mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ
Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.(Bg. 18.66)
The most auspicious day, when Swayam Bhagwan Sri Krishna personally assured Arjun and all the sincere souls following in the footsteps of Arjun that he shall deliver all those who take exclusive shelter of his lotus feet from all sinful reactions, is celebrated and famous as Sri Gita Jayanti, the day Sri Krishna spoke Bhagwat Gita on the battlefield of Kurukshetra for the benefit of the entire universe. The Supreme Lord himself states that this knowledge was previously also given by Him to the Sun God, which was then passed on through the Parampara system or the disciplic succession. However, in due course of time the knowledge was lost and therefore He was again giving it to Arjun for the benefit of one and all. The complete knowledge concerning the jiva, maya and the Supreme Lord is elaborately given in the Bhagawat Gita. The Lord extensively describes the constitutional nature of the infinitesimal soul, who is the part and parcel of the Lord and His eternal servant. The Lord explains how, having forgotten their true position, the jivas, desiring to Lord it over the material nature, get entangled in the three modes and thus experience happiness and distress in accordance with their activities. However, when one is blessed by the Lord and his pure devotees, he realises the temporary nature of the material world and attempts to free himself from the cycle of birth and death. Concerning the processes of self realisation, the Lord describes Karma Yoga, Jnan Yoga and Bhakti Yoga, while the entire time profusely praising and glorifying the process of pure devotional service. When one is not able to take to the process of Bhakti Yoga, he may take to karma yoga or jnan yoga and from there make progress in his life up until he is eligible to practice Bhakti yoga. However, if a person directly take to devotional service through the path of bhakti, all other purposes of all other paths are automatically fulfilled and one is directly situated in the lotus feet of the Lord. When such a devotee, under the guidance of a bonafide spiritual master, engages his body, mind and words in the service of the Lord, he ultimately reaches the transcendental abode of the Lord, where he continues to serve the Lord in loving devotion. All these and many more sublime truths are elaborately described in the Srimad Bhagwat Gita. However, in order to be able to understand these truths properly, one must understand them from a pure devotee, and therefore one should read Srila Prabhupad’s purports on these verses, for they throw light on the deeper and more confidential meanings of the Shlokas. For the benefit of the entire world, Srila Prabhupad has beautifully commented on the Shlokas, thus making them even more comprehensible for the less intelligent and ignorant people of Kali Yuga, and has thus, through his this great work, inspired hundreds and thousands of people to take to the process of Krishna Consciousness, thus leading them on the path back home, back to Godhead.
In order to celebrate this auspicious day, which falls on the Shukla Ekadashi in the month of Margashirsha, numerous devotees assembled in the courtyard of Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir in the morning and recited the entire Srimad Bhagwat Gita, thus purifying themselves and all those who heard the beautiful recitation.