Message Of Gita

The story of the Gita is the story of Indian civilisation itself.
We know the Gita as Krishna's counsel to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. But was it Krishna who created it? Or was it poet Ved Vyasa who was speaking the truth of the universe through Krishna? Does Sanjaya, who told blind king Dhritarashtra all that he saw happening in a faraway battlefield, deserve any less credit?
What about all the poets and philosophers who sang, recited, wrote down, or translated the Gita for people like us?

This is their story - the story of the Gita.

Right before the final confrontation between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, Krishna, who is the universe personified, rescues Arjuna from paralysing doubt by giving him the essence of Vedic thought - the Bhagwad Gita.
Vyasa told the story of the Mahabharata to his disciple Vaisampayana, who told it to
Romaharshana, who told it to Sauti, who told it to Shaunaka in the Naimisha forest. More than Four thousand years ago, the rishis of Aryavarta composed the Rig Veda. In it, they praised the sun, the moon, and the planets. They paid homage to the forces that hold the universe together.
In the centuries that followed, the Yajurveda spoke of rituals with which mortals might call upon the gods and praise them. After that, the Upanishads shifted the focus from the celestial to the human. Brahman, that which unites all beings, the song that vibrates and flows through all that exists, is shown to be a universal mind.
Over centuries, after much debate and disagreement between monks, the Vedanta came to the people at last. The Puranas, and the Ramayana, and the Mahabharata were written down in Brahmi script for the first time ever.
When religions of the book arrived in the sub-continent for the first time, Vedic ideas began to be retold in regional languages and scripts. Through songs and stories, Vedic ideas reached the masses. The Gita had found a new home -- the Indian mind.
When the Europeans made their first attempts to understand Indian culture, the many customs and beliefs of the Hindus made little sense to them. So they decided that Hindus must have one book that is the source of all their beliefs.
What the European scholars did not understand was that Vedic ideas could exist without being "holy books". They did not understand the importance of songs, stories, and rituals that travelled the land, spreading the essence of Vedic thought. Also, the Bhagwad Gita is not the only Gita. The Puranas speak of the Guru Gita, Ganesh Gita, Avadhuta Gita, Ram Gita, Uddhav Gita, Vyadha Gita, and the Anu Gita Around the time when the Roman empire was rising in the mediterranean, the Mahabharata was being written down in India. In a few centuries, it went from being a short tale called JAYA to being a mighty epic of one-hundred-thousand verses. And at its heart, there was the

  • Bhagwad Gita - a book that has been called god's gift to Arjuna.

Guru Gita, Ganesh Gita, Avadhuta Gita, Ram Gita, Uddhav Gita, Vyadha Gita, and the Anu

Philosopher Adi Shankara saw in Gita the oneness of divinity and humanity. Ramanuja and Madhava found in the Gita the difference between the human and the divine. In the twentieth century, Mohandas Gandhi, Lokamanya Tilak, and Bhimrao Ambedkar all found different meanings in the Gita. Across the seas, Huxley, Oppenheimer, found their hearts reflected in the Gita.
There are as many avatars of the Gita as there are minds that it has touched. While it has lived for long and meant many things to many people, the Gita's message remains as simple as it was when the rishis first contemplated the Vedas.
Our world is one of infinite variety and change. Life does not last. Neither does death. We see the world as we are. We create meaning by giving shape to emptiness and by creating boundaries to contain the infinite.
We create friends and enemies. We create right and wrong. We create our own truth and we let it define us.
There are three paths that can help us find our way in this world --

Karma Yoga: the path of action and acceptance.

Bhakti Yoga: the path of devotion and surrender.

Gyana Yoga: the path of knowledge and understanding.

When we understand the other person, we understand the universe. That is, and has always been, the way the world works.

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