The Bhagavad Gita
From Sri Chinmoy’s book – Commentaries on the Vedas, the Upanishads & the Bhagavad Gita
Seven hundred verses are there in the Gita. About six hundred are the soul-stirring utterances from the divine lips of Lord Krishna, and the rest are from the crying, aspiring Arjuna, the clairvoyant and clairudient Sanjaya, and the inquisitive Dhrtarastra.
Is the Gita a mere word? No. A speech? No. A concept? No. A kind of concentration? No. A form of meditation? No. What is it then? It is The Realisation. The Gita is God’s Heart and man’s breath, God’s Assurance and man’s promise.
The West says that she has something special to offer to the East: the New Testament. The East accepts the offer with deepest gratitude and offers her greatest pride, the Bhagavad Gita, in return.
The Gita is unique. It is the Scripture of scriptures. Why? Because it has taught the world that the emotion pure, the devotion genuine can easily run abreast with the philosophy solid, the detachment dynamic.
There are eighteen chapters in the Gita. Each chapter reveals a specific teaching of a particular from of Yoga. Yoga is the secret language of man and God. Yoga means ‘union’, the union of the finite with the Infinite, the union of the form with the Formless. It is Yoga that reveals the supreme secret: man is tomorrow’s God and God is today’s man. Yoga is to be practised for the sake of Truth. If not, the seeker will be sadly disappointed. Likewise, man’s God-realisation is for the sake of God. Otherwise untold frustration will be man’s inevitable reward.
The Gita was born in 600 B.C. Its authorship goes to the sage Vedavyasa. With a significant question from Dhrtarastra, the Gita commences its journey. The whole narrative of the Bhagavad Gita is Sanjaya’s answer to Dhrtararsta’s single question. Sri Krishna spoke much -all divinely soulful. Arjuna spoke little -all humanly heartful. Dhrtarastra was the listener. The divinely and humanly clairvoyant and clairaudient reporter was Sanjaya. On very rare occasions Sanjaya contributed his own thoughtful remarks too…the Gita demands man’s acceptance of life and reveals the way to achieve the victory of the higher Self over the lower self by the spiritual art of transformation:physical, vital, mental, physic and spiritual.~ Sri Chinmoy.
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