Gita Jayanti

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gita-shastram idam punyam, yah pathet prayatah puman
vishnoh padam avapnoti, bhaya-shokadi-varjitah.

One who, with a regulated mind, recites with devotion this Bhagavad-gita scripture which is the bestower of all virtue, will attain to a holy abode such as Vaikuntha, the residence of Lord Visnu, which is always free from the mundane qualities based on fear and lamentation. (Gita Mahatmaya verse 1)

Soon approaching, on the auspicious Moksada Ekadasi, is the blessed day of Gita Jayanti, the holy appearance day of Srimad Bhagavad-gita, which was spoken by Sri Krsna to Arjuna on the battle field of Kuruksetra, when Arjuna was supposedly bewildered by seeing all his relatives and friends on the battlefield eager to fight. Arjuna, however, an eternal associate of the Lord who is completely transcendental to the material nature and is thus not subject to illusion and bewilderment, was merely an instrument for the Lord to deliver this knowledge of self-realization for the benefit of all the living entities.

 In the Gita Mahatmaya verse 6, we further find, 

sarvopanishado gavo, dogdha gopala-nandanah
partho vatsah su-dhir bhokta, dugdham gitamritam mahat

All the Upanisads are like a cow, and the milker of the cow is Lord Sri Krsna, the son of Nanda. Arjuna is the calf, the beautiful nectar of the Gita is the milk, and the fortunate devotees of fine theistic intellect are the drinkers and enjoyers of that milk.

Arjuna was the calf, the medium through which we could get the nectarean milk actually meant for our spiritual benefit. The Bhagavad-gita is the essence of all the Vedic literatures, which are compared to a cow, and the only book required to understand all philosophical truths regarding the individual self and the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, the transcendental milkman. when studied under the guidance of a pure Vaisnava. This is stated in the Bhagavad-gita (4.34) itself:

tad viddhi pranipatena
pariprasnena sevaya
upadeksyanti te jnanam
jnaninas tattva-darsinah

Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.

In this song sung by Sri Krsna, He has explained the following: 

The individual soul and its transcendental nature: 

na jāyate mriyate vā kadācin
nāyaṁ bhūtvā bhavitā vā na bhūyaḥ
ajo nityaḥ śāśvato ’yaṁ purāṇo
na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre

Bhagavad-gita (2.20)

For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain. 

The temporary nature of the material body: 

dehino ‘smin yathā dehe
kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā
tathā dehāntara-prāptir
dhīras tatra na muhyati

Bhagavad-gita (2.13)

As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change. 

The transcendental nature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead: 

janma karma ca me divyam
evaṁ yo vetti tattvataḥ
tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma
naiti mām eti so ’rjuna

Bhagavad-gita (4.9)

One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.

And the top most duty of all the living entities,

sarva-dharmān parityajya
mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ

Bhagavad-gita (18.66)

Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear. 

In this way, all that is to be known about the individual soul, material creation, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the spiritual world can be found in the Bhagavad-gita. When studied with great faith and concentration, under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master, the Bhagavad-gita answers all the questions that one may have, and therefore, it is actually sufficient for gaining true transcendental knowledge. But not only this, the Bhagavad-gita also gives the most secretive and confidential knowledge of what activities one is to do once full surrender is achieved. Sri Krsna says in the 34th verse of the 9th chapter, 

man-manā bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yājī māṁ namaskuru
mām evaiṣyasi yuktvaivam
ātmānaṁ mat-parāyaṇaḥ

Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, become My devotee, offer obeisances to Me and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.

And what do the devotees do, once freed from the clutches of the material energy, and what should be done by those who desire to follow on the same path? 

mac-cittā mad-gata-prāṇā
bodhayantaḥ parasparam
kathayantaś ca māṁ nityaṁ
tuṣyanti ca ramanti ca

Bhagavad-gita (10.9)

The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are fully devoted to My service, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss from always enlightening one another and conversing about Me. (BG 10.09)

In this time leading up to the auspicious day of Gita Jayanti, book marathons are taking place all over the world and devotees are trying to put increased effort into spreading the message of Bhagavad-gita among the general populace. Therefore, let us also endeavor to imbibe the instructions of the Bhagava-d-gita into our lives and benefit others by distributing this knowledge as far as possible.