Bhagavad Gita – Happiness, Distress


Bhagvad Gita – Happiness, distress
Bhagavad Gita - Happiness, Distress

 A pure even-minded seeker is neither happy nor distress over loss and gain of materialistic things, nor is anxious to achieve good or bad, nor is he distress by not getting anything.

If this type of person loses the thing which is very loving to him, he never laments. Similarly, if the even-minded person does not procure what he desires, he is not distressed or happy.

He is tough disciplined for all kinds of auspicious, inauspicious, and sinful activities.

They all are get ready to comply and sacrifices all kinds of risks for the satisfaction of the supreme lord.

“Nothing is an impediment in the discharge of his devotional service. Such a devotee is very dear to Krishna.”

A satisfied being remains happy in every situation, whether he gets to enjoy a luxurious life or get very palatable foodstuffs or get a very distressing moment, they all remain the same in both conditions, nor does he care for any material things and outer objects.

He may sometimes live in a small house, and he may sometimes live in a very palatial building, he is neither attracted to neither nor distressed.

Shri Krishna enlightens us about this phenomenal concept through his conversation with Arjun in Bhagavad Gita.

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What is happiness?

Bhagavad Gita elucidated the exact definition of a happy and distressful mind that will make it perfect to gain real happiness in life and that does not depend on outer things.

Happiness is the beauty of every face, we try to get this happiness from external factors that are only temporary, we never think of a permanent solution to happiness. Today’s endeavor is being started to adhere to just the materialistic path.

We associated this happiness with ephemeral things or from a number of outer things. We always indulge in the gratification of our minds and senses.

“True happiness can only emanate from a peaceful mind that is not dependent on any external agents and remains unperturbed in every situation."


Three types of happiness

Bhagavaad Gita chapter 18 verse 36, O Arjun, now listen, about the three kinds of happiness in which the contiguous soul rejoices and can even gamut the end of all suffering.

1.  Satvik or pure happiness

 This happiness depends on the blissful happiness of the soul that comes out from the elevation of the soul. However, this happiness is not easy to attain because the satvik happiness can be attained by practice a lot of discipline.

This discipline is a form of some yoga and meditation of sense and to control us from the outer world.

We know the difficulty of controlling the mind, but in this happiness, it becomes necessary to control it. That’s why it feels like very-very tough in the beginning but the same becomes ambrosia in the end.

Pure happiness comes directly from the heart in which no need to add any showing nature for happiness. It isn’t necessary to smile on the face, but we feel mild happiness every time.


2.  Rajasik or result-oriental happiness

Bhagavad Gita chapter, 18/37,  This is the outer and materialistic pleasure that has been so lucrative as per others. This type of happiness mostly depends and derived from the outer object for totally sense gratification. However, this kind of happiness is temporary.

“Happiness is said to be in the mode of passion when it is derived from the contact of the senses with their objects. Such happiness is like ambrosia at first but poison at the end.”

If we move on our own sight, we will find the money in most of the families but there is no peace at all. We would not have to face several problems if we had paid attention to our own situation of spiritual life.

This happiness acts as a parasite of the result. In this case, first, it is expected to be result-oriented happiness then it is done other works for the result.

3.  Tamasic or slothful happiness

Bhagavad Gita chapter 18 verse 38, this is the most lower form of happiness and is derived from lazy activities like sleeping a lot, being lazy to work, inactive mind, and want to eat without work and action.

Our soul can never be nurtured by all these lazy practices yet since we make ourselves inactive towards spiritual acts.

That happiness that covers the nature of the self from beginning to end and which is derived from sleep, indolence, and negligence, is said to be in the mode of ignorance.

18/39 – one can achieve real, true happiness only by attaining a tranquil state of mind. We could have indulged in the lord’s happiness.

There is no greater happiness than the happiness one gets from being at peace with oneself and being one with god.


What is Distress as per Lord – Bhagavad Gita

when Arjun puts down his arrows and said, Lord, I will not be able to fight, the Lord says to him, one who has all the pleasures of the outside has good food for eating, has the best clothes to wear, is a good house to live in, and is a servant for service - even in such a pleasant state, who indulged only in distress from day to night from within, they cannot be happy in any moment.

