The teachings of Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Its Significance

There are three epics - Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Brahmasutra. The significance of the rest two is embraced in Gita itself. That is why Gita can be called an expressway (highway) and the rest of the scriptures simply as the roads. The Vedas are the breaths and the Gita is the divine voice of almighty. The Upanishads have Vedic mantras, the Brahmasutra has philosophical sutras, and the Bhagavad Gita contains verses. Being the voice (speech) spoken by Bhagwan Krishna himself, it is, therefore, the mantra as well as sutras with cherished reverence.

The teachings of Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Its Significance

Can anyone even imagine that some 5000 years back, amid millions of soldiers of both the armies face to face ready to fight a great war on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, this discourse had been specified by God? Most mysterious & Inconceivable !!

In Bhartiya Sanskriti or Hinduism there are 5 most important sacred entities - Gita, Gau( cow), Guru, Ganga, and Gayatri.
Gita being the voice of Bhagwan Krishna himself is acknowledged as the super most. This Gita is like a cow, which is being milked by Krishna himself - Arjuna is a calf, the listener and the devotees are going to drink the nectar of milk of the Gita. The Ganges has come out of His holy feet. Drinking Gangajal liberates the drinker only whereas Gita gives freedom to all those who read, & listen and drinks it as the amritdrops.

The Bhagavad Gita is a very supernatural, unique script the reading of which would makes anyone whoever is from any varna, ashram, country, sect, etc., happy and get out of griefs.

Under the refuge of Gita, only peaceful feelings are sprouted. If there is any misgiving or suspicion in the mind, then it is resolved as soon as one reads it.

By reading, listening, understanding and by following the Gita, the wellbeing of a person is certain. He/she accomplishes divine attainment and attains equity or parity( samta) & welfare by:

  • renouncing the 'desire for happiness' during a painful (unfavorable) situation, and
  • 'abandon dual desires 'for pleasures' and 'to keep this state of happiness'; instead put it in the service of others when there is a favorable situation.

In every living entity, there is a part of God as "soul". But this creature falsely accepted its association with this physical world-destroying natural substances for its physical pleasure, causing it to fall into the vicious cycle of birth and death, and becomes alienated from God. In the same way, if this creature quarantines himself from these substances, connect with & recognize the eternal relationship with God, then he will be left forever from the great misery of this birth and death. And for this, there is the incarnation of the Bhagavad Gita.

Gita gyan or teachings of Srimad Bhagavad Gita:

The Gita is not a one-sided discourse. It is a collection of dialogues in which if Arjun had not prompted Krishna with lively questions, clear-sighted & ready-witted visions would not have been offered. The beauty of the Gita lies in the interweaving of the questions asked by Arjun and the replies given by Krishna. In Gita, Arjuna learns from Krishna as a student and accepts all the teachings without any opposition.


Had Arjun not expressed relevant questions, relevant queries, and doubt-felt declarations, Krishna would not have explained the Gita, the incarnation of eternal wisdom.

Modern Science has proved that Vedic knowledge is free of all faults and errors. Therefore we should also accept Bhagavad Gita as it is, without any remarks- without subtracting or increasing and without any fancy in the subject matter.

In the present era, people do not have enough time to study all the Vedic literature, and it is not even required. The Gita is the essence of all Vedic texts, the Upanishads. Hence it should be carefully listened to and read in the pure sublimity of its teachings. As VedVyas Ji has rightly mentioned -

"Geeta Sugita Kartavya Kimanyeh Shastra Vistareh

ya swayam Padmanabhasya Mukha padmadvinih Srita

The teachings of Gita are of very high quality, filled with the highest knowledge, devotion, and selfless spirit. There is no such precept like Gita discoursing the unanimity and uniformity (parity).

When a man is surrounded by worries, doubts, and grief, and no other way is visible, at that time Gita shows the path to happiness and peace by making him relaxed & free as the bird.

The Gita is a pathway to bliss & wellbeing not only for Hindus but equally also for those who believe in other religions & faiths.

Gita describes the three yogic routes to follow - Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti Yog. The gross, subtle, and causal bodies have an integral relationship with the world.

