Bhagavad Gita Study Group
“The Gita is like a bouquet composed of beautiful flowers of spiritual truths collected from the Upanishads. It is the best commentary we have on the Vedanta philosophy.” – Swami Vivekananda
Curiously enough the scene is laid on the battlefield, where Sri Krishna teaches this philosophy to Arjuna The doctrine which stands out luminously in every page of the Gita is intense activity, but in the midst of it, eternal calmness. This is the secret of work, to attain which is the goal of the Vedanta. Inactivity, as we understand it in the sense of passivity, certainly cannot be the goal. Were it so, then the walls around us would be the most intelligent; they are inactive. Clods of earth, stumps of trees, would be the greatest sages in the world; they are inactive. Nor does inactivity become activity when it is combined with passion. Real activity, which is the goal of Vedanta, is combined with eternal calmness, the calmness which cannot be ruffled, the balance of mind which is never disturbed, whatever happens. And we all know from our experience in life that that is the best attitude for work.