Bhagwat Geeta – Preface


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The Srimad Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, narrated in the
Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata. It comprises eighteen discourses of a total of 701 Sanskrit verses. A considerable volume of material has been compressed within these verses. On the battlefield of Kurukshetra, Sri Krishna, during the course of His most instructive and interesting talk with Arjuna, revealed profound, sublime and soul-stirring spiritual truths, and expounded the rare secrets of Yoga, Vedanta, Bhakti and Karma.
All the teachings of Lord Krishna were subsequently recorded as the Song Celestial or
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by Bhagavan Vyasa for the benefit of humanity at large. The world is under a great debt of gratitude to Bhagavan Vyasa who presented this Song Celestial to humanity for the guidance of their daily conduct of life, spiritual upliftment and Self-realisation. Those who are self-controlled and who are endowed with faith can reap the full benefit of the Gita, which is the science of the Soul.

The Gita Jayanti (birthdate of the Gita) is celebrated throughout India by the admirers and
lovers of this unique book on the 11th day (Ekadashi) of the bright half of the month of Margasirsha according to the Hindu almanac. It was the day on which the scripture was revealed to the world by Sanjaya.

In all the spiritual literature of the world there is no book so elevating and inspiring as the
Gita. It expounds very lucidly the cardinal principles or the fundamentals of the Hindu religion and Hindu Dharma. It is the source of all wisdom. It is your great guide. It is your supreme teacher. It is an inexhaustible spiritual treasure. It is a fountain of bliss. It is an ocean of knowledge. It is full of divine splendour and grandeur.

The Gita is the cream of the Vedas. It is the essence of the soul-elevating Upanishads. It is a
universal scripture applicable to people of all temperaments and for all times. It is a wonderful book with sublime thoughts and practical instructions on Yoga, devotion, Vedanta and action. It is a marvellous book, profound in thought and sublime in heights of vision. It brings peace and solace to souls that are afflicted by the three fires of mortal existence, namely, afflictions caused by one’s own body, those caused by beings around one, and those caused by the gods.

The Gita contains the divine nectar. It is the wish-fulfilling gem, tree and cow. You can milk
anything from it. It is a book for eternity. It is not a catch-penny book, with life like that of a
mushroom. It can be one’s constant companion of life. It is a vade-mecum for all. Peace, bliss, wisdom, Brahman, Nirvana, Param Padam and Gita are all synonymous terms. The Gita is a boundless ocean of nectar. It is the immortal celestial fruit of the Upanishadic tree. In this unique book you will find an unbiased exposition of the philosophy of action, devotion
and knowledge, together with a wonderfully woven synthesis of these three. The Gita is a rare and splendid flower that wafts its sweet aroma throughout the world. If all the Upanishads should represent cows, Sri Krishna is their milker. Arjuna is the calf who first tasted that milk of wisdom of the Self, milked by the divine Cowherd for the benefit of all
humanity. This milk is the Bhagavad Gita. It solves not only Arjuna’s problems and doubts, but also the world’s problems and those of every individual. Glory to Krishna, the friend of the cowherds of Gokula, the joy of Devaki! He who drinks the nectar of the Gita through purification of the heart and regular meditation, attains immortality, eternal bliss, everlasting peace and perennial joy. There is nothing more to be attained beyond this.
Just as the dark unfathomed depths of the ocean contain most precious pearls, so also the
Bhagavad Gita contains spiritual gems of incalculable value. You will have to dive deep into its depths with a sincere attitude of reverence and faith. Only then will you be able to collect its spiritual pearls and comprehend its infinitely profound and subtle teachings.

The Bhagavad Gita is a unique book for all ages. It is one of the most authoritative books of
the Hindu religion. It is the immortal song of the Soul, which bespeaks of the glory of life. The instructions given by Sri Krishna are for the whole world. It is a standard book on Yoga for all mankind. The language is as simple as could be. Even a man who has an elementary knowledge of Sanskrit can go through the book.

There are numerous commentaries on the Gita at the present time. A volume can be written
on each verse. A busy man with an active temperament will be greatly benefited by the commentary of Sri Gangadhar Lokamanya Tilak, entitled Gita Rahasya. A man of devotional temperament will be attracted by Sri Sridhara’s commentary, and a man of reason by that of Sri Shankara. The Gita is like an ocean. Sri Shankara, Sri Ramanuja and Sri Madhava dived into it and gave accounts of their interpretation and established their own philosophy. Anyone can do the same and bring out the most precious pearls of divine knowledge and give their own interpretation. Glory to the Gita! Glory to the Lord of the Gita!

The teachings of the Gita are broad, universal and sublime. They do not belong to any cult,
sect, creed, age or country. They are meant for the people of the whole world. Based on the
soul-elevating Upanishads—the ancient wisdom of seers and saints—the Gita prescribes methods which are within the reach of all. It has a message of solace, freedom, salvation, perfection and peace for all human beings. This sacred scripture is like the great Manasarovar lake for monks, renunciates and thirsting aspirants to sport in. It is the ocean of bliss in which seekers of Truth swim with joy and ecstasy. If the philosopher’s stone touches a piece of iron even at one point, the whole of it is transformed into gold. Even so, if you live in the spirit of even one verse of the Gita, you will doubtless be transmuted
into divinity. All your miseries will come to an end and you will attain the highest goal of
life—immortality and eternal peace.

