Although the teachings of Bhagavad Gita is universally applicable, and any person from any religious belief can benefit from it greatly, it was natural for the Union Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, to say that Bhagad Gita should be declared the Natinoal Book of India. The External Affairs Minister has requested the Centre to declare Bhagavad Gita as a ‘Rashtriya Granth’ (national book).
Glorifying the content of Gita, the Minister said she was able to face the challenges as External Affairs Minister only because of the teachings of Bhagavad Gita.
Ms Swaraj was addressing ‘Gita Prerna Mahotsav’, organised to celebrate Gita Jayanti at the Red Fort Maidan in New Delhi.
“Everyone should read two shlokas of Gita everyday…it is a scripture of 700 shlokas and it can be finished in a year. Read it again and continue this till the end. After reading it three to four times, you will discover a path to lead a life, the way I discovered.”
“When I read Gita for the first time, I did not agree with the concept of whatever happens, happens for the best and whatever happens in future, will be for good.”
“But when I read it for the third and fourth time, I understood its meaning. This has helped me all through my life. Even now, when I am handling the External Affairs and the challenges related to it,” she said.
“Eating chocolates or popping pills won’t reduce depression.Instead, one must read Gita. This will help relieve the stress and depression in life. It will help in dealing with challenges of life.”
Bhagavad Gita was spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, some 5000+ years ago when He visited our planet to re-establish religious principles. The famous verses of Gita, like karmanyevadhikaraste ma phaleshu kadachana.. has inspired many millions over centuries to perform their activities without being attached to the result. Unfortunately, in present age, this particular verse and many other verses are grossly misused and misunderstood by materialists, politicians and so-called sadhus alike. Students of the Vedic philosophy have marvelled at the content of Bhagavad Gita since time immemorial. However, the summum-bonum of Lord Krishna’s instructions is to surrender unto Him. Lord Krishna revealed this to Arjun when He said sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam sharanam vraja.
After Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON, went to the West in 1966, and established there the Hare Krishna movement, Bhagavad Gita’s instructions became the life-mantra for millions of people worldwide. Thanks to his followers, today practically every country in the world has Bhagavad Gita As It Is in its local language. ISKCON has distributed literally millions of Bhagavad Gita around the world.