About the Book
This book is a new creation throbbing with the
author’s mature reflections on the Song of songs, the Song of Sri Krishna. It
is neither a commentary on nor a paraphrase of the Gita.
The Teaching given on the Kurukshetrc is taken up
by the author in the shrine of the heart where the battle of life meets the
silence that is in the “starry sky” and the golden dawn.
This book takes you into the depths and reveals to you
the very Heart of the Gita.
THE WORD GITA MEANS A SONG. KRISHNA’S
Revelation- the Song- was treasured in many hearts before it was written on
parchment or palm- leaves and tablets of stone.
The Gita has only seven hundred verses
(slokas): and these take the form of a samvada, a dialogue between Krishna and
His pupil, Arjuna. Through fifty centuries and more of India’s chequered
history hath shone, in quiet beauty, the Bhagavad Gita, the Song of the Lord.
These seven hundred verses sparkle as sparkle the stars- refreshing, renewing,
and blessing the hearts of toil- wearied travellers on the path of life.
Sometimes, I feel that my soul is far away
sailing over the Ancient Way. Then I feel as a bird afloat- a bird swinging
round the blue clouds of Brindaban. And, thinking of Krishna, I hear, methinks,
a voice which cries: “Won’t you seek a light- ye who are surrounded by
All men, I believe, seek the Light. All men
seek a Way. Not many find; a few follow- and attain! The Veda, the Avesta, the
Dhammapada, the Bible, the Qur’an- all the sacred scriptures- call on us to
seek the True, the Good, the Beautiful. Religions point to ways to God: and the
Gita gives us the great word that all the ways do lead the seeker to the One
The Gita refers to three ways- the way of work
or action, the way of wisdom or knowledge, and the way of bhakti or devotion.
The ways are more than one. because there are human differences in temperament
and mental and spiritual equipment. Diverse religions speak of diverse paths.
There is the path of liberation through action (karma- marga): there is the
path of liberation through knowledge of the Atman (gnana-marga): there is the
path of liberation through devotion to Krishna and the saints (bhakti-marga).
The Gita says:
Work without attachment. By work or action, men
like Janaka attained perfection.
They who are devoted to the welfare of all
beings come to Me! Freed from passion, fear and anger, absorbed in Me, taking
refuge in Me, and purified by “fires” of knowledge, many have become one with
Yes- diverse religions point to diverse paths.
Yet “I am in every religion as a thread through
a string of pearls”- saith Krishna.
Wisdom, devotion and action- each one leads the
seeker to the Lord. The way of action is as noble as any other way. Act, work-
but abandon attachment. Listen to the words of the Gita:
He who abandons attachment and then acts is not
stained by sin, He is as a lotus leaf which in water grows but is by water
He who thus doth discipline himself, working but
abandoning the fruit of works- he attains to the Peace that passeth
The world, alas! is imprisoned in its activity:
but free are they whose actions are done as worship of God!
Therefore, Arjuna! Do thy actions sacramentally.
Offer them as yagna, a sacrifice to God.
Krishna teaches Arjuna:
To work alone thou hast the right, but never to
the fruits thereof!
Abandon inaction, yet be not attached to fruits
Regard success and failure alike.
Unhappy are they who work for results.
Abandoning all fruits of action, be thou freed from the fetters of birth and
death, and reach that state which is beyond all evil!
India is rightly proud of this Book- the
Bhagavad Gita. It is a Scripture not of the Hindu Faith alone: the Gita is a
world-scripture. The Hindu Faith starts with the Books of Holy Knowledge, named
the Vedas. The hymns of the Vedas are inspired by a vision of the meaning of
life and death, and the movement of cosmos and history. Hymn 129 in the tenth
mandal (section) of the Rig Veda is the Creation Hymn of the Rishis. It points
out that in the beginning what existed was void and formless: then arose
desire: and desire was the seed, the primal seed and germ of manifestation.
After the Vedas came the Brahmanas- commentaries
on the Vedas. These commentaries are radiant with beautiful suggestions
regarding the Spirit that moves in Nature and makes it a holy shrine.
