Namaskaar. Today we begin a new series “Introduction to Bhagavad Gita”. This is from the monumental work Bhagavad Gita Home Study by Pujya Swami Dayananda. The complete 18 Chapters of the Bhagavad Gita along with an elaborate introduction and the Gita Dhyana Slokas (to be recited before beginning study each time) have been presented in about 9 volumes and is a comprehensive, systematic and deep study of the teachings of the Holy Gita. Pujya Swamiji’s beautiful lucid style unfolds each word, each verse, each topic and Chapter in an easy to understand manner that makes it all most enjoyable. Almost like a story being told.
The Introduction part that we are taking up runs into about 50 pages and we will take it up in several parts so that the understanding and study can be slow but sure. We are fortunate to have Pujya Swamiji’s commentary which I am humbly sharing bit by bit here. None of this is my own work/words. Its all Pujya Swamiji’s grace and words which are reproduced ab verbatim. My prostrations and gratitude to this great Vedantin, a most humble personality, a fountain of grace and mercy, an ocean of compassion, a loving teacher par excellence and above all, a man who lives 100% by the Scriptural teachings. I have enjoyed and benefited a lot just from the Introduction, the rest of the Gita is a delightful journey. Hope you enjoy it too. Pranaam
INTRODUCTION TO THE BHAGAVAD GITA
It is said that a human birth is not easy to achieve. If we look at it from an evolutionary standpoint, there are millions of years between the ape and the human being. In other words, the monkey did not become a person overnight. Even from the standpoint of reincarnation, where human birth is said to be a result of one’s own past actions, karma, it is not easy. And once you have this human body, whether it be due to karma or to the natural selection inherent in evolution, you are no longer in the hands of nature. You now have the rare capacity, called free will, to initiate a further process of evolution. The whole process, then, is in your own hands. Continue reading