Almost anyone who has read the Mahabharata knows how pivotal a figure Lord Krishna is.
In fact, an entire book has been written on his teaching as he and Arjuna engaged in “Dharma Yuddh” or a righteous war with the Kauravas, and it happens to be the most popular book in India.
The Bhagavad Gita
While the conversation between Arjuna (the greatest archer of all) and Krishna is in the context of the war, Krishna had many lessons that can be easily applied to our daily lives.
So, without further ado, here are 5 changing lessons that we can all learn from Krishna and implement in these difficult times of COVID-19.
1. Importance of Karma
COVID-19 has changed our lives and there is no going back to the old normal. However, if we can learn to be neutral and perform our duties despite this global pandemic, then we can be prepared for any such situation in the future.
If you will not work or perform your duty, you will not get the things or result out of the blues. This is one of the best learning from the teachings of Lord Krishna. You must perform your duty without anticipating the outcome or end result. While I say this it does not mean, having hopes or being optimistic is wrong, but without actions, your path will be dreadful. The trick is not to concentrate too much on the final result and just enjoy the process of reaching there.
2. There Is Always A Cause Or Reason
In Bhagavad-Gita Lord Krishna said that everything happens for a cause or good reason. Whatever happens in life happen for good and there is always a cause or reason behind that. He also mentioned that we all are children of God, the one creator. God is the supreme power and this world is governed by him. And since, we all are god’s children, nothing evil can happen to us. Hence, it is best to not cry over things that have happened or over things that we do not have control of. We need to let go and accept things.
Krishna teaches us to live in the present moment. He was conscious of the future, but he chose to live in the present moment without worrying. Even though he knew what would happen in the coming future, still he stayed in the present moment. Mindfulness is all about staying in present and being aware of the present moment. Mindfulness is life-changing and makes a difference in the quality of life. Living in present and paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental well-being.
It’s possible more often to get hindered by challenging circumstances, but staying mindful and living in the present moment can make things much easier. We need to learn, how to focus on the present, and not on the future or the past.
4. Control Your Anger
Looking at the current scenario, it is indeed a fact that lockdown has increased our anger and frustration. But the one who masters at controlling it will learn the art of living.
Anger leads to clouding of judgment, which results in bewilderment of the memory. When the memory is bewildered, the intellect gets destroyed; and when the intellect is destroyed, one is ruined.
Therefore, anger is the fundamental cause of all kind of failures in a person’s life. It is one of the three main gates of hell, the other two being greed and lust. One must try to control and side-track anger.
5. Nothing Is Permanent
We are almost halfway through 2020 yet COVID-19 hasn’t finished. People are vulnerable and their lives are affected miserably. Negativity is at its peak and people are assuming this is will be a permanent disease. However, such is not the reality.
Lord Krishna teaches us in Bhagwat Gita about the idea of time and the fact that nothing is permanent. Time is an ongoing process and it will never be constant. It will change and nothing will be permanent. So we all need to be positive and believe the fact that coronavirus is not permanent and it will go.