THE BHAGAVAD GITA by Eknath Easwaran

After listening to an interview with Jay Shetty and starting to study the Vedas with Thom Knoles, I got interested in the Bhagavad Gita.

I listened to Eknath Easwaran’s version which I recommend because it explains very well the meaning of each part before actually getting into the actual text.

In terms of concepts, the main thing that resonated with me was the freedom you have when you are detached from the outcome. As an over-achiever, I am sometimes the slave of the results of my actions and this detachment definitely allows to pursue whatever you want to pursue freely.

I liked the distinctions between the 3 gunas and can clearly see when I operate from sattva, from rajas, or from tamas. To make it simple, sometimes you’re lazier and not taking care of yourself, that’s tamas. When you have a goal-oriented mind, like being successful, rich, famous, that’s rajas. Then sattva is action that is free from selfish attachment.

It’s not easy because it is something quite new for me but I’m now trying to operate as much as possible on the sattva level. Basically trying to do my best without expectations. I think a bit of ego sometimes can help to do more but should be kept to a minimum. Then I try to really not rely on tamas.

The main reason why I’m not a raving fan is that I find a lot of it is quite repetitive. For example, Krishna is the whole, the oneness. This idea might be really interesting for people, but through some of my readings and experiences, the fact that, in essence, we are all part of a oneness is already quite clear to me. So Krishna repeats again and again that he is everything. So basically that everything is everything. The oneness is the oneness. That seems quite obvious to me now so it was a bit boring.