There is a lot the Gita asks us to give up. Fruits of our actions. Desires. Extremes. Attachments. And so on.
But there is also something that Krishna says (and my Guru strongly advocates) we should never give up. This comes up in chapter 18 verse 5.
What is this? It is SAC.
SAC? Yes, Sacrifice, Austerity and Charity.
Sacrifice is doing everything for the benefit of others. Austerity is living with simplicity and minimalism. Charity is providing for others who cannot provide for themselves.
Why do SAC? My Guru says it is to purify our minds. How so? By shifting our focus from ourselves always (ego) to those around us. And we know how the pinnacle of spirituality is achieved by giving up the ego. Such a beautiful connect, don’t you think?