[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras in West Godavari District – Ashokji started Bhagavad Gita Saptaha with more than 100 students – Three days completed

28 May 2023 466 Views

Henry David Thoreau: “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.”
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is extremely happy to inform that we are conducting about 200 Bala Samskar Kendras in five States in India – Assam, Telangana, Andhra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. We have many active Hindus who are helping in different ways to ensure our children are taught about the richness of Sanatana Dharma. Each school is teaching different things and at the same time they follow the required syllabus to ensue all the students learn things that are common to all the students. It is challenging as the ages of the students varied from one school to another.
Bhagavad Gita Saptaha started
It was decided to conduct Bhagavad Gita Saptaha in order to teach the proper way of chanting and also the importance of Bhagavad Gita. It is conducted in the premise of Andalamma Devi Temple in Vadali Village in Penukonda Mandalam of West Godavari District. The are meeting seven consecutive days from 8:00am to 11:00am. Since these are summer holidays, many students are able to attend and took advantage of the Saptaha. Thewy have divided Bhagavad Gita into seven parts and completing to ensure it will be completed in seven days.
 we should remember the circumstances under which Bhagavad Gita was born. After negotiations between Pandavas and Kauravas failed, the war was declared. Arjuna looked at the formation of the armies on both sides and he become despondent with the realization that he may have to kill his own family members, teachers like Bhishma Charya, Drona, and Kripa Charya, friends and others in this great war. With these thoughts in mind, loosing his composure he turned to Lord Krishna and said:
My whole body shudders: my hair is standing on end. My bow, the Gaṇḍiva, is slipping from my hand, and my skin is burning all over. My mind is in quandary and whirling in confusion; I am unable to hold myself steady any longer. O Krishna, killer of the Keshi demon, I only see omens of misfortune. I do not foresee how any good can come from killing my own kinsmen in this battle. (Gita 1:29-31).
Arjuna was not in a position to make a decision to either fight or not fight. Despondent, disillusioned, helpless, fearful, and dejected, Arjuna surrender to Lord Krishna and said:
“I am confused about my duty and am besieged with anxiety and faintheartedness. I am your disciple and am surrendered to you. Please instruct me for certain what is best for me.”
Lord Krishna emphasized the importance of uploading Dharma and also paying one’s own karma. He said that this is righteous war and adharma should be eliminated. Everything is an illusion, and everything belongs to Divine. Human body impermanent while dharma is eternal. Lord Krishna says: “So, O Arjun, contemplate the Self, surrender all your action to me, abandon all desire, pity, and grief, and be ready to fight.”
That is how the Bhagavad Gita – the eternal, timeless and quintessential message - flows from the lips of Lord Krishna. It spread all across the globe
Ever since it was first translated into English by Charles Wilkins in 1784, the influence of Bhagavad Gita is phenomenal, remarkable, and unimaginable. It’s influenced crossed the boundaries of India, by attracting, philosophers, poets, transcendentalists, scientist, academicians, travelers, and statesmen.  Warren Hastings, Aldous Huxley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Edwin Arnold, Arnold Toynbee, Robert Oppenheimer, W.D.P. Hill, R.C. Zaehner, Albiruni and many others were her admirers and believers. This is but natural because of it’s universal, nonsectarian, and spiritual appeal.  Its universal message transported them to a higher level of thinking, chartered them to think from a different perspective, and transcended the confines of normal human perceptions.
Henry David Thoreau
"I would say to the readers of the Scriptures, if they wish for a good book, read the Bhagvat-Geeta .... translated by Charles Wilkins. It deserves to be read with reverence even by Yankees...."Besides the Bhagvat-Geeta, our Shakespeare seems sometimes youthfully green... Ex oriente lux may still be the motto of scholars, for the Western world has not yet derived from the East all the light it is destined to derive thence."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-gita. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.
"The Bhagavad-Gita is an empire of thought and in its philosophical teachings Krishna has all the attributes of the full-fledged monotheistic deity and at the same time the attributes of the Upanishadic absolute."
Ananda K Coomaraswamy
               The relevance and importance of Bhagavad Gita is emphasized by  Ananda K Coomaraswamy, "....We must, however, specially mention the Bhagavad Gita as probably the most important single work ever produced in India; this book of eighteen chapters is not, as it has been sometimes called, a "sectarian " work, but one universally studied and often repeated daily from memory by millions of Indians of all persuasions; it may be described as a compendium of the whole Vedic doctrine to be found in the earlier Vedas, Brahmanas, and Upanishads, and being therefore the basis of all the later developments, it can be regarded at the focus of all Indian religion.”
               In a similar vein, it captured the attention of many academicians. For Klaus Kostermaier, Bhagavad Gita is a unique literary manual. He acknowledges that it is not that easy to decipher it’s meaning and message.  He mentions the challenges of understanding Bhagavad Gita:
Whoever reads it for the first time will be struck by its beauty and depth; countless Hindus know it by heart and quote it in many occasions as an expression of their faith and their insights. All over India, and also in many places in the Western hemisphere, Gītā lectures attract large numbers of people. Many are convinced that the Bhagavad Gītā is the key book for the respiritualization of humankind in our age. A careful study of the Gītā, however, will very soon reveal the need for a key to this key book. Simple as the tale may seem and popular as the work has become, it is by no means an easy book and some of the greatest Indianists have grappled with the historical and philosophical problems it presents.”
Greatness of Bhagavad Gita
The Mahabharata says "sarva shaastramayii giitaa" meaning that the Gita is the essence all the scriptures. Sage Vyasa said that the Gita alone should be sung, heard and assimilated and there is no use of any other scripture when one has the Gita because it has originated from the lips of the Lord Himself. Gita Mahatyam or the Glory of Gita says that Gita contains the essence of all the four Vedas and yet its style is so simple that after a little study, anyone can easily follow the structure of the words. As a reader grows in maturity, the same words reveal more and more facets of meaning and thought process and hence the Gita remains eternally new. The Lord Himself says in the Varaha Purana that, “Where the Gita is read, forthwith comes help. Where the Gita is discussed, recited, taught, or heard, there, O Earth, beyond a doubt, do I Myself unfailingly reside.”
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