  • Put all three in selfless service to others - this is Karma yoga.
  • Disconnect from them and get positioned in their true form - this is Jnana Yoga.
  • Surrender to God - this is Bhakti yoga.

God has blessed a man with three powers to prove these three yogas,

The power to do - implies to serve the world selflessly - which is Karma Yoga.

The power to know (knowledge) – is to know its true form - that is knowledge – which is Jnana Yoga and

Power to believe (trust) – implies the power to obey & devote and thus to believe God - which is devotion, Bhakti Yoga.

The Gita can be used as proof of India's oldest civilizational culture, the religious civilization of India- Hinduism. It is the most popular sacred book not only in India but in the whole world and accepted without question by the most diverse faiths.

In this world, human beings have to do karma for their livelihood- they cannot desist from performing actions. According to Gita, human society is divided into four Varna-system vis-a-vis karma -

Brahmin - means intellectuals, scholars

Kshatriya - means administrators, bureaucrats

Vaishya - means & include the farmers, traders - businessmen, corporate houses, and the fourth being

Shudra - labor & workforce.

Everyone should perform all individual work as his duty – be it literary, scientific, theological, or intellectual.

The Gita is like the sun of knowledge. In Gita, the secret of knowledge, devotion (religious fervor), and selfless bhava have been told in such a simple way that will not be found in any other scripture.

Gita's preaching is to 
  • perform duty and command actions as a sacrifice for the benefit of the world 
  • renouncing egoism & attachments, 
  • being selfless & free from desires of fruits or rewards

This is the prime objective & ultimate interest of all the yogas- Gyana, Karma, and Bhakti, as stated in the Gita.

The principle of the Gita is not to sleep too much or too little, neither to eat too much nor to be very hungry – this is also a yoga-form and performing all his deeds in this form will certainly tear down all the griefs & sadness.

"Yuktahara viharasya Yukta cheshtasya Karmasu.

Yuktya svapnavabodhasya yogo bhavati duhkhaha.

Only Lord Shri Krishna is Sachchidananda - His form is true & eternal, full of knowledge and joy.

Whereas regarding a human being -

This body of ours is not true. It is not satt but discrete, perishable.

This mind is not full of knowledge but full of ignorance. We not only lack spiritual knowledge but are also short of having complete knowledge of this material world.

This is Nir-ananda - not full of joy instead is depressing & distressing. All sorrow arises from body, mind, and intellect.

By abandoning this body and renewing or rebirth in another body in the same world is also well-organized. A man dies only when it is determined what kind of body he will receive in the next life.

According to our past deeds (destiny), we make progress (growth) or regress(retreat) in this present life. Thus this present life is a preparation for our next life. Therefore to have a privileged life we must do noble & righteous deeds.

Embracing Gita in daily life sharpens & increases the virtues & intrinsic worth, the manners & performances, the inner strength, the intelligence, knowledge, awareness & wisdom of a human being.

The Gita should be read time and again, repeatedly, and must be inculcated in heart & mind. Every word of it is inspiring, should be meditated and put into conscience. The Gita is an appropriate text for all - the educated or illiterate and all communities of all countries. It inspires & teaches us how to keep our mind and intellect in one God. With this, all the senses also remain involved in the service of Lord Krishna.

Srimad Bhagavad Gita has 18 chapters comprising 700 shlokas (verses).

The Gita guides anyone (whether he be an executive officer in a company, professional, businessman, housekeeper, or a student) effectively if he possesses the following qualities quoted by Krishna himself–

Gyan( jnanam) - means complete vision of the entire organization, its aim, and objectives

Buddhi - there may arise many problems, and obstacles while imparting his vision. He must have the wisdom(buddhi) to overtake and control those obstacles.

Dhriti - means patience and fortitude. One must have the ability to consistently hold on to his goal. The greater the goal and higher the inspiration, the more spectacular the success will be. The way Krishna managed the crisis on the battlefield, teaching to Arjuna and then leading the Pandavas to victory – is the proof of this fact.

According to Gita mahatamya, 

"Ekam Shastram Devkiputragitam

– only one shastra, Bhagavadgita, is enough for the whole universe.


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