Gita’s middle path

According to the ancient Indians there are 4 goals in any human beings life. They are ‘kama’ or the pursuit of pleasure, ‘artha’ or the pursuit of material wealth, ‘dharma’ or achievement of just ends and ‘moksha’ the attainment of liberation. This was the prevalent idea during the Vedic ages.

However the Gita gives a much more balanced approach to life. The Gita states that kama or desire is the cause of all unwanted suffering. The Gita enjoins us to perform actions in a selfless way without any ulterior motive or the desire for fruits of the action. This is known as “niskama karma” or desireless action. With a little thought we understand the depth of this idea. Clearly unnecessary attachment to the material world bring along with it unnecessary heartbreaks. We are neither supposed to be overjoyed at good tidings nor be heartbroken when something bad happens.

Secondly the Gita requires us to have just adequate material possessions to get on in the world, The Gita does not glorify a life of asceticism nor a life of wanton profligacy. The Gita requires us to follow a middle path where our wants are just met.

The ideal way according to the Gita to live a life filled with sattvic qualities of moderation and charity. The path of right living according to the Gita is life of work, filled with devotion to the Supreme, transcending dualities of pain and pleasure and performing charity without expectation of any reward.

The Gita is truly profound and eternal truth passed to us from ancient times.

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3 thoughts on “Gita’s middle path

  1. corecatcher October 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Reply

    you lost me on the Gita part. Who or what is Gita?

    there is 4 goals in ancient times, but from where did the Gita came from?

    • Tinniam V Ganesh October 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm Reply

      Hi,
      Gita stands for Bhagavad Gita which is the central philosophical and religious text of the Hindus. It is supposed to have been delivered by Lord Krishna to the warrior Arjuna during the war of Mahabharata. It consists of extremely profound concepts.

  2. Archana Kapoor April 20, 2015 at 4:23 am Reply

    true!

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