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Gaudiya Vaishnava reflections

Every month we feature one of the English publications of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, respective to the corresponding book-of-the-month featured in the 2013-2015 Vaisnava Calendar.

This month’s featured book is Srimad Bhagavad-gita, the timeless instructions given by Sri Krsna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kuruksetra. This edition, translated to English from the Hindi edition by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, can be considered complimentary to the authoritative and popular Bhagavad-gita As It Is by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada. Included are the commentaries of the renowned Gaudiya Vaisnava acarya Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, which is further illuminated by the author’s own commentary.
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sarvopanisado gavo
dogdha gopala nandanah
partho vatsah sudhir-bhokta
dugdham gitamrtam mahat
—Bhag.-gita-mahatmyam 5

All the scriptures – the Vedas, Puranas, Upanisads – are like a cow, and Arjuna is the calf. First the cow feeds a little milk to her calf, and she becomes pacified by that. Then the milkman Sri Krsna can milk the cow, and keep the remainder of the milk aside. Who is the remainder for? Those that are sudhi, whose intelligence is pure. Whose intelligence is pure? The big scientists and big scholars of this world? The Bhagavatam doesn’t say this. It gives the word ‘sumedhah’ , and who is sumedhah? A person who performs bhagavad-bhajana, who is rasika or expert in relishing rasa. One who has decided that engaging in bhagavad-bhajana is the essence of life is purely intelligent, and the rest are fools. Read full text […]

—Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

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Famous Reflections on the Bhagavad Gita

Albert Einstein: When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.

Mahatma Gandhi: When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day.

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.

Dr. Albert Schweitzer: The Bhagavad-Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions.

Sri Aurobindo: The Bhagavad-Gita is a true scripture of the human race a living creation rather than a book, with a new message for every age and a new meaning for every civilization.

Carl Jung: The idea that man is like unto an inverted tree seems to have been current in by gone ages. The link with Vedic conceptions is provided by Plato in his Timaeus in which it states…” behold we are not an earthly but a heavenly plant.” This correlation can be discerned by what Krishna expresses in chapter 15 of Bhagavad-Gita.

Prime Minister Nehru: The Bhagavad-Gita deals essentially with the spiritual foundation of human existence. It is a call of action to meet the obligations and duties of life; yet keeping in view the spiritual nature and grander purpose of the universe.

Herman Hesse: The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life’s wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.

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.

Rudolph Steiner: In order to approach a creation as sublime as the Bhagavad-Gita with full understanding it is necessary to attune our soul to it.

Adi Shankara: From a clear knowledge of the Bhagavad-Gita all the goals of human existence become fulfilled. Bhagavad-Gita is the manifest quintessence of all the teachings of the Vedic scriptures.

Aldous Huxley: The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.

Ramanuja: The Bhagavad-Gita was spoken by Lord Krishna to reveal the science of devotion to God which is the essence of all spiritual knowledge. The Supreme Lord Krishna’s primary purpose for descending and incarnating is relieve the world of any demoniac and negative, undesirable influences that are opposed to spiritual development, yet simultaneously it is His incomparable intention to be perpetually within reach of all humanity.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada: The Bhagavad-Gita is not separate from the Vaishnava philosophy and the Srimad Bhagavatam fully reveals the true import of this doctrine which is transmigration of the soul. On perusal of the first chapter of Bhagavad-Gita one may think that they are advised to engage in warfare. When the second chapter has been read it can be clearly understood that knowledge and the soul is the ultimate goal to be attained. On studying the third chapter it is apparent that acts of righteousness are also of high priority. If we continue and patiently take the time to complete the Bhagavad-Gita and try to ascertain the truth of its closing chapter we can see that the ultimate conclusion is to relinquish all the conceptualized ideas of religion which we possess and fully surrender directly unto the Supreme Lord.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada: It has become a luxurious fashion of the day, along with progressing material civilization that anyone can make their own interpretation of the great Aryan philosophy of India known as the Bhagavad-Gita. This concise form of Vedic knowledge known also as the Gita Upanisad is acknowledged by all transcendentalists and scholars of Vedic scriptures as the apex of all the Upanisads and the Vedantasutras as well. This is true especially in India. Scholars and acrayas like Sripada Sankaracarya and some of his followers could in no way ignore or even attempt to not reccognize out this very important book of knowledge, although such scholars of the Mayavada school did not acknowledge the bona fides of the Puranas. But the interpretation of Sri Sankaracarya differs from the interpretations of the Vaisnava acaryas headed by Sri Ramanujacarya and Madhvacarya. There are innumerable interpretations of the Bhagavad-Gita in the market, and it is certainly a puzzling business to select which of the various interpretations shall be accepted as bona fide and which of them shall be rejected as mala fide.

Madhvacarya: The Mahabharata has all the essential ingredients necessary to evolve and protect humanity and that within it the Bhagavad-Gita is the epitome of the Mahabharata just as ghee is the essence of milk and pollen is the essence of flowers.

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