Date Written : Dec 22, 2004
Date Modified : Dec 22, 2004
The Holy Gita Jayanti, or the birthday of the Bhagavad Gita, is celebrated throughout India. In the year 2004 it will be celebrated on 22 December 2004. It is celebrated by all those who are the followers of the Sanatan Dharm (roughly translated as Eternal Religion) which we nowadays call as Hindu Religion.
The Gita Jayanti marks one of the greatest days in the history of mankind. Bhagvad Gita is the most sacred scripture of the Hindus. It was recited on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of the bright half of the month of Margaseersha (December-January), according to the Hindu almanac (Panchang). It was on this day that Sanjay narrated to King Dhrutarashtra the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjun on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. This conversation actually takes place in a war-chariot, stationed between the armies of the Kauravas and Pandavas (includes Arjun), who are about to engage in a battle. Although the conversation was going on between Shri Krishna and Arjun, Sanjay relayed this glorious teaching to Dhrutarashtra and hence made it available to the people of the world.
The Gita is the most beautiful and a truly philosophical song. It contains sublime lessons on wisdom and philosophy. It contains the message of life that appeals to all, irrespective of race, creed, age or religion. The Gita was given to us about six thousand years ago by Sri Krishna, through His most devoted disciple, Arjun. Its teachings are based on the sacred Upanishads, the ancient, revealed metaphysical classics of India. The Gita is not merely a book or just a scripture. It is a living voice carrying an eternally indispensable and vital message to mankind.
The Bhagavad Gita is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. The teachings of the Bhagavad gita can help us deal with our day to day problems in many ways. The Bhagavad gita enables us to maintain inner stability while dealing with the most complex problems of our existence. It strengthens us when we are weak, and inspires us when we feel dejected and feeble. It teaches us how to resist unrighteousness and follow the path of virtue and righteousness.
So my Hindu Brothers and Sisters.... Arise and Awake... Let us make a pledge to defeat the Kauravas of the Kaliyug, who are carrying out the attacks on humankind like the 11 Sep attacks on US, bomb blasts in various cities of Mumbai, the Dec 13 attack on Indian Parliament, burning of the Hindus to death - in a train in Godhara and various such attacks on the civilised world.