Gita Jayanti at the House of Commons
17th December 2013
Maha Mandleshwar Gita Manishi Swami Shri Gyananand Ji Maharaj is well known as a synonym of Shri Krishna Bhakti. His every work and action is based and centralized on the grace of Lord Krishna (Shri Krishna Kripa). Swami Gyananand Ji Maharaj has a dedicated belief in India's eternal tradition. His way of teaching the Bhagvad Gita in an easy, lucid and effective style, is really remarkable and has a touching and everlasting effect on the mind of listeners.
He is an eminent poet and a prolific writer. His work ''Gita Prerna" - a concise explanation of 18 chapters of the Gita, "Gita Gyan Sudha" - a poetic translation of Gita in Hindi have found homes all over the globe.In his own words "May Shri Gita Ji be declared as the National Treatise (Scripture) of India, may slaughtering of cows be strictly banned, and may no one remain bereft of the Grace of Lord Krishna (Shri Krishna Kripa)."
The Global and Eternal Influence of the Bhagavad Gita
"Then Krishna, the Lord of yoga revealed his supreme form --
Possessing numerous mouths and eyes, glittering with divine ornaments, displaying divine signs,
Divinely garlanded, divinely scented, all-shaped, all-powerful, transcendent and limitless.
Were a thousand suns to explode suddenly in the sky,
their brilliance would approximate the glory of the sight.
And in the body of Krishna, Arjuna saw the separate universes united, and resting.
Struck with awe, his hair on end, he bent his head and offered pranaama"
With the revelation of the Bhagavad Gita, the light of wisdom poured into the heart and mind of Arjuna and has poured its radiance into millions of hearts and minds ever since. Its impact on humanity is as vast and as deep as its own scope and it has quietly changed the direction of history many times over. In the words of Emerson, the father of American Philosophy," It was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us."
The Gita was Gandhiji's source of inspiration and Nelson Mandela had an intimate knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita which was with him during his time in prison. In one visit to a temple he joined in conversation with its Swami, who quoted excerpts from the Gita and was stunned to find Mandela finishing his quotes, and playfully challenging him to try and find a part which he, Madiba, did not know.
"Gita Jayanti" is celebrated worldwide by all Hindus (followers of Sanatana Dharma), who revere Bhagavad Gita as their Divine Mother because She teaches us (in a non-sectarian and scientific manner) how to re-establish our lost relationship with our inner Divinity and purpose, our Divine Father. Gita Jayanti is an annual celebration to commemorate the day when Lord Krishna re-introduced these most transformative teachings into Bharat. Prince Arjuna, confused and despairing, on the Battlefield of life had lost his way, unable to differentiate between right and wrong and the words with which Lord Krishna re-connected him with his divine purpose, the clearest explanations of Yoga, Karma and Dharma, are known as the Divine Song , the Bhagavad Gita. Please join us.