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Creative Insights from the Bhagavad Gita: 10 Principles for Designers

Updated: Mar 11, 2023

The Bhagavad Gita offers insights on how to navigate challenges, embrace change, and cultivate a creative mindset. Reading it can inspire designers to approach their work with greater purpose and meaning.The Bhagavad Gita is a spiritual and philosophical text, but there are several principles that can be applied to design and creativity. Here are ten points that designers might find useful:

  1. Focus on the present moment: "Be steadfast in yoga, O Arjuna. Perform your duty and abandon all attachment to success or failure. Such evenness of mind is called yoga." (2.48)

  2. Embrace change: "The wise see that there is action in the midst of inaction and inaction in the midst of action. Their consciousness is unified, and every act is done with complete awareness." (4.18)

  3. Stay humble: "Let a man lift himself by his own self alone, let him not lower himself; for this self alone is the friend of oneself and this self alone is the enemy of oneself." (6.5)

  4. Practice detachment: "When one gives up all desires that agitate the mind, and when one is satisfied in the self by the self, then one is said to be in pure transcendental consciousness." (2.55)

  5. Work selflessly: "You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty." (2.47)

  6. Practice moderation: "The senses are higher than the body, the mind higher than the senses; above the mind is the intellect, and above the intellect is the Atma (soul)." (3.42)

  7. Cultivate creativity: "I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from me. The wise who know this perfectly engage in my devotional service and worship me with all their hearts." (10.8)

  8. Embrace failure: "The meaning of Karma is in the intention. The intention behind the action is what matters. Those who are wise are detached from the results of their actions and do not worry about success or failure." (2.51)

  9. Value collaboration: "A single tree does not make a forest; it takes many trees to make a forest. In the same way, it takes many people to create something great." (18.20)

  10. Seek inner peace: "One who is at peace with oneself is able to live in peace with others. A person who is agitated inside cannot find peace outside." (6.7)

About The author

Gaurav Mandal is a fashion educator and leader, dedicated to inspiring the next generation of design professionals. He is recipient of two national awards from the Indian Government for his contributions to the fashion industry. A NIFT Delhi Gold Medalist fashion designer , he completed his Fashion Marketing master’s degree from Nottingham Trent University, UK. He teaches millions of students through his YouTube Channel and works with several NGO’s for imparting creative education.

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