Thus I have explained to you the most confidential of all knowledge. Deliberate on this fully, and then act as you wish.

iti te jnanam akhyatam guhyad guhyataram maya vimrsyaitad asesena yathecchasi tatha kuru

– Bhagavad Gita 18.63

This is a profound statement by Shri Krishna. If we compare to other religious texts which carry threats of eternal hell fire, this approach is the opposite. Arjuna is not told to blindly follow any dogma, but to deliberate fully on the knowledge proposed. He is empowered to think for himself, and then act accordingly. In the modern world, the role of religion has been reduced and people are less willing to follow dogmatic rules written more than a thousand years ago, the Gita rather than an authoritative master instructing how one must act, acts as our guide and servant helping us to make our own decisions. This is the real method for making moral and spiritual progress, empowering our children to become responsible leaders capable of creating a better world.

Dedication

Before blindly following anything, think very carefully about the intention, action and consequences, then after considering all of the factors one should act as they wish.

Hanuman Dass's blogs directly here. He is founder of Godharmic.com as is the co-author of The Power of Dharma and The Eternal Path

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