Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Karma Yogam: Chapter 3: Verse 21

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A Leader Should Lead Others By His Actions

यद्यदाचरति श्रेष्ठस्तत्तदेवेतरो जन: |
स यत्प्रमाणं कुरुते लोकस्तदनुवर्तते || 3.21||

yad yad ācharati śhreṣhṭhas tat tad evetaro janaḥ
sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute lokas tad anuvartate|| 3.21||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 3- Ver. 21:

King Janaka and others acquired excellence by carrying out their assigned tasks. You should also use your work to set an example for the world’s good. The activities of great people are followed by ordinary people. Whatever standards they establish, the entire world strives to meet them.


Shri Krishna replied that everybody who looked up to Arjuna as a role model would follow in his footsteps if Arjuna did. Most people are more interested in what we do than what we say. As a result, Shri Krishna encourages us to practise karma yoga rather than simply telling others that we are learning it. The most effective approach to lead is to set an example.

While performing his kingly duties, King Janaka attained perfection through karma yoga. He remained to execute his worldly tasks even after reaching the transcendental platform, merely for the sake of setting a good example for the rest of the world to follow. To set the norm for the rest of the world, outstanding people should always conduct themselves in an exemplary manner. Even if they have attained the transcendental platform and no longer need to execute prescribed Vedic tasks, they inspire others to perform prescribed Vedic activities by doing so.

Verse & what we can learn

One who is a leader should always lead others by example.

There are many leadership lessons from lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita leadership lessons from Bhagavad Gita show us the right path and in fact, Bhagavad Gita shlokas on leadership are a timeless treasure for everyone who aspires to be a leader.

One who aspires to be a leader should be fit mentally and physically ready to face the challenges of life and set an example for others to become an exemplary person daily meditation is a great tool.

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 gives Arjuna his own example.

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

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