Bhagavad Gita, most illustrious book from India, has been the source of inspiration for many great personalities in the past. Be it Swami Vivekananda or Tilak. In India everybody knows about it, but very few have read it. Let me ask a question from you all and it is not for shaming anyone but just to reflect on our status, Have you read Bhagvad Gita from cover to cover? At least 100 verses out 700? Yes, No.
Have you read at least one verse from the book and not fromthe calendar (Jo Hota hai acche ke liye hota hai sort of thing..)? Please let me know the answer in comment section if you wish.
I conducted this survey in my friend circle and the result was appalling. When I asked them, have you heard of Bhagvad Gita? They all said in unison, Yes. They also said that it is great book form India and depicts the civilizational heights from India.
Then I fired the next volley. I asked them “tell me one thing that you liked most in this book? Majority of them either responded that they don’t know anything, or quoted a verse or two (Yada Yada Hi Dhamaya or Karmanye vadhikaraste…)
Mere glorifying things will not help. Keeping Gita in sacred red cloth will defeat the purpose of having it. It is for the reading, not for the purpose of testifying false oath in the courtroom.
On this Gita Jayanti, I urge you all to read the message ofthe Lord. It is the need of the hour. When world is suffering from so manynegativities, this is a ray of hope, a way to live.