warm wishes


Today is supposed to be ‘Gita Jayanti’ – the day the forlorn Arjuna, and the Supreme Lord Krishna had that profound conversation that turned out to be one of the greatest philosophical treatises of the world.

In a very clear and precise way, Krishna describes the science of self-realization and the exact process by which a human being can establish his eternal relationship with the God within himself.

Many great thinkers from our times such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Schweizer as well as, Sankara, Madhvacarya and Ramanuja from the bygone ages have all contemplated and deliberated upon the timeless message of the Gita.

Here is one of the verses from the Gita for us to contemplate upon…
(pardon the incorrect transliteration – i don’t know how to find all the required fonts!)

vidya vinaya sampnne brahmane gavi hastini
suni caiva svapakey ca panditah samadarsinah

“The brahmana who is endowed with knowledge and humility, the cow, the elephant, the dog and the outcaste; a man of genuine wisdom (pundit) eyes them all equally”

(translation mine, may not be accurate, but i think it conveys the gist)

Krishna, in this verse, expounds the idea of a pundit beautifully. A pundit in common parlance is a learned person. Krishna points to a man of genuine learning and wisdom, a man of vision, who is able to seem the same Truth in everything & everybody around him.

On this auspicious day, here’s wishing all of you wonderful people more and more introspection and inner growth, in this wonderful journey called ