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Gita Jayanti Importance - Bhagavad Gita Jayanti Date in 2018

Gita Jayanti is observed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Margashirsha month as per traditional Hindu calendar. Gita Jayanti 2018 date is Tuesday, December 18 in some regions. In some regions, it is on December 19 (western parts of India and Guruvayur Temple in Kerala). It is believed that the Bhagavad Gita was rendered by Lord Krishna to Arjuna on this day. Gita Jayanti falls on the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi day of the Margashirsha month (November – December).

Bhagavad Gita Jayanti Date

Importance of Bhagavad Gita Jayanti

The greatest quality of Bhagavad Gita is that it prompts you to think, it prompts you to take decision, and it prompts you to look at life differently and refreshingly and all this without surrendering your individuality.

Bhagavad Gita adapts to the present and discusses an issue by rooting itself in the present.

Everyday somewhere in the world a confused Arjuna seeks the advice of Krishna. Through the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna has been discussing and debating various problems with individuals and finding solutions for thousand of years and will continue to do the same forever. 

What to do on Gita Jayanti or How is Bhagavad Gita Jayanti Observed?

The day is observed all around the world with the reading of Bhagavad Gita, which is referred outside India as the Bible of the Hindus. Discussions and seminars are organized on the day.

All Hindu temples, especially those dedicated to Bhagwan Vishnu and Sri Krishna, conduct special pujas on the day.

The ideal way to celebrate Gita Jayanti is by reading at least a stanza from the Bhagavad Gita.

Mokshada Ekadasi observed on the Gita Jayanti day and therefore many Hindu devotees fast on the day.

In the famous Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple in Kerala, Gita Jayanti is observed on a different day. It is observed on the Guruvayur Ekadashi day in the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (November – December).

Bhagavad Gita on the Self Realized Soul

He who has attained stability of mind
through the practice of Yoga,
and who considers the whole spectacle
with the same regard,
he sees the Self in all beings,
and he sees all beings in the Self!
He who sees Me in all things,
and who sees all things in Me,
he is never separated from Me,
nor am I ever separated from him!
He who is established in unity,
who worships Me who dwells in all beings,
that yogin – whatever his way of life –
also dwells in Me! (Gita VI, 29-31)

Swami Chinmayananda Quotes on the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is a piece of art of strange beauty and its stands apart from everything else, in a class all by itself. It is liquid poetry expounding solid philosophy. In the lucidity of its meter it crystallizes some of the rarest gems of moral and spiritual values. Its breezy discourses have a firm style. The fluidity of its eloquence falls like merciful rain upon every broken personality, making it whole by its magic touch. It is not a book of science, and yet, it is very scientific in its approach to the theme. It has not the airy nothingness of familiar philosophical discourses, and yet, all philosophies seem to meet within its ample stretch.

A Short Discourse on Bhagavad Gita

In studying the Bhagavad Gita it must not be treated as if isolated from the rest of the Mahabharata as it at present exists. It was inserted by Vyasa in the right place with special reference to some of the incidents in that book. One must first realize the real position of Arjuna and Krishna in order to appreciate the teaching of the latter. Among the numerous names of Arjuna, there is one strange name, Nara – simply means ‘man.’

But why a particular man should be called by this as a proper name may at first sight appear strange. Nevertheless herein lies a clue which enables us to understand not only the position of the Bhagavad Gita in the text and its connection with Arjuna and Krishna, but the entire current running through the whole of the Mahabharata, implying Vyasa’s real views of the origin, trials and destiny of man.

Vyasa looked upon Arjuna as man, or rather the real monad in man; upon Krishna as the Logos or the spirit that comes to save man.

To some it appears strange that this highly philosophical teaching should have been inserted in a place apparently utterly unfitted for it. The discourse is alleged to have taken place between Arjuna and Krishna just before the battle began to rage. But when once you begin to appreciate the Mahabharata, you will see this was the fittest place for the Bhagavad Gita.

Historically the great battle was a struggle between two families. Philosophically it is the great battle, in which the human spirit has to fight against the lower passions in the physical body.

Arjuna was about to engage in a war of extermination against foes that led by some of his nearest relations. We are each of us called upon to kill out all our passions and desires, not that they are all necessarily evil in themselves, but that their influence must be annihilated before we can establish on the higher planes.

Source – the Book titled – Discourses on the Bhagavad Gita by Tirubalum Subba Row

The secret of success as told by Krishna to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita

We should be so completely absorbed in work or study as to become unaware of everything else, even of its results. To achieve the best results from what we do, we should be focused on the action with undivided attention.

Action should be done sincerely without worrying about its results. The results of the action will be greater if we put all attention and energy into the action itself and do not allow our energy to be diverted by thinking of results.

The result will depend on energy put into action. We are asked not to worry about results during the course of action.

The secret of living a meaningful life is to be very active, and do our best without thinking of our own selfish motives or even the results. A Self-realized person works for the good of all.

Source – Bhagavad Gita for Children and Beginners by International Gita Society

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