The importance of the Bhagavad-Gita

2017-11-23 06:00

THE Bhagavadh-gita consists of 700 verses and is a part of the Mahabharat.

Lord Krishna spoke Bhagavad-gita to his friend and disciple, Arjuna. This conversation took place on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Arjuna was representing mankind and asked all the questions we would ask about spiritual life.

The Bhagavad-gita is such an important scripture that it can help us to get out of the cycle of birth and death. Anyone who recites Bhagavad-gita with devotion will go to the spiritual world at the time of death. If one reads Bhagavad-gita sincerely the reaction of one’s past deeds will not act upon one.

In other words we can change our bad karma by reading the scripture every day.

Sanathan Dharama has so many Vedic literature such as Ramayan, Mahabharat, Srimad Bhagavatam, Upanishads, etc.

And we don’t have sufficient time to study all these books of literature. However, if we have studied Bhagavad-gita we have studied all the Vedic scriptures.

The Bhagavad-gita is so powerful that even by repeating half a sloka, one can go to the spiritual world. A Bhramana by the name of Bhavasharma lived in Amardhkapur.

He had given up spiritual life and he was living a very sinful life, he consumed alcohol, he stole, hunted and committed many other sins. He was invited to a party where he consumed too much alcohol. Soon he became sick and after suffering for some time, he died. He was then born as a date palm tree.

One day, two brahma-rakshasas (ghosts) took shelter under that tree.

Their previous life story was as follows. A brahamana by the name of Kushibal who was educated in the Vedas, His wife, Kumati was evil minded. The brahmana was very greedy and did not give charity to other brahmanas. When they died the husband and the wife became brahma-rakshasas.

They wandered the planet suffering from hunger and thirst. They took shelter under the date palm tree where they decided to rest.

The wife asked the husband: “How can we become free of this curse of being brahma-rakshasas?”

He replied: “By knowledge of Brahma, by knowledge of the self, by knowledge of furtive activities. Without such knowledge it is not possible to become free from the sins we have previously committed.”

The wife then asked: “Oh my lord, what is brahma? What is the self? What is Furtive activities?” (Kim tad brahma kim adhyatmam kim karma purusottama).

By accident the wife chanted half of the first sloka. When Bhavasharma heard the first half of the sloka he broke free from the form of a date palm tree and attained the body of Brahmana, being completely freed from all his sins. A flower air plane appeared from the sky and took the husband and wife to the spiritual world.

Bhavasharma wrote down that half sloka and went to Kashipuri where he continuously chanted this half sloka. When he died he went to Vaikuntha where he served Lord Vishnu eternally.

As a result of his devotional service of chanting this half sloka all his ancestors were also freed from their sins and taken to Vaikuntha.

Gita Jayanthi – the day on which lord Krishna spoke to Arjuna is on November 30. Devotees can observe this auspicious day by reading the Bhagavad-gita.


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