This unique religion caters to the Material as well as the Spiritual needs of everyone including theists and atheists alike. It’s universality makes it unique among the eminent sacred works of the world. It’s unique in that it rises above temporal questions and reveals the dynamic way by which man may achieve perfection of the self and final absolution.
The Bhagavad Gita was written between 400BC and 200AD like the Vedas and the Upanishads the authorship is unclear, although many credit Vyasa, a man more legend then actual historical figure.
Interestingly the Tao Te Ching, the classic Taoist text written in 400BC or even as early as 500BC, also has an unclear authorship, though many credit Lao Tzu, a man also more legend then historical figure.
Both the devotion to God implored in the Bhagavad Gita and the embrace of the Way (of God) explained in the Tao Te Ching are meant to bring a person closer to perfection.Indifference to Duality is evident in both the Gita and the Tao. Both texts also insinuate that the physical world is an illusion. Paradoxically both texts seem to offer wisdom that is unreachable, but at the same time imperishable.
In both your challenge is to take a good look at the way you’ve been living and to weed out old habits and beliefs that once fortified your ego but no longer serve you. They both stress the importance of working on the mind, our ways of thinking and our emotional responses to life, such as an abusive or lifeless relationship, an addiction, a history of powerlessness, overwork, or the glare of self-hatred, for example.
As you do this, you’re left to face the great canyon of emptiness that lies underneath. While it can be frightening, facing this inner void clears the slate, making way for change and regeneration.They both stress that it’s only by perfecting the soul within, that our outer environment can be perfected.
In the Gita the tasks of facing the Underworld and your shadow provoke the Kleshas, especially the one called Abhinivesha, which is (a fear of death and the tendency to cling to life). Though painful, the death of the ego is essential so that, like the mythical phoenix, you can rise from the ashes and come to life again in a more mature form.
The suffering and death of the Klesha, Asmita (the Ego), breaks through the defensive structures that frame our personalities, so we can get closer to our souls. The contraction and suffering experienced with the death of the ego can close your heart and make you feel dry, barren, and exiled. This may seem like a spiritual wasteland, but it’s one of the richest and most verdant paths of your awakening.
Although you might not yet see it, the seeds of your new self are sprouting beneath the soil of your awareness. This is often when the Klesha, Avidya (ignorance or delusion) is stimulated: You can’t see what you’ll grow into. You may also have trouble recognizing the last stage of your transition for what it is.
Finally, after all this waiting, you are reborn. This is when the Klesha called Raga (attachment to pleasure) gets stirred up. Now that you’ve moved away from suffering and death, you’re loath to re-experience it. You may rush to form an attachment to your new identity.
Yet if you’re interested in spiritual development, you don’t want to get too comfortable. If spiritual maturity is truly your priority, you must be ready to leave the comfort zone and begin again and again, as many times as it takes. Don’t get distracted by the siren song of Raga.
A spiritual initiation of the Tao is like a carving knife—it cuts and pierces, but also refines and reshapes you. It allow you to reinvent yourself completely, to give yourself over to something greater. There are windows through which you can glimpse who you really are and what’s possible for you. They’re not just an emotional necessity; they’re a spiritual imperative.
As you learn to recognize and accept the extraordinary power of change in both the Gita and the Tao, and develop the art of surrender, you’ll be rewarded with an awakening of the natural alignment between body, mind, and spirit that already exists within you.
As always, thanks for visiting. Dave