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Why to Read Gita?

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Hello friends! We at Gita Quest are here to discover our best friend,true guide and the most valuable asset of our life – ‘The Bhagavad Gita'.

Today's topic of discussion is going to be very interesting. Most people ask this question that Why Read Bhagwad Gita? In this era of technology, people say that the concepts of Vedic scriptures are irrelevant. There are many books written on various modern problems. And, under the influence of the same, the youth thinks that reading Upanishad like ‘Bhagwad Gita' is a waste of time and there is nothing for their use.

Is it so? In today's era of continuous inventions, innovations and achievements of modern science, do we need to refer to our holy scriptures? Do they provide any guidance which is relevant in this period of time? Let's dive into it and explore the ‘7 main reasons to read Bhagwad Gita.'

Background setting

It is very well known that ‘Bhagwad Gita' starts with the dilemma of Arjun and how he refuses to fight the war on the battlefield in front of both armies.

Arjun was not any ordinary warrior. The whole result of the war was dependent on the way Arjun would fight against the enemies. In Bhagavad Gita, Arjun is called Savyasachi which means he would operate a bow and arrow with both hands. In another place, Arjun is mentioned as Gudakesh. It means he could practice the archery even at night or he could fight at night, without light.

Such a skillful, talented and brave warrior gets nervous and he states in Bhagwat Gita –

वेपथुश्च शरीरे मे रोमहर्षश्च जायते ।
गाण्डीवं स्रंसते हस्तात्त्वक्च‍ैव परिदह्यते ॥ २९ ॥
vepathuś ca śarīre me roma-harṣaś ca jāyate
gāṇḍīvaṁ sraṁsate hastāt tvak caiva paridahyate
– Arjun. BG 2.27

This means, My whole body is trembling, my hair is standing on end, my bow Gāṇḍīva is slipping from my hand, and my skin is burning. And also he states –

अपि त्रैलोक्यराज्यस्य हेतोः किं नु महीकृते ।
निहत्य धार्तराष्ट्रान्नः का प्रीतिः स्याज्ज‍नार्दन ॥ ३५ ॥
api trailokya-rājyasya hetoḥ kiṁ nu mahī-kṛte
nihatya dhārtarāṣṭrān naḥ kā prītiḥ syāj janārdana
– Arjun. BG 2.35

In which Arjun says, O maintainer of all living entities, I am not prepared to fight with them even in exchange for the three worlds. Then Shri Krishna gives his divine and true knowledge to his beloved devotee Arjun in the form of Bhagwat Gita.

If a warrior like Arjun needs guidance, we too need such guidance to deal with our day-to-day problems by developing ourselves and providing proper training. That will be done by reading ‘Bhagwat Gita'. So, the first thing is trust, that we will definitely be benefited from reading it. And, the message of it is relevant in every phase of time. It never gets old and remains evergreen.

So, let's dive into it and try to figure out the major 7 reasons to read Gita.

Basics Of Life

Basics is a very important concept to be discussed before moving ahead. Many of our teachers would have told us in school/College that this is the basic concept of the subject or topic. And if the basics are not clear, you will not be able to properly get the topic/subject.

Therefore, we can say, for proper understanding of anything, Basics must be cleared. Otherwise, we may face very minute issues, but that can result very badly. So, the basics must be always cleared before moving ahead in life.

The divine words of Bhagavad Gita teach every person the basics of life. It teaches us the core things we should learn in our life.

For eg. Accepting the reality of life, understanding the law of nature, realizing that nothing is permanent and change is the constant law of the universe, how to face the challenges of life by understanding Its nature, etc…

There are many Such reasons we have to read the Gita. To know them click the link given below.

Reasons to read Gita

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