Do the ideas proposed in the Bhagavad Gita represent truth? Who knows. Their importance lies not in explaining reality, but in making life easier to deal with. When applied effectively, these ideas make life pleasant and livable.
I know this from experience, and the before-and-after is striking. And what’s more, having only a casual belief is enough to get the job done. In other words, I don’t have a strong conviction about these ideas, but when I think about life’s events, this is the context I place them in.
And by setting my thoughts within this context, I can see what’s baseless and without merit — and then those particular thoughts evaporate. To measure something, to gauge value, we need a standard to compare against.
Without a standard, my intuition and feelings led me into a deep dissatisfaction with life. I was anxious, annoyed, and very negative. But I was following my feelings and “being myself”, isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? If I’m full of worry, I must be worried for a valid reason, right?
Without a standard, I thought all my thoughts were valid. But we can’t be ourselves within a void, we need a frame of reference. The ideas within the Bhagavad Gita provided me with this reference, a foundation on which I can be me.