Glories of Bhagavad Gita

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

Today is the most auspicious occasion of appearance of Bhagavad Gita - the day when Lord spoke the Supreme Knowledge through His Lotus Mouth to deliver suffering souls. The effect of loving recitation of Bhagavad Gita on this day is very auspicious. When we recite with faith regularly, all inauspiciousness in our mind and heart vanishes. While singing the glories of Gita Suta Goswami says in Shri Vaishnaviya tantra sāra,

yo ’dhīte viṣṇu-parvāhe gītāṁ śrī-hari-vāsare
svapan jāgrat chalan tiṣṭhan śatrubhir na sa hīyate

A person who studies the Gita at the time of holy festival days especially the fasting day known as Ekadasi - such a person, whether awake or asleep, moving or still, is never defeated by enemies.

Krishna is personally present when we recite Bhagavad Gita and so there is no question of defeat for devotees.As confirmed by Sanjaya in Bhagavad Gita (18.78) 

yatra yogeśvaraḥ kṛṣṇo yatra pārtho dhanur-dharaḥ
tatra śrīr vijayo bhūtir dhruvā nītir matir mama

Suta Goswami in this scripture, Shri Vaishnaviya tantra sāra has very nicely explained the various merits and blessings bestowed on the devotees who sincerely recite Bhagavad Gita, the effects of worshiping Bhagavad Gita in the homes, and the type of benedictions offered by the Lord to those who distribute this sacred book to others. He further explains Lord is very pleased with His devotees when they gift this book to others. Lord is more pleased when a devotee engages in discussing Bhagavad Gita with other souls.

yaḥ śṛṇoti cha gītārthaṁ kīrtayaty eva yaḥ param
śrāvayeccha parārthaṁ vai sa prayāti paraṁ padam

One who attentively hears and sings the glories of the purport of the Gita, or reiterates that purport to others-such a person attains to the supreme destination.

In verse 44-45 of this scripture Lord Krishna says,

śrī-bhagavān uvācha
gītā me hṛdayaṁ pārtha gītā me sāram uttamam
gītā me jñānam aty ugraṁ gītā me jñānam avyayam
gītā me chottamaṁ sthānaṁ gītā me paramaṁ padam
gītā me paramaṁ guhyaṁ gītā me paramo guruḥ

The Supreme Lord said: Oh Partha, the Gita is My heart, the Gita is My supreme essence, and the Gita is intense, imperishable knowledge of Me.The Gita is My supreme shelter, the Gita is My supreme abode, the Gita is My most hidden treasure, and especially, the Gita is My supreme guru.

There are nearly 85 shlokas in this scripture Shri Vaishnaviya tantra sāra and each and every shloka is very sweet. I am quoting only a few shlokas in this mail. Humbly request all of you to go through the remaining shlokas also as it would help us realise the value of Bhagavad Gita more and more. 

If we still wonder as to why should we recite Bhagavad Gita, Suta Goswami gives us the below wonderful sloka 

devakī-nandanaḥ kṛṣṇo gītā-pāṭhena tuṣyati
yathā na vedair dānena yajña-tīrtha-vratādibhiḥ

The son of Devaki, the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna, cannot be satisfied by anyone's study of the Vedas, charity, sacrifice, pilgrimage, or vows, as much as He is satisfied by the devotional recitation of the Gita.

Srimad Bhagavad Gita ki Jai!

Let us take shelter of this holy scripture on this day and recite it with love and faith.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.