Always worry about my material does not get lost anywhere, how my money increases, and how my work should increase, etc.

Even on achieving all that, who does not have happiness, peace, and rest in mind, he is the most distressed person in the world.


Bhagavad Gita verse for distress

Oh, Arjun” you should not grief for wise grieve neither for the dead or the living.

In the first chapter of Bhagavad Gita, Arjun is grieving because he has to kill his gurus and brothers.

Lord Krishna says for those who get grieve for the universal truth – death, that it doesn’t make sense to grieve for that form or that body anymore.

He goes on to say that “there was never a time that you and I did not exist. You know them not, I know them all.

Mahatma Gandhi – when doubts haunt me when disappointment stares me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad Gita and find a verse to comfort me, and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meaning from it every day.  


Bhagavad Gita chapter 6 verse 7

He who treats me and mine with things given from nature like physical substances (such as the body, sense organs, brain, and mind) behaves enmity with himself. He is evil (anatma).

The person, who is a soul, behaves friendly with himself by not accepting his connection with the natural substances. He is pure soul (Jitatma).

In this way, an evil man falls on his own, while a man of the soul saves himself.

When we get a favorable condition for some of our work, then we get a kind of cool and happiness from within and when we get unfavorable for any of our work, then we get a kind of anguish from inside.

Here, it means to say that there should be no happiness and no distress within us, everyone should always maintain a common peace in both conditions of the happy-sad moment, that is, there is no breach of peace on gaining of favorable-unfavorable conditions, unwanted subjects, objects, persons, events, etc. 

Because there is auto-proven peace within us, it dissolves by agreeing on incompatibility and being angry in adversity.

Therefore, in any favorable and unfavorable situation staying the same, the external disconnection does not affect us.

If we look at it today, people call it happy who possesses wealth, wealth, etc., and those who do not have wealth, they are unhappy. This is the definition of happiness and distress today.

If only happiness would be Happiness in life, if there is no sorrow, then the feeling of happiness will be over.

Think if we already get, what we want, then how will we know the happiness we got from it?

If there is a distressed mind, then there is a feeling of happiness, if happiness and sorrow do not come, then we will bring the experience from where?

Distress a path to knowledge

The first chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita has been called despondency (Vishada) Yoga because Arjuna, like us, was entangled in the problem given by his own people, this distresses made Arjuna the reason for acquiring the great Bhagavad-Gita knowledge.

In today's time, spiritual power has been lacking in all of us, and even today our faith is no longer in these things, due to which we feel bad about small things, and immediately go into depression. Small things make us distressed.

For example, if no one picks up our phone, we get sad and we are unable to bear even a small failure.

Our gloom is the cause of our ignorance, and when we find a way to eradicate this ignorance, then it becomes the path of knowledge from ignorance and then it becomes yoga.

Arjuna became full of knowledge, but the Bhagavad Gita knowledge has also started with depression.

In our life too, many distress like Arjun come, which we have to face very patiently.

Even after experiencing a lot of sadness today, this despondency does not change into yoga because we do not have the desire to get knowledge, we neither ask any question nor do we put our mind to anything.

If we are familiar with this knowledge, if we had become familiar with this reality, then every thought in life explains the path that leads to the ultimate truth, in this way we will convert sadness into sadism yoga.

If we understand the verse of Bhagavad-Gita and adopt it, then we will see sadness, not from the point of sorrow but from the view of yoga.


What is real happiness according to Bhagavad Gita?

One who has no comfortable things, no comforting material, who has nothing to eat, no clothes to wear nearby, no place to live, as well as no one to serve. , In a state which does not feel sadness and does not feel the need for anything, person, situation, etc., but remains very happy in every situation, he is a happy person.

In Bhagavad Gita has been told to be equal in happiness and sorrow and equal in the outer materials, as well as to stay away from the happiness and distress from your inner world.


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