The Bhagavad Gita or the Song Celestial is one of the most sacred Scriptures in the world. It is a constant companion to men in every walk of life. It is a string of verses which were spoken by Bhagwan Krishna to Arjuna at the battlefield. It is a part of the epic Mahabharata.
The Bhagwad Gita is the most widely read and revered religious text of the world. The State of Haryana is proud of the fact that this legendary epic was orated by Lord Krishna at Jyotisar (Kurukshetra), which is located here.
Further, it was also compiled by Veda Vyasa on the bank of river Saraswati, which was once a perennial river of this State. Hence, the greatest philosophy of life is associated with Haryana because Lord Krishna had given the Supreme Sermon to Arjuna on this land.
This poem is long poem, which, in fact, describes the gist of life, karma and duties of an individual. Lord Krishna narrates to Arjuna how he should do his duty and become a part of the Ultimate Soul. This poem forms the sixteenth chapters (adhyayas) of the Mahabharata, written by Veda Vyasa. It is in the form of. Sanskrit hymns (Shlokas). Let us study, in brief, what The Bhagwad Gita tells every human form of the world.
People of modern generation are increasingly finding that in spite of the material comforts abundantly available, there is a void in their life which cries to be filled in. The crisis is psycho – spiritual and it exists whether we realize it if not. There is no other book like the holy Bhagavad Gita, which fills in the void. All the teachings are suited to the modern inquisitive mind.
The Bhagavad Gita teaches socially oriented positive action. The theme is Lok Sangraha, which means integration, regulation, protection, and preservation of the society.
Gita is among the three main scriptures of Hindu Dharma, others being The Upanishads and The Bhrahmasutras. These three are together known as Prashthayanas. There are 18 chapters in the Gita, and it contains 700 verses. The Mahabharata contains a canto titled as Bhishma Parva and chapters from 25 to 42 of this Parva constitute the Gita. Gita Jayanti falls in the month of December ( Mrigashirsha ) . The Gita was spoken by Lord Krishna to Arjuna in Dwapar Yuga. And in the Hindu calendar, the Kali Era, the present era, is dated with reference to the day of Gitopadesha.
Krishna, presented in the poem as Vishnu in the flesh, is the spiritual teacher who recited the Gita. Most of The Bhagwad Gita consists of a dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna on the battlefield on Kurukshetra.
That is where the armies of the royal cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas, face each other for the decisive battle to end their feud. The Bhagwad Gita debates the right and wrong of conflict. It also discusses a person’s duty to himself, or herself, his or her fellow human and God.
It explores God’s relationship with humans. It shows how people can begin to understand God and thus, free themselves from the burden of Karma (deeds done in previous lives and in this present life).
Krishna instructs Arjuna about three ways to have union with God. The first is Karma Yoga (the Way of Action). Every person should do his or her duty according to caste, without hope of personal benefit or ambition, but with faith in God. Those who go through the motions of performing rituals without care or interest, or do their work only for profit, will never be released from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
The Bhagwad Gita provides a summary of the Hindu religious thought and practice; much of it is based on the Upanishads. These are part of the Vedas, the oldest sacred books of Hinduism. It gives a methodology for developing belief as well as for forging a personal relationship between the deity and his/her worshipper. It offers a new approach to the full perception of, and absorption in, Brahman.
The Bhagavad-gita is such an important scripture that it can help us to get out of the cycle of birth and death. Anyone who recites Bhagavad-gita with devotion will go to the spiritual world at the time of death. If one reads Bhagavad-gita sincerely the reaction of one’s past deeds will not act upon one.
According to me everyone should read Bhagvad Gita whenever you feel low and cannot find a reason to live. By reading Gita you will be able to see your life in a positive way. You’ll know about your soul needs and whatever situation you are facing today that is earned by your past life karma nobody else is responsible for that. If you focus on your karma and keep a check when you are creating negative karma it will save you from increasing your negative karma. By surrending to Bhagwan and focusing on your soul you can definately change your life for better.