After the Brahmanas came the Upanishads. The
word means “sitting down under a Master.” In the holy shrine of Nature, in
quiet forests- tapobanas- sat down the pupils “under their masters” to receive
the inspired wisdom of the Rishis concerning life and its destiny.
Then came the Bhagavad Gita, the Song of Sri
Bhagavan, the Song of the Holy One- Krishna the Saviour. Krishna’s is a moving
story. Brought up as a cowherd, He became a Leader of His people and built New
Mathura. And, in deep humility, He drove the chariot of His disciple, Arjuna,
on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. There Krishna gave to Arjuna the Teaching
which is enshrined in the Bhagavad Gita. May it be enshrined in the hearts of
millions in many parts of the world!
The keynote to Krishna’s teaching is: Do not
merely read the Gita: live the Gita in daily life.
Therefore, live a dedicated life. The model
man, the “Krishna-man” of the Gita is he who finds the joy of inner life, yet
attends to outer things. There are things to be done for others in this world
of tragedy and tears. And even the Prefect Man must do his duty to others.
The Krishna-man says: “I may not need many
outer actions for myself: yet must I act for the sake of others.” Such a man
must do many things but always in a spirit if detachment. Do not despise Karma,
says the Master. Remember, O Arjuna! Janaka and others, the great ones in Aryan
history, attained to perfection through karma.
To live the dedicated life, surrender yourself
to the Lord. Give up egoism. In serving others- your society, nation, humanity-
in serving, also, the birds and beasts around you- learn to renounce yourself.
In the measure in which you empty yourself will the great Master breathe His
blessing through you and make your life a Song, a Music, of sacrifice. Was he
not a disciple of a Rishi who wrote:
Sow nothing of thyself: but offer the ground of
thy heart cleared of everything. For then will He sow His seed therein,
according to His Plan. Remember that He will have thy soul detached from all
things that He may unite it to Himself. Leave Him to choose thee: impede Him not
by thy desires.
Go forth then to serve, but in a spirit of
detachment and dedication to Him. Say to yourself: “I am naught! He is All!”
Let all your good deeds be done to Him! And as you move about, behold Him- the
wonderful One- walking this beautiful Earth. Dedicated action is emphasized in
It is not right to speak of the Hindu Faith as
pessimistic. The right Hindu outlook is one of shakti. “Stand up, O Arjuna!”
says Krishna. Not without reason was India named Karmabhumi- Land of Action.
The Gita puts in the mouth of Sri Krishna the significant words: “I, also,
The Gita refers to these three aspects of
religion: (1) karma; (2) gnana; and (3) bhakti. “A dogma of Hinduism,” says an
English critic, “is to withdraw from the world.” No! The Hindu Faith is not
credal, nor other-worldly. The Hindu Faith is not a creed: it is a path- a
threefold path. For men have different temperaments according to diversities of
experience and stages in evolution. This triple path, the Gita refers to as
karma, gnana, and bhakti.
Karma, with its emphasis on duty and
detachment, grows into dedication and culminates in yagna, sacrifice. On the
gnana side, two truths are emphasised in the Gita: (1) train your thought-
power; and (2) build up concentration. Learn to spend some time, every day, in
silence. Form Silence-circles. Learn to be still. Meditate, and you will know
that in silence is strength. In the noises which dominate us, today, we shut
out the Atman by our shouts and shows. Rightly said Tolstoy that if men and
women would go into silence for five minutes, every day, the world would be
The Gita In Daily Life
Gravity And Grace
Let Your Light Shine!
The Healing Hand
That Art Thou!
The Man Of Wisdom
The Evolution Of Arjuna
Purified By Suffering
Contemplation Through Action
The Great Mystery
The Heroic Ideal
Science And Wisdom
The Meaning Of The Gita
Wisdom Of The Heart
The Way Of Bhakti
Be As A Child!
The New Civilisation
The Imprisoned Splendour
The Awakened Ones
The Secret Link
Exploration Of The Hidden Self
The Way To God
The Lonely Soul
Communion With The Self
Value Of Symbols
Not Lost For Ever!
The Method Of Meditation
Be A Zero!
The Invisible Power
Through Darkness Into Light
Technique Of Meditation
Thy Will Be Done!
The Heart Of The Gita
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