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Anu Gita Quotes And Teachings

Anu Gita is the section in the Mahabharata that follows the Bhagavad Gita. Anu Gita literally means ‘following the Gita’. It re-states the religious, philosophical and spiritual teachings of the Bhagavad Gita.

Occurring in the Ashwamedha Parva of the epic, Anu Gita consists of 36 chapters. Yudhisthira has settled down to rule. Bhagavan Sri Krishna, after reviving Parikshita, the still-born child, takes leave of the five Pandava brothers. Arjuna requests Bhagavan Sri Krishna to teach him once again the fundamental principles of life, as he had done on the battlefield before the commencement of the Bharata war. Sri Krishna’s teachings make the contents of Anu Gita.

Bhagavan Sri Krishna says that permanent happiness is nowhere to be found in the empirical world nor is there any ever-enduring state. There will always be change. The enjoyable and pleasing states of life give way to painful, unhappy states. Though there may be loving relations, separation from dear ones will inevitably occur. Life will include the company of both desirable and undesirable people. All acquired wealth will be lost ultimately. At the end of life, the body and the mind both deteriorate.

The results of actions, however, both good and bad, do not perish. Their fruits are reaped in this or in succeeding births. One should, therefore, gradually renounce everything little by little, freeing oneself from all actions and initiatives. The one who becomes pure at heart, self-controlled, considering all beings as his own self, who has neither ego nor pride, attains freedom from the dualities of life and consequently from rebirth. Such a one, in the word of Anu Gita, has the conviction that ‘knowledge is supreme and renunciation is the great penance’, and that ‘truth is wisdom’. He looks upon all beings as his own self. He regards Brahman as truth, penance as truth, the creator as truth, and the whole world with its contents as truth. It is he who attains supreme bliss. This, briefly, is the message of Anu Gita.