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Talks on the Bhagavad Gita - 19

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We are here because of our karma and to pay our debts. We are also here as a blessing from the Lord, as an opportunity to realize the true purpose of our life. Who are we really and why do we take birth and have relationships in the world? We have several relationships like son, father, mother, brother, sister, wife, husband. We play many roles when we come to this world and each role demands its own obligations and its own conditions. These create more karmas and we don't want to do that. 

Our goal, the true purpose of life, is to realize the Self, realize 

God within and free ourselves from the cycle of birth and rebirth.

This is known as liberation. Most of us misunderstand the word liberation. Final liberation is not an overnight thing. You have to work towards it. Before final liberation comes, we must go through many sub-liberations. We need to free ourselves from the enemies we have created within ourselves, from resistance, from our negative emotions that take us away from our real goal in life. 

We are pure beings. We need liberation from the emotions that cover that purity of our mind, of our heart. How can we overcome doubts and situations in life? You need liberation from them so you have a free and very clear mind with an intuition that always is guiding you. What is the right thing to do in each step you take in life? The Gita tells you the art of life, the nature of life, of human beings, personality, psychology and the mind. The theory is given then you experience that theory in life and you won't be afraid or create commotion in that moment. 

The Bhagavad Gita is a song sung by the Lord telling all of us the art of life. This life is given to us to enjoy within the decorum that we are human beings, what are our dharmas and our obligations. While dealing with our obligations and dharmas, how can you create your spiritual life so you realize your true nature. 

Read the Gita when you have a chance, at least once a day, one page - not more than that. You plant the seed of the samskara just by reading. Leave the idea about whether you understand it or not. Take the pressure off. After a period of time, you will notice how much you have learned. In a very subtle way, you have understood the Bhagavad Gita.