The study of the Gita alone is sufficient for daily Swadhyaya (scriptural study). You will
find here a solution for all your doubts. The more you study it with devotion and faith, the more you will acquire deeper knowledge, penetrative insight and clear, right thinking. The Bhagavad Gita is a gospel for the whole world. It is meant for the generality of mankind. It was given over five thousand years ago by Lord Krishna to Arjuna.

None but the Lord Himself can bring out such a marvellous and unprecedented book which
gives peace to its readers, which helps and guides them in the attainment of supreme bliss, and which has survived up to the present time. This itself proves clearly that God exists, that He is an embodiment of knowledge, and that one can attain perfection or liberation only by realising God.

The world is one huge battlefield. The real Kurukshetra is within you. The battle of the
Mahabharata is still raging within. Ignorance is Dhritarashtra; the individual soul is Arjuna; the indweller of your heart is Lord Krishna, the charioteer; the body is the chariot; the senses are the five horses; mind, egoism, mental impressions, senses, cravings, likes and dislikes, lust, jealousy, greed, pride and hypocrisy are your dire enemies.

astrology introduction


astrology introduction

The use of the word “Astrology” in the Vedic texts, in the scriptures-puranas and in the dictionary Meaning- The science or science by which the planets, constellations etc. located in the sky are known. The speed result, distance etc. are decided, it is called astrology.

In our life and work areas, the influence of planets and constellations keeps on falling on water and astrology is based on planets and constellations only.

In simple words – “Astrology” is the name of that science by which the sky, all the past, future and present condition can be known through the situated planets.

From the classical definition it becomes clear that astrology is concerned with the luminous planets moving in a certain path of the sky. Considering the Sun as the center, the position of the constellations, the nature of the effects of the planets on them and their depth is the only great science that tells astrology.

Astrology except the fruits of past, future, present of all living beings, it is also capable of curing diseases. Astrologers believe that those incurable diseases which doctors, doctors and doctors cannot cure. Astrology can eradicate diseases from the root, hence astrology It also has a life-giving superpower.

In Vedic literature, the sun is called the soul and the moon is called the mind. The result of the relationship between the Sun and the Earth is the cycle of seasons and this cycle is the main factor in the state of creation. If there is no change of seasons, then life on earth will end.

In this context, when we look at the Indian scriptures, then astrology is the only scripture that has the ability to give complete, hundred percent information about the three dimensions of time, past, future and present.

The importance of astrology is judged by results. Its basic structure rests on astronomy. Authentic details from the history of the individual to the future of the nation are based on the constellations and planets. It is also called constellation astrology. Everything is contained in astrology itself, from the information of fast-deceleration of things, weather, science, possibility and prevention of diseases and sorrow and happiness, profit and loss.

Before getting an introduction to the various dimensions of astrology, if we understand its basic facts, then it will be convenient to understand the complete facts ahead. Our entire or constellation science is based on planets. 

To understand which there are two fundamental aspects of Indian astrology?

  1. Result
  2. Mathematics

Phalit (Astrology) – which means doing predictions on the basis of planets, predictions etc. On the basis of this, the representation of past, future and present is done, hence Fatal astrology is most famous in the whole world.

Mathematics (astronomy) – which means astronomy. By astronomy there is knowledge of the position, definition, distance, etc. of the celestial planets.

Panchangadis are also produced by it.

Readers! The most important part is the result astrology, because the importance of astrology is judged by the result. Its basic structure rests on astronomy. The basic basis of constellation science is that the planets located at the time of birth of a person have a permanent effect in life. Birth time means the birth ascendant, that is, at what time, at what time the person was born in the sixty clocks of day and night. It has a direct effect on the person. To understand this, there are three parts of astrology. Their names are planets, constellations and zodiac signs.

In astrology, 27 constellations, 9 planets and 12 zodiac signs have been considered. (Which I am going to describe further) on the basis of them fate and future are determined. From the constellation we get to know how far the moon has traveled. On its basis, the position of the entire constellation is known.

After the above information, come, get all the following information related to constellation science. God has created the entire creation. Best planets, constellations and zodiac signs have been created. On the basis of which the creature is born, the constellation, planet and zodiac in which it is born, its karma is also discussed. That is, if a creature is born in the planetary yoga of Mars constellation, then Mars takes care of it. The signs give birth to his karma. That is why only the constellations, planets and zodiac signs have control over the living beings.

Working with the understanding of the planets paves the way for profit. Of constellations on getting information, the karma yoga of good and bad is seen. The pundits, the wise, and the horoscopes are matched on the basis of the planets and constellations. Auspicious and inauspicious results are fruitful only by looking at the constellations and planetary signs.

To understand the further dimensions, first get information about constellations.

Next Chapter: About Nakshatra (Constellation)