In the present era, children and the youth are allured by porn movies and literature. It is hard for them to realize the significance of Bhagavad Gita – our holy scripture. Gita is actually a discourse delivered by Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the form of verses in response to the latter’s confusion and moral dilemma when he had to face his own kith & kin in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. It comprises of 18 chapters, 700 verses and 9456 words. It’s been translated into 578 languages. The households leading their lives as per the teachings of the Gita are assumed to be the abode of God.
It helps one overcome the odd circumstances and displeasure, melancholy etc. and also encourages the spirit of courage, equanimity, simplicity, compassion, tranquility and instills the attributes to combat with injustice. Its knowledge applies to all of us in our day-to-day lives, as much as it did to Arjuna in the war of Mahabharata. In the freedom struggle of India, numerous freedom fighters accepted the death sentence by British rulers without any hesitation. In fact, the very knowledge of the Gita became the source of inspiration for our brave freedom fighters then. The British rulers attempted to prohibit reading of the scripture and declared sentence for its author, but all in vain.
It is not just a religious volume, but it also contains practical approach towards life. These days, even multinational companies are framing their management lessons derived from the teachings of the Gita. Various eminent philosophers of India truly valued its significance; few of those being – Swami Leelashahji, Saint Gyaneshwar, Mahatama Gandhi, Swami Ramsukhdasji and Sri Arvind Ghosh. Numerous foreign philosophers have also shown reverence towards the Gita based upon its spiritual and practical relevance, the list includes Persian philosopher – Professor Firoz Kavas Davar as well as Dr. M. Hafiz Syed; who too, along with Indian philosophers, elaborated its significance to the whole of mankind.
On August 30, 2007, Allahabad High Court declared that the Gita is essence of all the religions; it has played a significant role in the freedom-struggle of India and therefore it should be considered as a National Scripture [by giving reference of Art 51(A)(B)&(F) wherein national flag, song, bird and flower have been mentioned] and suggested that every citizen shall abide by the principles as set in the Gita and protect its legacy; followed by debates. The Gita has since then officially been considered as the excellent scripture, for which Justice S.N. Srivastava (who ended his career as a member of the bench of the Allahabad High Court), known for his pronouncement quoting the significance of the Gita, deserves to be appreciated. When we do not hesitate to accept the technology evolved by scientists of any country, why do we hesitate to accept the easily available scripture meant to serve the mankind? Romain Rolland (French Nobel laureate, dramatist, novelist, essayist, art historian and mystic), who studied European and Asian scriptures, admitted the Gita to be an exceptionally good and quoted that the whole world will learn its significance one day.
Many notable personalities including Mr. Henry David Thoreau (American author, poet, philosopher and historian), Mr. F.T. Brooks, Warren Hastings (the first Viceroy of British India), J.N. Farukhyar, Halden Edward Sampson, Dr. MacNicol, Dr. Leonelli, Dr. Ikshvanku A. Barot, Dr. Wilhelm Von Humboldt, Dr. Richard Garvey, Dr. Helmuth von Glasenapp and Dr. L. J. Lueders got influenced by this holy scripture and expressed their views that it is worth reading because of the fact that it teaches as to how to deal with life in adverse circumstances, while focusing on the goal with equanimity.
It is the need of the hour that the Gita be included and taught practically in the syllabus of school – students, which was the opinion of Gandhiji too, for whom the Gita was not merely a book, but a Mother that gave him strength to win the freedom fight.