Nowadays lots of management and self-help ‘gurus’ talk about using the Gita as inspiration to find success in business, office, personal life etc. Does the Gita tell us how to deal with defeat as well?
The lessons from Bhagavad Gita teach us how to handle not just defeat but victory too. Not to take victory to your head or defeat to your heart. Beyond that, it helps us to learn how to handle the opposites of life – hot/cold, victory/defeat, gain/loss, ups/downs. All these are temporary, they come and go. It teaches us to learn the world, nature of objects, relationships etc. And finally, in all these situations, how to live without losing balance – he alone can be successful. If we can smile in defeat, there is a chance for victory.