Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04, Text 39
“On what basis can I put faith in the Bhagavad-gita?” To this natural question, Gita wisdom answers: intelligence and experience.
To start off, we can use our intelligence to examine the Gita’s basic philosophical teachings: the temporality and misery of life in the arena of matter, and the eternality and the ecstasy of life in the arena of spirit. With guided and open-mindedstudy, we will see for ourselves that these teachings are intellectually satisfying and even appealing.
The Gita is not just a book of analysis but of action; all its analysis is meant to gear its original student,Arjuna,– and all its subsequent students, us, — to action. When we act to apply the Gita’s basic principles in our own lives, we experience a dual inner transformation. Firstly, the fuzziness around matter clears, helping us to see material indulgences as sources of misery. Secondly, the vagueness around spirit lifts, helping us to perceive spiritual reality centered on Krishna as rich and relishable. By this dual reformulation of our vision, we realize the veracity of the Gita’s basic teachings.