Greatness of Gitaji
The Bhagwad Gita –the Lord’s song – is a sacred scripture revered by millions all over the world. Among the priceless teachings that may be found in the great Hindu epic of the Mahabharata, there is none so rare and precious as the Bhagwad Gita, since it fell from the divine lips of Lord Krishna. It is the divine discourse spoken by the supreme Lord Krishna Himself. It contains priceless teachings which have stood the test of the time. It has assumed a position of universal interest. Its teachings have gained appreciation not only in India, but far beyond its borders. In fact words fail to express the glory of the Bhagwad Gita, for it contains the highest esoteric doctrines. It is the essence of the Vedas. Its language is so easily comprehensible after a little practice; but the thoughts are so deep & sublime that none can arrive at their end even after constant study throughout a life-time. Every contemplation exhibits new facets of Truth, therefore they remain ever fresh and new. Bhagwad Gita is a locker that contains the treasures of the transcendental knowledge of the most profound nature and the key to this locker is faith & reverence, as Lord Krishna Himself says in the Bhagwad Gita:
sraddhaval labhate jnanam
jnanam labdhva param santim
He, who has fully controlled his senses, is exclusively devoted to spiritual practice and is full of faith, attains Knowledge; having gained Knowledge, he immediately attains supreme peace( in the form of God-Realization)
The Bhagwad Gita is considered by Eastern & Western scholars alike to be among the greatest spiritual books the world has ever known. The manner in which the Gita describes the virtues, glory and secrets of God is hardly found in any other scripture; for in other books, the teachings are generally mixed up, more or less, with worldly subjects; but the Gita uttered by the Lord is such an incomparable holy book that not a word will be found in it, which is devoid of some spiritual import. That is why Sri Vedavyasa, after describing the Gita in the Mahabharata b, says in the end:
Gita sugita kartavyya Kim anayye shastar vistarayyi.
Ya svayam Padamnabhassye Mukhpadamat Vinisrita.
(The Gita should be carefully studied, i.e. after reading the text, its meaning and idea should be gathered and held in the mind. It emanated from the lotus-like lips of Bhagwan Vishnu Himself, from whose navel sprung the lotus. What is the use of studying the other elaborate scriptures?)
In terms of pure spiritual knowledge the Bhagwad Gita is unique. Its intrinsic beauty lies in its universal implications, its knowledge applies to all human beings, irrespective of Varna & Ashrama, the only pre- requisite being FAITH& REVERENCE. It is approachable from the sanctified realms of all religions and is glorified as the epitome of all spiritual teachings. Bhagwad Gita reveals the eternal principles which are fundamental and essential for the spiritual life from all perspectives. Every verse of Bhagwad Gita is full of the deepest mystery. It is meant to lift the aspirant from the lower levels of renunciation, where the objects are renounced, to the loftier heights where desires are dead, and where the yogi dwells in calm and ceaseless contemplation, while his body and mind are actively employed in discharging the duties that fall to his lot in life.
Bhagwad Gita is a scripture of yoga: now yoga literally means union, so Bhagwad Gita brings harmony with the divine Law, the becoming one with the divine Life. The spiritual man need not be a recluse, as union with the divine Life can be achieved and maintained in the midst of worldly affairs. The obstacles to that union lie not outside but within us- such is the central lesson of the BHAGVAD GITA. Therefore Men who desire their welfare should read the Gita with utmost faith and reverence, understand the meaning and the underlying idea of every verse, and while studying and reflecting on it themselves, should, according to the injunction of the Lord, earnestly take to spiritual practice.