Gita, The Mother: A Must Read For The Children
The Gita, just like our mother, teaches us the skills and techniques to overcome the impediments and crisis of life and further inspires us to convert this crisis in to confidence. It is believed that the Gita, a sacred scripture of our country, has been emanated directly from the lotus-like lips of Lord Vishnu Himself—since it is dialogue between Sri Krishna and his friend and disciple Arjuna
Recently Hon’ble Justice A R Dave of Supreme Court of India while addressing a meeting in Delhi, made an emphatic mention in his speech that each child of our country, studying in first standard, should read Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and know its message; so that he or she can get himself or herself equipped to face the challenges of life and develop his or her career based upon the time-tested and eternal human values as enshrined in the Gita. The Gita, just like our mother, teaches us the skills and techniques to overcome the impediments and crisis of life and further inspires us to convert this crisis in to confidence. It is believed that the Gita, a sacred scripture of our country, has been emanated directly from the lotus-like lips of Lord Vishnu himself—since it is dialogue between Sri Krishna and his friend and disciple Arjuna.
The greatness of the Gita cannot be described in words. Its glory is infinite and unlimited. Gita contains the essence of all the Upanishads and Vedas. Its style is so simple and elegant that after a little study, a child, whose mind is free from complexities and complications, can easily grasp its teachings. The structure of the Gita demonstrates the highest thought of Indian philosophy in a simplest form to be digested by a common man of the society.
The Gita is a part of Bhisma Parva of the Mahabharata and written in Sanskrit. The Mahabharata also says; ÒÒâßüàææS˜æ×Øè »èÌæÓÓ. The Gita comprises all the scriptures. In our tradition, the Gita is considered as our beloved mother; mother of the entire human community. It is told ÒÒ¥Õ! ˆßæ×Ùéâ‹ÎŠææç× Ö»ßgèÌð! ÖßmUðçá‡æè×÷ÓÓ. The Gita is an emphatic assurance of God Vishnu to the whole of human community, irrespective of its caste, creed, colour, region or religion, as to its safety, security, maintenance and sustenance. This assurance is beyond any doubt. Hence God says: ÒÒ×æðÿæçØcØæç× ×æ àæé¿ ÑÓÓ. Again: ÒÒ¥Ì ª¤Šßü Ù â´àæØÑÓÓ. Realising the importance of the Bhgavad Gita, all the great saintly persons of this country like Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Yogi Aurobinda, Dr Radhakrishnan and several others moulded their life as per the instructions of the Gita and that is the one of the reasons, admitted by them, for attaining the Summum Bonum of their life.
India is our motherland and the Gita is the mother. Both are superior to heaven. The identity of motherland India lies in the significance of our mother, the Gita. Both are inseparable and considered as the two sides of the same coin. Perhaps, this might be the reason for which our Prime Minister presented a copy of this sacred scripture to his counterpart recently during his visit to Japan. Hence, the observation of the Hon’ble Justice Dave in his speech regarding the mandatory teaching of the Bhagavad Gita for the First Standard students assumes much more significance.
It is pertinent to mention that after the observation made by the Hon’ble Justice, some people started interpreting the discourse from various angles. Some supported and some took objections to the statement on the ground that in a secular country like India, the study of the Bhagavad Gita should not be made compulsory and that too for the First Standard children of the schools.
No doubt, the issue has potentials to provide a national platform for debate and deliberations and the outcome of the intellectual gymnastics may not be exactly in harmony with the statements made by the Hon’ble Judge of the apex court of the country in view of the dogmatic interpretation of the word “secular” as being done by a section of so-called intellectuals at present. But the rational interpretation of the word “secular”; that connotes the idea of synergising and honouring all the sectarian streams of thoughts and philosophies, certainly reveals that the scriptures advocating the welfare of the human community in general cannot be sectarians.
The Gita is the most secular scripture available on the surface of the earth. It is written in a language that has universal acceptance; a style that has universal appreciation and a method that has universal accommodation. So far, Shrimad Bhagavad Gita has more than 20,000 editions with different commentaries and that too in nearly 40 different languages. This is one of the greatest evidences of the universal acceptability of the Gita in the world. The Gita transforms our life and leads us from darkness to light; from mortality to immortality and ignorance to wisdom. Knowledge of supreme reality in the way of self-confidence, as Arjuna acquired due to the grace of his guru, is a must for everybody for attaining success in life. Perhaps, this is the reason for which there is a strong opinion in the circle of experienced elderly persons to make the Gita learning mandatory for the tender minds of the country/ world and it would be more appreciated if it is learnt not through any translated work but through the original one written in Sanskrit.
By Professor Harekrushna satapathy