the foothills of the Himalayas, over 2000 years ago. And about 400 miles to the west, following along the foothills of the Himalayas, it’s been said that the scenes depicted within the Bhagavad Gita also took place over 2000 years ago.
And it appears to me at least, that there lies a common theme within Buddhism and the Bhagavad Gita — so perhaps the ideas have a common ancestry. The end of discontent being the major theme, but relatedly: reincarnation, the lasting consequences of action, and the training of one’s mind.
But for me, traditional Buddhist texts did not answer my questions about life, nor relieve my dissatisfaction with life. In fact, I never found what I’d consider authentic teachings from the time of the Buddha. But the concept of Buddhism did serve as a beacon, informing me of my dissatisfaction and its possible resolution. I just couldn’t relate to, or trust in, the texts I found.
So when I stumbled onto the Bhagavad Gita, it seemed authentic to me, more relatable. But granted, it’s short, intense, and seems as if it was cobbled together over the years, plus it appears oddly inserted within the middle of a much larger epic story. So no, it’s not perfect, but for my tastes, it comes across as genuine and pertinent. For me at least, it pleasantly fills in the unknowns of life.
But it took years after my initial reading to finally digest and decipher the ideas encased within. And during those years, after reading a variety of translations, the ideas started seeping into my everyday life. And now it’s to the point where I see life differently, so much so that my anxiety and confusion disappeared.
But now what? It seems as though I’m compelled to share what I’ve learned, advising others to the existence of these ideas — ideas with the potential for improving lives. And I may not be the best messenger, or even a good one, but here I am broadcasting — and here you are receiving.
And here’s the book, give it a try perhaps:
Amazon Kindle & Paperback: http://amazon.com/dp/B00F3QM74I/
Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bhagavad-gita/id711243702