Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Karma Yogam: Chapter 3: Verse 12

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Sharing What Ever God Has Blessed Us With Others is Our Duty

इष्टान्भोगान्हि वो देवा दास्यन्ते यज्ञभाविता: |
तैर्दत्तानप्रदायैभ्यो यो भुङ्क्ते स्तेन एव स: || 3.12||

iṣhṭān bhogān hi vo devā dāsyante yajña-bhāvitāḥ
tair dattān apradāyaibhyo yo bhuṅkte stena eva saḥ|| 3.12||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 3- Ver. 12:

The celestial gods will grant you all of your desired necessities of existence after they have been satisfied by your sacrifice. Those who take advantage of what is provided to them without returning it are true thieves.


In this stanza, Krishna explains the tamasika individual. One who receives benefits without considering how they will be repaid. Shree Krishna calls it a stealing attitude when we begin to view the treasures of nature as things of our own enjoyment rather than as methods of serving the Lord.

God created the world we live in, and everything in it is his property. We are clearly committing robbery from the divine perspective if we use his creation for our own pleasure without acknowledging his authority over it. Each person is expected to execute his or her role as a service to the Supreme as an integral member of God’s world.

Verse & what we can learn

The Entire creation is Lord’s the air we breathe, the sunlight we enjoy, the water we drink the food that comes out of mother earth is all his prasad. Offering him even a bit, out of love and sharing it with others as well is our minimum duty.

To the almighty who is everything and gives us everything that we can give but our love anything that we offer to the lord should be out of love.

What does bhagavad gita say about duties? Teachings of Krishna in bhagavad gita give us guidance in this aspect. To have control over senses and to develop the right qualities necessary for our spiritual progress meditation is the tool we can make use of.

There are various types of meditation like Buddhist meditation, heartfulness meditation, mindfulness meditation, meditation for stress, and each meditation benefits are countless. There are also numerous meditation techniques for beginners which help in practicing daily meditation so go ahead and start your journey towards a peaceful and balanced life.

In the Next verse, Shri Krishna tells Arjuna about how spiritually minded take food and how others take it.

Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…

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