The Bhagavad Gita

According to Gandhi

Fellow sufferers, for those of you in the know, the  Bhagavad- Gita is considered by eastern and western scholars alike to be among the greatest spiritual books the world has ever known. In a very clear and wonderful way the Supreme Lord Krishna describes the science of self-realization and the exact process by which a human being can establish their eternal relationship with God.

In Gandhi’s commentary he helps the reader understand, in the way he saw it, the discussion between Shri Krishna and Arjuna where he[Arjuna] asks Shri Krishna whether it is wrong to kill one’s kinsmen. In this war epic, Shri Krishna answers Arjun in more than 11 chapters of the Gita. The other 7 chapters talk about self actualization, ways of acting, ways of letting go.

Shri Krishna in the many avatars tells Arjuna the need to forget the I, mine in all he does. We are told we must act without minding the rewards, that sand and gold should mean nothing to us, they are all dust. It is a book full of so many wise sayings.

It’s a great book for everyone. It is no wonder, Gandhi found it useful as a source of inspiration for non violence/ noncooperation.

A few things the religious are close to right

  1. The burial rite where they say from dust to dust. We are stardust.
  2. When the writer of the book of wisdom Ecclesiastes[ Chpater 1:2] says it’s all vanity.

Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

3.They write it’s better to not have been born.