Most respected Vaishnavas,
Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada, Srila Gurudeva and Gauranga.
The glories of Srimad Bhagavad Gita is eternal. First time, it was spoken by the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, during the present creation of the universe, to Sun-god Vivasvan approximately 120,400,000 years ago. In human society, its existence has been for two million years. Then, it was spoken again by the same Supreme Lord Sri Krishna to Sri Arjuna about five thousand years ago in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. In the Hari-Vamsha Puran it is stated,
vede rāmāyaṇe caiva purāṇe bhārate tathā
ādāv ante ca madhye ca hariḥ sarvatra gīyate
In all the Vedas, Ramayana, Puranas, Mahabharata, Lord Hari's glories are sung throughout in the beginning, the middle, and the end.
Since Srimad Bhagavad Gita is one of the sections of Mahabharat (Bhisma Parva), and was spoken by the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna Himself, Srimad Bhagavad Gita is non-different from Him.
Now, due to the influence of Kaliyug and due to the total engagement of our senses into the material enjoyment, we have forgotten the realizations of the importance of not only Srimad Bhagavad Gita, but our Vedic scriptures in general. Our beloved spiritual master His Holiness, Om Vishnu-pad, Paramhamsa, Parivrajakacharya, ashtottarshata Sri-Srimad Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always instructs us to take the shelter of Lord Sri Krishna through Srimad Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavad Gita, which is the only mean of protecting ourselves from the material miseries. There is no other way out. I am trying to bring this point to our attention since there is an urgent need to re-establish the glories of our Vedic scriptures in our society, so that we can understand the real purpose of our lives. How much we are successful in the application of the teachings of Srimad Bhagavad Gita in our own lives and how much we are able to influence other people in our society needs to be seriously revisited.
In India, we are teaching our students about the life history of the modern leaders, players and entertainment personalities. We are expecting that following the guidelines from these personalities, our coming generation will lead a peaceful life. However, at least, we know that imperfect examples are destine to lead imperfect society. Still there is a glimpse of ray around the corner that indicates that ourVedic knowledge is the perfect knowledge and finally getting recognition by the Western culture. On the other hand in the western world people have started realising the importance of need of study of Gita and its very interesting and inspiring to know how Seton Hall University has made Gita as a compulsory subject.
Without further redo, please read the recent news article below that will thrill you and motivate you to do something on your behalf to spread the glories of our Vedic scriptures for the benefit of the human society.
The article very nicely describes the reason as to why they wanted to prescribe study of Gita for their students. - "The university wanted a transformational course that will influence the character and life of its students. So it wanted a course that seek answers to perennial questions like the purpose of life, why are we here, where are we going, etc, as part of the course."
Indeed Bhagavad Gita is the all perfect scripture which can provide perfect answers for all the perennial questions.The glories of Srimad Bhagavad Gita has been described in great detail in Sri Padma Puran and Sri Skandha Puran. However, I would like to quote one shloka here on the glorification this eternal scripture given by Sripad Adi-Shankaracharya:
ekaṁ śāstraṁ devakī-putra-gītam
eko devo devakī-putra eva
eko mantras tasya nāmāni yāni
karmāpy ekaṁ tasya devasya sevā
There need be only one holy scripture - the divine Gita sung by Lord Sri Krishna, only one worshipable Lord - Lord Sri Krishna, only one mantra - His holy names, and only one duty - devotional service unto that Supreme worshipable Lord Sri Krishna.
I pray to the lotus feet of our Gurudeva and all Vaishnavas for their blessings, so that I can engage my senses unto the service of the lotus feet of Sri-Sri Radha-Shyam Sundar by spreading His glories.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Gurudeva and Gauranga,
Sarvaishwarya Krishna das
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