An old farmer lived on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Bhagavad Gita. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.
One day the grandson asked, "Grandpa! I try to read the Bhagavad Gita just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bhagavad Gita do?"
The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water."
The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house.
The grandfather laughed and said, "You'll have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home.
Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.
The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.
At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.
Out of breath, he said, "See Grandpa, it's useless!" "So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket."
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.
"Son, that's what happens when you read the Bhagavad Gita. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work of Krishna in our lives!"
The Song of the Bhagavan, often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700-verse scripture that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
The Bhagavad Gita is being showed as holy book of Hinduism. It was written thousands of years ago. It has teachings said to be given by LORD Krishna (an incarnation whom many Hindus believe to be the god Vishnu in human form.) In the book, Krishna is talking to Arjuna, an archer, before the kurukshetra war begins. Krishna tells Arjuna that he must perform his duty (called dharma) for his caste, and go to fight. Arjuna hesitates because he is fighting his friends, but in the end he listens to Krishna. He will not be led into the underworld for ever for his sins because he will now be reincarnated.
It was said to be the holy book of hinduism only in 18th century when Christianity was spread over indian subcontinent with an institutional form having a unique holy book, bible (Almost all the major religions have unique holy books). To make a institutional form to hinduism, bhagavad gita was uplift and said to be the unique holy book of hinduism.
On this website we publish the Bhagavad Gita in 365 parts. 1 part daily so you will be able to read 1 or more verses every day.
The senses are so strong and impetuous, O Arjuna, that they forcible carry away the mind ,even of a man of discrimination who is endeavouring to control them.
One who restrains his senses, keeping them under full control, and fixes his consciousness upon Me, is known as a man of steady intelligence( Bg 2.61)
Tamas guna is characterized by heaviness and resistance. It causes disturbances in perception and other activities of the mind e.g. Delusion, false knowledge, laziness, apathy, sleep and drowsiness are a result of Tamas. The Potential Energy, The Material Quality: It generates our need for material objects and sense enjoyment through the sense conscious mind.
The most active of the Gunas, has motion and stimulation as its characteristics. All desires, wishes, ambitions and fickle-mindedness are a result of Rajas. The Active/Kinetic Energy, the Active Quality: It provides energy for action through ambition, passion and desires..
The Sattva Guna has the characteristics of lightness, consciousness, pleasure ,The Positive Energy, The spiritual Quality: It influences us toward goodness, truth, purity, knowledge through discriminative power of intellect and clarity. It is pure, free from disease and cannot be disturbed in any way. It activates the senses and is responsible for the perception of knowledge..
"The idea that man is like unto an inverted tree seems to have been current in by gone ages. The link with Vedic conceptions is provided by Plato in his Timaeus in which it states..." behold we are not an earthly but a heavenly plant."
"When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous."
"When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-Gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day."
"The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity."
"If this teaching is followed effectivenes in life will be achieved. Men will be fulfilled on all levels and the historial need of the age will be fulfilled also."
"The Bhagavad-gita can be consulted in all critical times, not only for solace from all kinds of mental agonies, but also for the way out of great entanglements which may embarrass one in some critical hour."
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