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Dr Annie Besant on the Bhagavad Gita

Annie Besant, the prominent British socialist, theosophist, and supporter of Indian independence, offered profound insights on the Bhagavad Gita, a revered Hindu scripture. Here are some quotes attributed to her regarding the Bhagavad Gita:

  • 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.
  • In the Bhagavad Gita, there is no long discourse, but rather a series of brief, pregnant sentences, each of which has a wealth of meaning and can be dwelt upon at length.
  • The Bhagavad Gita is the most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue. Perhaps it is the deepest and clearest of all the scriptures, ever written.
  • The Bhagavad Gita is a revelation of the necessary self-discipline to attain the goal of spiritual realization. It is a practical guide to successful living and profound wisdom.
  • The Bhagavad Gita teaches us to be detached from the fruits of our actions, to act selflessly, and to surrender our ego to the divine will. It is a guidebook for righteous living and inner transformation.
  • Moderation is therefore the keynote of the Bhagavad Gita and the harmonizing of all the constituents of man, till they vibrate in perfect attunement with the One, the Supreme Self.
  • Have no personal interest in the event; carry out the duty imposed by the position in life, realize that Ishvara, at once Lord and Law, is the doer, working out the mighty evolution that ends in Bliss and Peace; be identified with Him by devotion, and then perform duty as duty, fighting without passion or desire, without anger or hatred; thus activity forges no bonds, Yoga is accomplished, and the soul is free.

These quotes reflect Annie Besant's deep reverence and appreciation for the Bhagavad Gita and its timeless teachings on spirituality, duty, and self-realization.