Glories of Bhagavad Gita
What is the Bhagavad-gita?
The Bhagavad-gita is an ancient philosophical classic that offers insights about life and love, about yoga and spirituality, soul, intelligence and mind, God and eternity, hope and happiness. It has been read and respected by many of the greatest thinkers of the world. If offers transformational wisdom that can help us tap our latent spiritual potential and bring out the divine spark within us, for our and others' ultimate good.
Why did Krishna choose a battlefield to enlighten Arjuna?
In addition to being a historical fact, the setting of Gita signifies a deeper conflict within our consciousness. Within every human psyche is a lower self-represented by the Kauravas, who fought against Arjuna and his brothers, the Pandavas. There is also a higher self-represented by Arjuna and the other Pandavas. The war thus represents a strife between virtue and vice, between foolishness and intelligence within our hearts.
Arjuna’s breakdown before the Bhagavad Gita was spoken signifies our own bewilderment about right and wrong in the face of intractable perplexity and Krishna’s instruction illuminates for us the path of the highest morality based on selfless devotion to God. Arjuna’s eventual victory after enlightenment represents the potency of the divine wisdom of Bhagavad Gita to empower us to ultimately triumph over our lower nature and achieve inner fulfillment in this life and eternal joyful life thereafter.
Eminent Thinkers on the Bhagavad-gita
"When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous."
- Albert Einstein
"The Bhagavad-Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions."
- Dr. Albert Schweizer
"The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity."
- Aldous Huxley
"The idea that man is like unto an inverted tree seems to have been current in by gone ages. The link with Vedic conceptions is provided by Plato in his Timaeus in which it states…" behold we are not an earthly but a heavenly plant."
- Carl Jung
"In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny and trivial."
- Henry David Thoreau
"The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of lifes wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion."
- Herman Hesse
"When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-Gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day."
- Mahatma Gandhi
"The Bhagavad-Gita is an empire of thought and in its philosophical teachings Krishna has all the attributes of the full-fledged montheistic deity and at the same time the attributes of the Upanisadic absolute."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"In order to approach a creation as sublime as the Bhagavad-Gita with full understanding it is necessary to attune our soul to it."
- Rudolph Steiner