Namaste and Welcome All of you for this new Podcast on Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
International Gita Foundation Trust was founded in 2003.
With the primary objective of promoting the sacred universal philosophy of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
We conduct Annual Gita Conferences across the world. Where in savants, saints, sadhus, philosophers, youth have taken part. We like to involve the youth from different religious backgrounds and let them express their views.
The reason for publishing this podcast series is to present the sacred text in a format that is easy to understand for the different age groups, and develop an interest to listen, incorporate it in our daily life and experience the peace. The podcast series is available for your convenience and we will publish them at regular intervals. These recordings will be made available on CDs as well.
Om Shantihi Shantihi Shantihi
Let us take up few simple questions.
What is Gita?
What is Bhagawadgita?
Who composed it?
Who is Veda Vyasa?
Are there any other Gitas?
When did the Gita take birth?
Gita means “a song” and generally it refers to the Srimad Bhagawadgita.
Bhagawadgita is the song that came from the lips of Bhagawaan Sri Krishna.
In the entire Gita consists of 701 verses, sage poet Veda Vyasa, addresses Sri Krishna as “Bhagawan”. He says “Bhagawaan Uvacha” (said by Bhagawaan) and does not say Krishna said.
“Bhaga” means “Glory”.
The glory of Lord Vishnu is expressed in pictorial form with Vishnu having “Six Glories”.
The conche (shanku)
The Glow behind (Tejas).
The blowing from the conche (shanku) is to announce His arrival whenever there is upsurge of unrighteousness.
The wheel represents “Wheel of time”. As “Time” I will annihilate anyone at any time I decide to, is its meaning.
The mace warns that He will crush the ego,
The Lotus depicts, “Non attachment.”
The crown represents that He is the emperor of the entire universe.
The Glow is the spiritual glow as he is the Vedas itself.
Hence, the sacred text is known as Srimad Bhagawadgita.”
Srimad Bhagawadgita is considered to be the most sacred philosophical text for Hindus all over the world. As a matter of fact, one can consider that it is for humanity in general and not particularly only for the Hindus. This is so because its aim is “Universal Welfare, Peace and Harmony” not just for the present but for the entire period of life on this universe.
It is the celestial song by Lord Krishna to the mankind through the medium of Arjuna
The Gita is an approved and tested tool by the masters whose only wish was “Universal Welfare.” It the tool for uplifting the individual spiritually and destroying the ego.
It is a navigational tool that helps one to negotiate the obstacles in the spiritual journey in quest of “The Eternal Bliss.”
It is for reorganisation of the minds and brings about “Renaissance.”
It is for reorganisation of lives and brings about “Transformation.”
It is Moksha Sastra for rare few who look for “Moksha.”(Liberation)
It is Dharma Sastra for those who want to lead the life of “Righteousness.”
It is Jnana sastra for those who want have the knowledge of the Purusha and Prakriti.
It is Jnana bhandara as it is never ending store house of knowledge and is available to all.
For majority, it is Jivana Sastra/karma sastra (art of living) for those who want to have a life with minimal pains and sorrows and experience as much happiness as possible.
It is considered to be the summary of 108 Upanisads. The Upanisads in turn are the summary of the Four Vedas. The Vedas are the “Revealed Sacred Texts” of the Hindus and are the most ancient texts on philosophy.
To understand the true meaning incorporated in the sacred text, it is preferable for the reader to have the knowledge of the epic “Mahabharata.” Understanding the story of Mahabharata helps greatly to follow the Gita.
There is a saying: The Gita is summary of the qualities of the various characters encountered in the Mahabharata.”
Mahabharata can be considered as personification of the qualities enumerated in the Gita.”
It consists of 701 slokas divided into 18 chapters. Each chapter has a title and is considered as a Yoga which is a means to unite with Brahman.
Lets go back 3200 BC
Sanjaya, the trusted minister of the blind king Dhritarashtra was bestowed with divine vision by Sage poet Sadguru Veda Vyasa so that he could narrate the events on the battlefield between the Pandavas and the Kauravas.
Sanjaya narrates verbatim the entire Gita as a dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna. It is in Sanskrit language, the most ancient language of the Hindus.
Hari Om Tatsat Sri Krishnarpanamasthu
Copyright for the texts on Bhagavad Gita by Dr. P.V. Nath, UK.