Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
Yesterday was the auspicious day of Gita Jayanti, the day Bhagavad Gita was spoken by Lord Krishna to His dear devotee and friend Arjuna. Using Arjuna as a pretext, the Lord has given this great message to the entire world. Of all the Vedic scriptures, Bhagavad Gita is the most widely translated, widely read, and most praised by many scholars, scientists, and philosophers all over the world.
On this auspicious today, devotees either distribute or read this sacred scripture to get the direct association of Lord Krishna. There is a nice story in the life of Sri Vallabhacharya regarding Bhagavad Gita. Vallabhacharya on his first preaching tour across India came to Jagannath Puri. The King of Puri organized a philosophical debate and he placed the below four questions to the Pandits and acharyas.
a) Which scripture is the best of all scriptures?
b) Which deity is the Supreme among all deities?
c) Which mantra is the best of all mantras?
d) Which is the highest duty of a human being?
No pandit or acharya was able to answer these questions. Vallabhacharya who was present there gave a satisfactory answer for all these questions. But the pandits present there refused to accept the answers and said they will accept only if Lord Jagannath confirms the answer given by Vallabha. So Vallabhacharya wrote these questions in a leaf and placed in front of Lord Jagannath and the doors of the temple were closed. When the doors were opened, the leaf was found to have the answer for the questions written and it was exactly the same as what Vallabhacharya answered!!!. The answer given by Sri Vallabha and confirmed by Lord Jagannath is the below famous sloka:
ekaṁ śāstraṁ devakī-putra-gītam
eko devo devakī-putra eva
eko mantras tasya nāmāni yāni
karmāpy ekaṁ tasya devasya sevā
So everyone assembled were happy and accepted Sri Vallabha's answer and hence accepted his victory. Srila Prabhupada explains the meaning of this sloka in the Introduction of Bhagavad Gita as follows. "In this present day, people are very much eager to have one scripture, one God, one religion and one occupation. Therefore, ekaṁ śāstraṁ devakī-putra-gītam - let there be one scripture only, one common scripture for the whole world – Bhagavad-Gita. eko devo devakī-putra eva - let there be one God for the whole world - Sri Krishna eko mantras tasya nāmāni and one hymn, one mantra, one prayer – the chanting of His name: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.karmāpy ekaṁ tasya devasya sevā and let there be one work only – the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead."
Our beloved Guru Maharaj often insists about reciting and understanding Bhagavad Gita. He says "Bhagavad Gita should be our breathing and Bhagavatam should be our heart beat." On this auspicious day, I pray at the lotus feet of our Gurudeva, Srila Prabhupada (who has made this great literature available to all people across the globe) so that I will get some taste for reading it regularly and receive the association of Lord Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna das
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