Bhagavad-Gita is a doctrine of universal
truth. Its message is sublime,
and non-sectarian although it is a part
of the scriptural trinity of Sanatana
or Universal Dharma---the book of universal
spiritual principles---commonly known
as Vedic culture of ancient India.
The Bhagavad Gita is very easy to understand
in any language for a mature mind. A repeated
reading with sincere attitude of reverence
and faith will reveal all the sublime
ideas contained in it. A
few abstruse statements are interspersed
here and there, but they have no direct
bearing on practical issues or the central
theme of Gita. The Gita deals with the
most sacred metaphysical science.
It imparts the knowledge of the Self and
answers two universal questions: Who am
I, and how can I lead a happy and peaceful
life in this world of dualities? It is
a book of yoga, the moral and spiritual
growth for mankind, based on the cardinal
principles of Universal Dharma.
The Bhagavad-Gita is the essence
of Vedas and a part of Mahabharata.
It teaches the universal spiritual philosophy
regarding the metaphysical science of
the highest Reality. The Bhagavad Gita
gives a non fear based knowledge of the
higher Self. It's a book of wisdom that
inspired Thoreau, Emerson, Einstein, Gandhi
and many others. The Bhagavad-Gita
teaches one to equip oneself for the battle
of life. A repeated study with
faith purifies our psyche and guides us
to face the challenges of modern living
leading to inner peace and happiness.
Bhagavad Gita teaches the spiritual science
of Self-realization based on the essence
of Upanishads and Vedanta. The
prime message of the Gita is that the
ultimate purpose of life is to realize
one’s essential nature and become
one with the supreme Self within. It assures
spiritual progress for all humans, and
how to be one with the supreme. Its teachings
are subtle, profound, universal, uplifting,
and sublime. Gita explains basic principles
of the spiritual science in a very clear
and inspiring manner. Inviolable relationship
between the Cosmic Reality and the individual
soul is well established in the Gita.
If one lives in the spirit of even a few
verses of the Gita, one’s life will
be transformed into divinity.
The philosophy of action, devotion and
Self-knowledge is wonderfully synthesized
and harmonized in the Bhagavad Gita---without
creating any conflict among them---to
give the reader eternal bliss, everlasting
peace and perennial joy in life. It awakens
Cosmic Consciousness and stimulates life
with spirituality in aspirant.
Spirituality deals with the knowledge
of the Absolute. Religions have
limitations, because they only focus on
one aspect of Truth. That is why they
are always clashing with one another.
They all think they are the sole master
of the Truth. Religion tends to create
a wall of division and conflicts along
religious lines, whereas spirituality
unites people by breaking those walls.
A spiritual person is a friend
of all and a foe of none, because he considers
all creatures---living or non-living---as
part and parcel of the cosmic body of
The message of the Bhagavad Gita
came to humanity because of Arjuna’s
unwillingness to do his duty as a
warrior because fighting involved
destruction and killing.
Nonviolence or Ahimsa is one of the most
fundamental tenets of spiritual culture.
All lives, human or non-human, are sacred.
This immortal discourse between the Supreme
Lord, Krishna, and His devotee-friend,
Arjuna, occurs not in a temple, a secluded
forest, or on a mountain top but on a
battlefield on the eve of a war and is
recorded in the great epic, Mahabharata.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
advises Arjuna to get up and fight. This
may create a mis-understanding of the
principles of Ahimsa if the background
of the war of Mahabharata is not kept
in mind. Therefore, a brief historical
description is in order.
In ancient times there was a king who
had two sons, Dhritarashtra and Pandu.
The former was born blind; therefore,
Pandu inherited the kingdom. Pandu
had five sons. They were called the Pandavas.
Dhritarashtra had one hundred sons. They