About The Bhagavad Gita and Psychology
I was first introduced to Mahabharata (the epic work of ancient India) when I was about 10 years old. My husband (well, the future husband who was 12 at that time) and his friend Semen were working on the school project at the young adult section of the library. I happened to be there too checking on something in mythology section where I found Mahabharata and Ramayana – two prominent epics of ancient India. My husband (future husband at that time) saw me looking at those two books. Long story short, both of us got caught by Mahabharata. Since then we’ve read different translations, analyzed it from various angles based on our age and life experiences.
The Bhagavad Gita is a nectar of Mahabharata – it is a dialog between Krishna and Arjuna that happened just prior the battle on Kurukshetra.
This body of wisdom is recorded in some 700 verses.
Like I said, depending on the level of my personal conscious development and current stage of my life, I looked and absorbed the knowledge from different perspectives.
As a psychologist, I can surely say that first advanced science of psychology was starting to developing in Ancient India as Bhagavad Gita shows how human mind develops from a pitiful state of anxiety and depression to that highly developed state in which the intellect is mounted to pure divine consciousness of eternal being – into the most evolved and highest state of human evolution.
(The Bhagavad Gita Book on the picture is translated by Eknath Easwaran – it doesn’t have any commentaries, just verses. It is on my night-table and I read it before falling asleep).
~ Rita Digilova, July 2017