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Importance Of Reading The Bhagwad Gita

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The Bhagwad Gita

Sanatan Dharma has so much Vedic literature such as Ramayan, Mahabharat, Srimad Bhagwatam, Upnishads, etc. One can realize the importance of reading The Bhagwad Gita only after reading and then comprehending it. Modern people don’t have sufficient time to study all these books of literature. However, if we have studied The Bhagavad Gita, we have studied all the Vedic scriptures. It may be widely regarded as the Universal Book Of Wisdom and philosophy of life but no one, not even its strongest proponents, seems to claim the exact time of its origin. The calculations based on historical facts of India show The Gita to be 5,153 years old. Although ancient, it is still considered as one such book that all masters, as well as motivational speakers, depend upon.

I have come to know the importance of reading The Bhagwad Gita and now claim that there is no such perfectly synthesized mystical textbook of philosophical ideas in poetry in the entire world. It is not a religious book. It is a dynamic text with different levels of understanding giving us practical knowledge and philosophy of life. It largely speaks about humanity, reality, our place in that reality, as well as the actions we should take to find wisdom and happiness. A narrative framework of a dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna (an avatar of Lord Vishnu), so enchanting to hypnotize the entire world. Lord Krishna counsels Arjuna at the time of despair. Krishna through his warrior, really speaking to us.

To understand the importance of reading The Bhagwad Gita one must know the reason for the Mahabharata War. The conflict arose from a dynastic succession struggle between two groups of cousins, the Kauravas and Pandavas, where Kauravs were not ready to give even an inch of the land to Pandavas. The level of injustice meted out to Pandavas that Duryodhana, Shakuni, Dushasan and all the others created from day one was too high. They tried to murder Bhima by poisoning him, and by tying him up and putting him in the river. Next in the line of indignation was trying to burn the Pandavas in the palace that was built of lac and sulfur and again cheating them out of the kingdom. Affronts were the corrupt game of dice, which was total cheating, and the disgrace of disrobing Draupadi in public. There was a number of events that led to war. So, the reason why the war happened was, DISOBEDIENCE OF DHARMA  Lord Krishna never wanted war. Many times he tried and approached the senior members of the kuru family, Kauravas to make them understand how dangerous the war could be. But when the inevitable happened he ensured that the results were complete.

The question emerges that Krishna could have easily released his Sudarshan Chakra and have severed the heads of evil. Then why didn’t he do it? What is God teaching us in this situation? Maybe it would have been like giving authority to the teacher to promote his students without putting them to the test. This way the students would not learn their wrongdoings or where they have excelled or wronged. So war could not be averted.

                                                       Gita Gyan

The importance of reading The Bhagwad Gita precisely starts with the dilemma of Arjuna. He was apprehensive of killing his entire clan for the sake of the kingdom. So Lord Krishna being his charioteer showed him the right path. He emphasised two terms Karma and Dharma. He calmed Arjuna by explaining the righteousness of the war; A WAR OF DHARMA. The Kauravas were on the side of Adharma and had broken the rules and laws and hence Arjuna would have to do his Karma to uphold Dharma. He clears his confusion by solving the root cause: body and identification. He then tells him his real identity, the Atma and removes the sense of doership and asks him to just be an instrument by following his natural varna as a Kshatriya. This is the real philosophy of life even today. This made Arjuna realize that he had to fight in the war.  This war was not about him, it was about a concept, an idea of Dharma and when God himself was holding the reins of Arjuna’s chariot, he found peace with the idea of war.

All these teachings, which Krishna gave, are rooted in the knowledge of Vedas. The only difference is Lord Krishna, as an ideal Guru, made the knowledge of Vedas digestible by Arjuna. Like a good Doctor, God diagnosed Arjuna’s confusion and prescribed a treatment based on the Veda. 

What makes The Gita so great is that a large number of people in this world are suffering from the same predicament as that of Arjuna. So undoubtedly the same treatment or information will work to make the condition of most people better. Arjuna was representing mankind and asked all those questions which any person would ask about spiritual life.

