TEACHING OF THE BHAGAVAD GITA - WAY FOR GLOBAL PEACE
Dr. Kirti Matliwala
The Bhagavad Gita means songs of the spirit, it is the most beloved scripture of India, a scripture of the scriptures. It is a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, narrated in the Bhishma-Parva of the Mahabharata. It comprises eighteen chapters of a total of 701 Sanskrit verses. On the battle-field of Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna talked with Arjuna, revealed the profound, sublime and soul-stirring spiritual truths and expounded to him the rare secrets of Yoga, Vedanta, Bhakti and Karma. All the teachings of Lord Krishna were subsequently recorded as the Bhagavad Gita by Sri Bhagavan Vyasa. According to Prabhupad, (1986), The Bhagavad-Gita, a sacred Hindu text, is a popular source of knowledge and wisdom for the global community since much has been written about it, and translation of this text is available in 47 languages of the world. The instructions that are inculcated by Lord Krishna are for the whole world. It is a standard book on Yoga for all. It deals with the four Yogas, viz., Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga. The Gita is the cream of the Vedas. It is the essence of the Upanishads. It is the universal scripture for all people of all temperaments and for all times. It suggests way for inner peace. Krishna’s massage in the Bhagavad Gita is the perfect answer for the modern age. To work without the inner peace of God is Hades; and to work with His joy ever bubbling through is to carry a portable paradise within, whenever one goes. The path advocated by Krishna in the Bhagawad Gita is the moderate, medium, golden path for peace. The Gita’s wisdom is not for dry intellectualist of dogmatists but rather to show a man. It shows us how to live a balanced life to gain inner peace. Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Ramanujacharya, Sri Madhvacharya, Lokamanya Tilak, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, Sri Prabhupada and many eminent scholars wrote commentaries on The Gita. Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Emerson, Aldous Huxley, Carl Jung, Sri Aurobindo, Henry David Thoreau, JawaharLal Nehru etc., have derived inspiration from The Gita. In the Bhagwat Gita our attention is focused on the role of Lord Krishna as the guru and counselor of Arjuna. His life demonstrates the ideal not of renunciation of action but rather the renunciation of earth-binding desires for the fruit of action. We know that material civilization is full of imperfections and misery, them how should we live? The problem can be solved by bringing inner peace here, where nature has placed us. A gasping ever more money, craving for position is producing misery. Peace in the world cannot be possible by agreement or by power but only by inner peace of all human being. If we think about present scenario everybody is fighting with himself & with others. So by peace in within of a person global peace can be possible. Conflict Within Man
The Gita-gospel was given over five thousand years ago on the battle-field of Kurukshetra, by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. The real Kurukshetra is within us. The battle of Mahabharata is still raging within us. Our Ignorance is Dhritarashtra. Our individual soul is Arjuna. The Indweller Who dwells in our heart is Lord Krishna, the charioteer. The body is our chariot. The senses (Indriyas) are the horses. The mind, egoism, senses, mental impressions, latent tendencies, cravings, likes and dislikes, lust, jealousy, greed, pride and hypocrisy are our dire enemies. The Gita gives us practical lessons to regulate our daily life. It tells us how to overcome our enemies, how to develop the divine virtues which will help us to attain inner. The message of the Gita is the message of sacrifice, love and duty. Love all human being, share what we have with others, rise above petty likes- dislikes and do duty well. These are the lessons of the Gita which give inner peace to us....
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