Bhagwad Gita shloka VIII-6 (Commentary)
In Bhagwad Gita shloka VIII.6 (Bhagwad Gita shloka VIII-6) Lord Krishna emphasizes
on the point that it is our thought process that governs our destiny
of life. People say one is lucky ... God says, "None is lucky".
It is merely the fruits of karma, which everyone gets in this life.
Even if the fruits pertain to earlier lives ... then also we have
no control over it whatsoever. Every Jiva is imbibed with characteristics
owing which one performs karma in the present life. If our karma
is to make a King out of us ... then, we shall become one unless
our karma in the present life does not go against it. The resultant
karma at any stage of life is governing and binding upon us. None
can go against it. It is beyond the prowess of a human being to
counter the effects of the resultant karma.
we desire to take control of our destiny in our own hands then we
need to perform karma as per the dictates of our atman (the soul
within). One must have read the story of an ordinary mortal who
happened to see the daughter of the King one-day in the market.
All ordinary mortals were prohibited to have a look, yet he could
afford a veiled look and there and then decided that he would marry
none other then the princess herself. Time passed by and in the
end this ordinary mortal was selected by the King to marry his daughter.
It was not a luck but sheer hard work on the part of the mortal
to achieve his desired destiny. There was only one goal of his life
... to make the daughter of the King as his bride and he succeeded
in Bhagwad Gita shloka VIII-6 we all can take control of our destiny
we truly desire if we put in the desired hard work and planning
into it. Nothing is unachievable ... one can surmount the biggest
of the difficulties, which may seem totally unachievable in the
beginning ... yet, the end is ours.
In Bhagwad Gita shloka VIII-6 Lord Krishna emphasizes the might of the power
of thought. It is our thinking pattern which decides the day for
us ... none can affect our thinking ... this is the only true power
God has given to every human being irrespective of caste or creed,
dogmas or religion. Two persons who may have been given the same
training throughout their career may be found to achieve different
goals in their life ... one may become a King of the country and
the other may be found sitting on the corner of the road with a
begging bowl in his hand. This is a true case, which happened in
USA. Do not leave anything to chance or luck ... you may or may
As per Bhagwad Gita shloka VIII-6 choose a goal worthy of yourself and go after
it with a firm determination and you shall succeed in the end. Whatever
one may be doing at any moment of time ... yet in our thinking we
are engrossed in thinking of ways and means to achieve our end.
To others we may appear to be idling yet in our inner self we may
be nearing our goal. Thoughts never fail us ... it is only the bad
thoughts invoking which we doom ourselves to failure. None can save
us if our thoughts are not as pure as the air we breathe.
our goal of life ... we need not scuttle the efforts of others!
Only those noble and kindhearted persons can work for the society
and make a mark for themselves ... those who think of the society
and the countrymen as their own ... all are sons and daughters of
God ... whom can we banish ... the kingdom of God is meant for all
the children of God ... we need to respect one and all and yet obtain
our goal of life.
in Bhagwad Gita shloka VIII-6 While imparting this cosmic Wisdom
to King Arjuna, Lord Krishna emphasizes again and again that nothing
belongs to a human being ... for the garb of a human being is but
a clothing for the atman (the soul within) ... why worry thence!
What he actually meant was that we must considering God, the Almighty
Creator as our benefactor continue doing his bidding ... for the
results are never ours ... the fruits of all karma performed by
us are only the domain of our atman (the soul within). Fruits of
karma are not meant for the body. We as a human being experience
the results yet we can never change them. Every human being while
following the path dictated by our Atman can achieve the desired
results and for achieving that we need to maintain the harmony between
our thinking and the desire of the atman (the soul within). Unless
both are in harmony of one another ... we can never expect the desired
If we desire
to follow the path of spirituality in the next life after leaving
this body then we should have practiced spirituality throughout
this life. If it has not been so then our desires are baseless.
For a mango tree to grow we need to sow the seeds of a mango tree
... we cannot expect grapes to grow if we have sowed guava seeds.
a passion of hatred towards one in the present life we cannot expect
to be compassionate in the next life. Lord Mahavira and Gautam Buddha
... both were not the result of one life alone ... they practiced
spirituality for many lives before they achieved their present status.
Becoming a Ramakrishna Paramhansa is not the doing of one life ...
one has to spend many centuries concentrated towards a single spiritual
goal before one can achieve the desired results.
Bhagwad Gita shloka VIII-6 states thoughts keep flowing to us ... we can
never stop the flow ... we can direct the flow towards a particular
goal. We cannot only contain the quantity but also control the quality
of the thoughts ... by invoking pure thoughts all the time so that
we are able to achieve our spiritual goal early. Invoking of pure
thoughts all the time needs the grace of God ... one who truly aspires
for a noble goal can achieve it.
In a nutshell,
whatever we have lived for throughout our life ... we shall get
the same in the next life ... before passing on to the next life
if you desire a life of your choice ... do the karma accordingly
... then only you shall be able to invoke thoughts which conform
to your thinking ... invoking thoughts concentrated towards a particular
goal shall win you the day. Taking a practical example- every gardener
loves his garden more than anyone else because he lives in it all
throughout the day even if he is not physically present in the garden
the day when my middle sister landed from Calgary for a marriage
and she had planned a month's trip ... looking forward to a lively
month ahead ... she made all her programs accordingly ... yet within
her mind she always wondering if her two rabbits were okay back
in Calgary. She had made all the possible arrangements for the rabbits
for a nice and comfortably stay in the basement of her house yet,
day and night she worried for their welfare. It was on the 14th
day she got a call from my brother-in-law that one of them was ill
... she curtailed her programs and left for Calgary immediately.
All these 14 days she was never comfortable as in the back of her
mind were her lovely rabbits.
every human being though physically present may not actually be
able to contribute much in the present scenario. One may be lost
thinking of things one truly loves in his life. Unknowingly, such
people are shunned as we think they are neglecting their work ...
but these serious aspirants of spirituality are never idle ... there
are always in the corner of their mind thinking of some benefit
for the mankind.