Coping with illness: Insight from the Bhagavad Gita

Bharti Kalra, Ameya Joshi, Sanjay Kalra, Vivekanand G. Shanbhag, Jyoti Kunwar, Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, Sandeep Chaudhary, Deepak Khandelwal, Sameer Aggarwal, Gagan Priya, Komal Verma, Manash P. Baruah, Rakesh Sahay, Sarita Bajaj, Navneet Agrawal, Sivatharshiya Pathmanathan, Inderjit Prasad, Ashim Chakraborty, Nanik Ram

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The Shrimad Bhagavad Gita enlightens everyone on how to cope up with various situations in life. It uses the conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna to highlight initial negative coping mechanisms exhibited by the latter. It goes on to showcase positive coping skills suggested by Lord Krishna and implemented by Arjuna. The Bhagavad Gita, through this 'case-based methodology,' teaches us how to cope with a demanding situation. Diabetes is a lifestyle disease, which warrants a thorough change in one's lifestyle, including changes in basic activities such as diet and exercise. This brief communication utilizes the teachings of Bhagavad Gita to help in coping with illness, especially chronic illness such as diabetes. The article cites verses from the Bhagavad Gita to show how one may cope with the stress of illness such as diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-564
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • Acceptance
  • action
  • anger
  • blame
  • coping skills
  • dejection
  • denial
  • diabetes distress
  • grief
  • knowledge
  • optimism


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