Today, which is 3rd December 2022, is the supremely auspicious occasion of Gita Jayanti. Centuries ago, on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon), during the Margashirsh month as per the traditional Hindu calendar, was when Lord Shri Krishna laid down the sacred Gitopdesh. On the battlefield of Kurukshetra, when the gravity of his situation dawned upon Arjun, he was conflicted. He was supposed to fight and win against the very people he called his own, his teacher, his cousins, leaving him in a moral impasse. That is when his divine Charioteer, Lord Shri Krishna himself, took away all his doubts and reminded him of his duty as a warrior first, and then his duty as a spiritual being. Bhagavad-gita, a philosophical poem comprising seven hundred Sanskrit verses, is in the form of a battlefield dialogue between Lord Shri Krishna and Arjun, where the lord is donating the mightiest entity of all, knowledge, to Arjun.
It is to mark this occasion and to further spread this goldmine of knowledge, Gita Jayanti is celebrated each year. Donating a shastra (Bhagwat Gita) is believed to be a ‘Mahadaan.’ And donating during the pious Margashirsh month of Gita Jayanti is even better. You can gift Bhagwat Gita on special occasions like your birthday, a wedding, New Year 2023, anniversary, housewarming and others to your friends and relatives. After all, what could be a better gift than Bhagwad Gita, recited by Lord Shri Krishna himself? Isckon is also involved in donating Bhagwad Gita for free in schools, jails, old age homes etc, and you can be a part of this divine movement too!
Spoken and written hundreds of years ago, Bhagwad Gita still continues to be as meaningful and relatable today. It is YOUR key, to a better life, a more enlightened life, and all you have to do is read it! If you’re more connected with the larger-than-life, much much larger than material life knowledge, you are invincible. P.S. – you can also visit your nearest Isckon temple for the event ‘The Advent Of Gita,’ where in Bhagwad Gita recitation and discussion are taking place from 8 AM.
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