Bhagavad Gita

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What practical advice for peace and inner-strength does the Bhagavad Gita provide?

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One piece of advice given is that doing right is better than vowing not to do wrong.

In chapter 3, verse 8, there is an interesting piece of guidance for living a better life.  If you live a proper spiritual life, you will be able to live a more moral life.

You should perform your prescribed Vedic activities since actions are better than renouncing actions; by ceasing activity even your bodily maintenance will not be possible. (

This can be interpreted two ways.  First, it is important to maintain a spiritual regiment.  These activities make you who you are.  Second, doing the right thing is more important than not doing the wrong thing.  Also, doing the right thing is more important than condemning others who do wrong.

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Is practical advice for peace and inner-strength given in Bhagavad Gita? Why or why not?

Practical advice given for peace and inner-strength by reminding the listener not to be overly focused on the worldly senses.

Chapter 3 contains much advice for living a worthy life.  In verse 6 the listener is given some good guidance on maintaining inner peace.

Anyone who having controlled the five working sense organs remains thinking within the mind about sense objects , that foolish being known as a hypocrite. (

Ultimately, this means that a person is better of controlling interest in objects related to by the five senses than just pretending to do so while actually thinking about them.  It is hypocritical to say you won’t be governed by your senses when you are actually thinking about them.

To have real inner peace you cannot be governed by external senses.  You cannot want external objects.  To really have inner peace and personal strength, you have to be able to control your urges.  This part of the song reminds us of this.

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