Author: Beloo Mehra
Publisher: Matriwords (1 December 2019)
Srimad Bhagavad Gita is one of those rarest scriptures of the world in which lie the deepest and lasting solutions to most of our life’s day-to-day problems. This universal and timeless role of the Gita has been confirmed again and again by spiritual masters, philosophers, thinkers all across the world and in various times. The solution lies in sincerely practicing the teaching of the Bhagavad Gita.
The Bhagavad Gita brings to us the essence of all the experiences and teachings found in the Upanishads and Vedas. Just as the Upanishads mark a culmination or fruition of Vedic knowledge, the Gita is considered as another grand synthesis of all Upanishadic and Vedic knowledge. Reading Bhagavad Gita is a pilgrimage in itself, a deep immersion into the amṛtam, the sweet nectar that is the timeless and supreme teaching of this Divine Song.
Speaking of the universal and temporal aspect of any scripture, Sri Aurobindo in his Essays on the Gita says, “In the Gita there is very little that is merely local or temporal and its spirit is so large, profound and universal that even this little can easily be universalised without the sense of the teaching suffering any diminution or violation; rather by giving an ampler scope to it than belonged to the country and epoch, the teaching gains in depth, truth and power” (CWSA, Vol. 19, p. 6). The entire Essays on the Gita was written by Sri Aurobindo with a silent mind, inspired from the realms above mind. Thus, in the light of Essays on the Gita, a study of the Bhagavad Gita becomes more complete, more integral.
The important thing to remember, however, is that the study of any scripture, particularly the Gita is only the beginning. The real task is to live the teaching, to practice the teaching.
This small volume summarises the key teachings of each of the eighteen chapters of Bhagavad Gita. The main ideas are highlighted and relevant passages and quotes from Sri Aurobindo’s Essays on the Gita are interwoven to bring greater coherence and clarity.
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