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  • Prof. Kavita Joshi

Gita Jayanti

Gita Jayanti is the day when Lord Shri Krishna explained the Gita Gyan to Arjuna. On this day, the holy book of Hindus, the Bhagavad Gita, was born. It is the 5159th anniversary of the publication of the holy book Gita. It is celebrated on Ekadashi tithi (11th day) of Shukla Paksha in the month of Margashirsha.

The Bhagavad Gita is a 700 verse Hindu scripture that is a narrative synthesis of several key philosophical concepts of Hinduism. The Bhagavad Gita is the sixth book of India's most famous epic, the Mahabharata. It emphasises the importance of selflessness and offers various approaches to liberation from suffering, self-realisation, and connection with the divine. It is recommended that action, devotion, self-study and meditation be performed with full attention and awareness from the heart.

The name Bhagavad Gita means "Song of the Lord" and refers to Lord Krishna, one of the main characters of the story. The story takes place during the Battle of Kurukshetra, which was fought between Arjun's family and allies (the Pandavas) and Prince Duryodhana and his family (the Kauravas). When Arjun refused to enter the epic war of Mahabhaarat because he had all the people he thought were his on the other side, the Lord Krishna gave him this message. What is the point of fighting against mine for a small piece of land, Arjun Krishna asks. What pleasure will it give me to kill my loved ones? My own uncle and cousin are on the other side... Then Krishna explains to him his responsibility. One of his explanations is the above verse, which is one of the most famous verses in the Mahabhaarat.

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन | मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ||

Bhagavad Gita — Chapter 2 — Verse 47

One of the most well-known shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita is probably this one. It is often quoted when the subject of Karm Yog comes up because it gives a deep insight into the proper spirit of the work. The verse contains four guidelines for the science of work: 1) Perform your duties without worrying about the outcome. 2) It is not your duty to estimate the results of your work. 3) Renounce the feeling of having accomplished something, even if you are working. 4) Detach yourself from your attachment to inaction.

The Bhagavad Gita in 3 Minutes

You can also listen to this 3 minutes Audio-Visual if you have no time to read the complete book. (Courtesy: Cycle )

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