Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
A few weeks back I was fortunate to talk to Maharaj and asked him a question, "Maharaj, what benefit one attains by reciting one chapter of Gita everyday?".
Maharaj said, "Benefit? You get the direct association of Krishna by reading Bhagavad Gita because it is not different from Krishna".
A few days later, by the blessings of Maharaj, I came across a booklet called, "Gita Mahatmyam" which is a set of verses from the Varaha purana. These verses are a conversation between Mother Earth and Lord Vishnu wherein Lord Vishnu reveals the glories of Bhagavad Gita and the benefits attained by recitation of the verses. I was wonderstruck to see the following verses which exactly explains the words Maharaj spoke above,
yatra gītā vicārasca patanaṁ śrutam
tatrāham niścitaṁ pṛthvī nivasāmi sadaivahi
gītāśrayeham tiṣṭhāmi gītā me cottamam gṛhaṁ
I am definitely situated where Gita is read, its meaning is discussed, spoken and heard. I am present in Gita. It is my Supreme residing place.
I spoke again to Maharaj and told about this. Maharaj once again said, "Whenever you want direct association of Krishna all you need to do is to open Bhagavad Gita read it and meditate on the meaning. Krishna is in Bhagavad Gita, Krishna is in Bhagavatam, Krishna is in His holy name. If you want to see Krishna you must go to these three things".
Usually Bhagavad Gita is considered as a respectable book or at the most a sacred scripture. It is actually a literary manifestation of the Supreme God. However only advanced devotees can perceive it. In Srimad Bhagavatam we find that when Lord Krishna left for the spiritual world, Arjuna cried in separation of the Lord. However he remembered the instructions imparted by the Lord in Kurukshetra and regained his composure because he had the realization that the Lord's instructions are non-different from Him. This realization can be gradually acquired by associating more and more with this great scripture. Srila Prabhupada states in his commentary to the verse ( 1.15.27) as follows,
"The merciful Lord left behind Him the great teachings of the Bhagavad-gita so that one can take the instructions of the Lord even when He is not visible to material eyesight. Material senses cannot have any estimation of the Supreme Lord, but by His inconceivable power the Lord can incarnate Himself to the sense perception of the conditioned souls in a suitable manner through the agency of matter, which is also another form of the Lord's manifested energy. Thus the Bhagavad-gita, or any authentic scriptural sound representation of the Lord, is also the incarnation of the Lord. There is no difference between the sound representation of the Lord and the Lord Himself. One can derive the same benefit from the Bhagavad-gita as Arjuna did in the personal presence of the Lord."
I pray at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva so that I'll get some inspiration in reading and applying this great literature in my life.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna das,
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