Bengaluru: For centuries together, Lord Krishna has been revered as an avatar. The Bhagavad Gita, which is the religious book of the Hindus, has had a tremendous impact on all of us. On this day of Krishna Janmashtami, we give you a few shlokas from the holy book, which can be used to better ourselves. 

The first verse is from Chapter 6 verse 17

yukta-cestasya karmasu
yogo bhavati duhkha-ha

The sum and substance of these lines: Let moderation be the watchword. Whatever you do, be it eating, recreation or the work that you do, always ensure they are moderated. The Lord further cautions Arjuna that even in the states of wakefulness and dream, one must be on one’s toes, for if one does not have a proper balance, it might lead to under-indulgence or overindulgence. When this balance is meticulously followed, life becomes Yoga or a means to attain the highest, that is God-realisation!

The second shloka or verse that comes to mind is from Chapter 8, verse 7:

tasmat sarveshu kaleshu mam anusmara yudhya ca   
mayy arpita-mano-buddhir mam evaishyasy asamsayah

The sum and substance of these lines: Always remember Me and carry on with the fight (of life) and rest assured, you will ultimately reach Me.

The next shloka or verse that comes to mind is form Chapter 9, verse 26: 

patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
asnami prayatatmanah

The gist of the verse is: Whatever you offer me, with devotion, be it a leaf, a flower, water, I accept it and grant you freedom.

These are some verses from the holy text which have kept us impressed. These shlokas, handpicked for their impact and riveting meanings they convey, carry the essence of the Gita and stridently vouchsafe the presence of the Lord in governing the lives of his children.