The Bhagavad Gita is the greatest book on life management, ultimate science of eternal reality & highest philosophy of spirit & matter. For thousands of years, the Gita has played the role of proverbial friend, philosopher and guide to billions of spiritual seekers from across the world. The Bhagavad Gita is the most celebrated Hindu Scripture. The Gita is the heart and soul of Sanatana dharma and Vedic culture. According to the Bhagavad Gita, selfless action is the greatest Yajna(sacrifice), highest knowledge, purest worship and supreme human virtue. The Gita holds key to a humane World Order based on the eternal and universal values of Truth, Justice, Compassion, Love, Sacrifice and selfless Service to society and mankind. The Bhagavad Gita’s call for selfless action inspired many leaders of the Indian independence movement including B G Tilak, Maharshi Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi referred to the Gita as his “spiritual dictionary”.
According to Swami Vivekananda, the Bhagavad Gita is the best commentary on the Vedanta Philosophy. The Gita is for every one in every occupation of life. The Upanishads and the Gita are the true scriptures. The Gita is the popular scripture of India and the loftiest of all teachings. “The teachings of Krishna as taught by the Gita are the grandest the world has ever known. He who wrote that wonderful poem was one of those rare souls whose lives sent a wave of regeneration through the world. The human race will never again see such a brain as his who wrote the Gita.”
To understand the role, relevance and true import of the Bhagavad Gita, please read the following statements of some greatest souls of the world:
- “From a clear knowledge of the Bhagavad-Gita all the goals of human existence become fulfilled. Bhagavad-Gita is the manifest quintessence of all the teachings of the Vedic scriptures.”
~ Adi Sankaracharya
- “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
- “When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.”
~ Albert Einstein
- J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist and director of the Manhattan Project, learned Sanskrit in 1933 and read the Bhagavad Gita in the original, citing it later as one of the most influential books to shape his philosophy of life. Upon witnessing the world’s first nuclear test in 1945, he later said he had thought of the quotation “Now I have become Death, the destroyer of worlds”, verse 32 from Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita.
- “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 , Great American Philosopher (1817-1862)
- “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 , Great American Thinker who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, ( 1803 – 1882)
- “I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-Gita. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “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 , was a German-French philosopher (1875 – 1965)
- “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, Great English writer & philosopher ( 1894 -1963)
- “The Bhagavad-Gita is a true scripture of the human race , a living creation rather than a book, with a new message for every age and a new meaning for every civilization.”
~ Rishi Aurobindo
- “The idea that man is like unto an inverted tree seems to have been current in bygone 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 , was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology (1875 – 961)
- “The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of lifes wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.”
~ Herman Hesse, was a German born Swiss poet & novelist , In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
- “The Bhagavad-Gita deals essentially with the spiritual foundation of human existence. It is a call of action to meet the obligations and duties of life; yet keeping in view the spiritual nature and grander purpose of the universe.”
~ Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
- Hermann Graf Keyserling, German Philosopher regarded Bhagavad-Gita as “Perhaps the most beautiful work of the literature of the world.”
- Wilhelm von Humboldt (great German Linguist) pronounced the Gita as: “The most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue … perhaps the deepest and loftiest thing the world has to show.”
- Turkish Ex prime minister Bulent Ecevit, when asked what had given him the courage to send Turkish troops to Cyprus ; his answer was “He was fortified by the Bhagavad Gita which taught that if one were morally right, one need not hesitate to fight injustice”.
- Invite Swami Sacchidananda Saraswati for discourses & lectures on Bhagavad Gita .