My understanding of the Bhagavad Gita

Reflections and summary of the Bhagavad Gita from yogi at BSY. These are the reflections and take-aways highlighting the principles you can practice on and off the mat.

Gita Wisdom by Joshua M. Greene is a translation of India’s ancient text, The Bhagavad Gita. The Gita contains a dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna when Arjuna becomes in conflict with having to go into battle, fighting his own friends, family, and teachers. There on the battlefield, he calls for Krishna and the 18 chapter break down the conversation between them that explain the importance of going into battle as his dharma, as act of service and devotion to God. Through this dialogue Arjuna gains clarity and moves into war.

Arjuna is representative of the individual or really anyone, making the reading relatable for the reader. Krishna is representative of God or the divine. Krishna speaks to Arjuna about how death and this form are not the ultimate reality - what and who Arjuna truly is can never be destroyed. To act despite doubt in service shows loving devotion. It is a lesson on faith and giving up control of outcomes for the greater good.

Krishna goes on to talk about karma yoga, how following ones dharma without attachment to results is the correct way to act in the world. In the Gita is refers to going into battle, but we all have our own battles in our lives. Acting out our path, responsibilities, and duties is the guide to living, despite what the consequences may be. If we stay in this self seeking state the result can affect our decision making and ultimately living in our own self will.

The conversation on the fluctuations of the mind struck me. That has been such a large part of practicing yoga and keeping a steady practice. Watching the mind chatter, the fluctuations, and working through it. The Gita says on verse 6.34 “It is more difficult to control the mind, than to control the wind.” This is the work. Through the Gita we learn about the path we are on, while difficult and full of doubt, to keep going despite results. Following your dharma is the path of life. When acting of service or with devotion you are given the strength to confront even the most difficult situations.


Chelsey Fowler