Bhagavad Gita,  philosophy

Nature takes the path of least resistance

Nature takes the path of least resistance. If you look at a rivulet or a stream of water flowing through mountains, it will find its way through earth by taking the path of least resistance. It will change its course if it finds a huge boulder in its way. But it will eventually reach the sea by flowing. Similarly, air & fire too act in nature. Even animals are bound by their nature and act.  Humans are born on this earth so that they can excel in life and reach the Supreme through the path of least resistance. But many times we think that life is difficult and we are given unfair choices in our path. We are confused with the choices that we face because of our ego.  


Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Geeta: 
यदहङ्कारमाश्रित्य न योत्स्य इति मन्यसे।
मिथ्यैष व्यवसायस्ते प्रकृतिस्त्वां नियोक्ष्यति।।18.59।।
स्वभावजेन कौन्तेय निबद्धः स्वेन कर्मणा।
कर्तुं नेच्छसि यन्मोहात्करिष्यस्यवशोऽपि तत्।।18.60।।

If, taking refuge of your ego, you decide to not fight. Vain is your resolve, nature will compel you to (fight). (18.59) 

O Arjuna, bound by your own action (Karma), which is born from your nature (duty), that which you decide to not do through delusion will still be done by you. (18.60)

We are all souls (Jivatma) and nature (Prakriti) does all the actions. The souls as such do not act. But as we grow older, we think that we are the doer. Thus our ego gains strength as we grow. And then we get confused later in our life with the choices that we face. How do we let Nature act it’s own way and avoid confusion in our lives, thereby living in peace? 

Bhagavan Krishna says: 
ईश्वरः सर्वभूतानां हृद्देशेऽर्जुन तिष्ठति।
भ्रामयन्सर्वभूतानि यन्त्रारूढानि मायया।।18.61।।
तमेव शरणं गच्छ सर्वभावेन भारत।
तत्प्रसादात्परां शान्तिं स्थानं प्राप्स्यसि शाश्वतम्।।18.62।।

The Lord dwells in everyones heart, Arjuna, causing all beings to whirl round as if mounted on a machine.(18.61) 

Hence, go to Him only with all your emotions/thoughts, Bharata, By His grace you will get eternal abode and peace. (18.62)

We need to take refuge with God. We need to align our will with God’s will because he knows better for us than we know what we need. By doing this we can be one with Nature and God.  


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