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Lokamanya Tilak on the Bhagavad Gita

The most practical teaching of the Gita, and one for which it is of abiding interest and value to the men of the world with whom life is a series of struggles, is not to give away to any morbid sentimentality when duty demands sternness and the boldness to face terrible things.

The Gita was not preached either as a pastime for persons tired out after living a worldly life in the pursuit of selfish motives, nor as a preparatory lesson for living such worldly life; but in order to give philosophical advice as to how one should live one’s worldly life with an eye to Release, Moksha, as to the true duty of human beings in worldly life. My last prayer to everyone, therefore is that one should not fail to thoroughly understand this ancient science of the life of a householder, or of worldly life, as early as possible in one’s life.

Lokamanya Tilak

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