Written in Sanskrit traditionally attributed to Rishi Vyas for compiling its raw form 2200 years back. He became a part of the war and was an ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas. He collected and compiled the scripture. Its 700 verses of 18 chapters are often quoted by many great personalities who believe that Bhagwat Gita has been a guiding force in their lives. The scripture, which is often referred to as a philosophy of life, is way more than a religious text. Alongside the importance of reading The Bhagwad Gita is explicit in the Hindu faith,  because it has influenced many great thinkers in India and abroad. What makes The Gita so great is that a large number of people in this world are suffering from the same predicament as that of Arjuna. We human beings still face many dilemmas and are stuck on certain junctions in life from where we don’t know how to proceed or what to do. So undoubtedly the same treatment or philosophy of life will work to make the condition of most people better.

The knowledge revealed by Lord Krishna in the form of a great song unfolding all its wisdom verse by verse. Surprisingly this knowledge is as practical and relevant today as it was in that era of Mahabharata. There are so many reasons for this. We have been trying to make our life happier using science and technology. But an unbiased analysis helps us understand that our efforts seem to fall short with increasing levels of depression, anxiety, jealousy on individual fronts and disunity violence and frequent wars on collective fronts. Negligence of spiritual dimensions has made it worse.

TEACHINGS

Do Your Karma, Leave Fruits Of your Act-On Him:- You cannot escape your duty or responsibility. Your control is only on doing duty. If you keep thinking of the fruit, you will never get the best. The fruits of work should not be the motive and never consider yourself to be the cause of the result.

Expectations And Fears Limit Our Possibilities:- In the very first chapter Shri Krishna said to Arjun, “Even when the walls are crumbling around you and the earth is cracking beneath your feet, do not expect or fear anything. Fight boldly, in the battlefield of life.

The Soul Is Neither Born Nor Does It Die:- Soul is immortal, and death is a cycling process, but one who takes birth has to die one day.

Nothing Is Permanent:- Change is the law of the universe. If a day has happened, it will turn to and into day again.

Nothing In The World Belongs To You:- We did not bring anything to this world, nor we are going to take anything.

Desires Come And Go:- To remain happy, one should simply not get caught in the chains of desire.

Life Is All About Managing Emotions

Happiness Is Peace. And peace can come only to a steady mind:- you should learn to tolerate all ups and downs of life. Balance of mind is necessary not only for pain but success also needs equilibrium. Both are distractions. You don’t have to necessarily go to the place of worship to see the divinity. Divinity is everywhere whether nature or people.

 Before I conclude I must say that this great text is not looking up to you to read. But if you want meaning in your life you must read AND comprehend whether you are Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian. The Bhagavad Gita is a philosophy and is beyond religion.

                                                          

9 thoughts on “Importance Of Reading The Bhagwad Gita”

  1. Explained in very simple way but significant…..yes god responds to his devotees with love…..Different people approach him with different mindsets and expectations….but he considers them his dearest devotees, who go through the battles of life with discipline, knowledge and intelligence, do their part in creation and surrender to him with devotion and faith. …

    Very well written…keep it up?????

    1. Very well written Sapna….

      BHAGWAT GITA, a conversation between a GURU and his pupil, sitting in a chariot in the midpoint of a great battlefield …thousand of years ago.

      BHAGWAT GITA is not a dose of medicine or a contract of obligation…it is the key that unlocks our shackles, the light that dispels darkness.

      It shows us the way to overcome our emotions and attend duties, it gives us inner strength and guidelines for leading a balanced life…and above all importance of a GURU in our life !!!

  2. Very well written.Everyone should apply the teachings of Bhagwad Gita in his/her life.You have written in a way easy to understand and motivating.Keep going ?

  3. I had this thought of reading Bhagwad Gita some day. But this write-up of yours has made me Intrigued, and now i want to know more about it. I will definitely find time, and read the Gita soon.
    Thankyou.

  4. Sapna you explained Bhagwat Geeta in very simple but impressive way. We should apply the teachings of Gita in our life.
    Thanks for writing on such topic ☺️

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