The Bhagwat Gita

The Bhagwat Gita needs no introduction. The message that Yogeshwar Shri Krishna gave to his cousin, the Pandav Arjun has been translated, interpreted and studied for thousands of years and by millions of peoples and still its mysteries do not end.

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You can find everything in the Gita, every aspect of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksh is described in this message. And it will also give you the answers to mundane questions, to what you seek, from management, to life, to business and death, doing spiritual practice, everything. At its apex it is the distillation of the Vedant.

This is a living Song, and it adapts its message to suit the questioner and his question. It is not a coincidence that, from quantum scientists to yogis, all have studied the Gita, because it gives you the answers. In fact they became scientists and yogis just because they listened to that “Divine Song”.

The Gita is written in Sanskrit, and Sanskrit is not just a language it is Devbhasha Samskrutam. It is a palimpsest which reveals its meanings depending on the intention of the reader. Intention is everything when you listen to the Gita.

My advise to you is, if you want to really hear the Gita, do not read someone else’s random translation. It is not a book to be understood in languages, it is to be Experienced. Read the shlokas yourself in the Sanskrit. Read just one shlok a day, just the Sanskrit verse even if you do not understand it. Try to learn it by rote if you can. In about 2yrs you will have the entire text by heart. And if you are sincere about it, there will then come a Guru in your life who will explain to you what it really means.

However for those who are really interested and destined to know this, there is the interpretation of the Gita as a Yog Shastra. The “Pranav Gita” which is written by Shri Gyanendra Mukhopadhyay, disciple to Shri Pranabanand, disciple to Shri Shyamcharan Lahiri Mahasaya. It is originally written in Bengali, but its translated Hindi version is also available as a book. This ‘Pranav-Gita’ is not a mere compilation of the teachings of his Guru, but it is his own experience during the Dhyan that he was taught by his Guru. It explains the meaning of each shloka in terms of the energies, prana and kundalini. It is the experience of the author, a Guru himself and is one of the very few really valuable books I have ever read. He explains the Gita as a Yog Shastra, a beacon of light for those aspirants who want to attain moksha.  (Read the original Pranav Gita in Bengali or its Hindi translation. Not the English one, it is not translated in the true spirit of what the Guru wrote). 

(The Shankarbhashya is the definitive exposition of the Bhagwat Gita. It expresses the true meaning of the Gita as the extract of the Vedant. But the condition for reading this Bhashya is that that you must first read and understand the Vedant, and this is not possible for beginners. So read the Sanskrit shlokas first followed by the Pranav Gita, then read the Vedant and finally come to the Shankarbhashya.)

Gita is not a novel, it will reveal its meanings only as per your intention and your intention will get stronger only with shraddha and vishwas which take time to develop. The first time the shlokas may not be easy to read, but as the days go by you will see flashes of its real meaning in your dreams/ subconscious states. Then one day it will become so strong that you will sit down and start your spiritual practice which will progress to Dhyan. As the Dhyan deepens you will start practicing what Yogeshwar Krishn actually wants you to practice. And then at some point of time you will receive the Phal/fruit of the “Yog Shastra Gita”.

It is a long journey (you have already gone through so many lives) and you are being tested at every point, sometimes you may feel like putting down your personal Gandiva, but persevere. Live the Gita. Trust yourself and the black spot (Krishn) that you see between your eyebrows in your ajnya chakra, and in time you will see the Vishwaroop here.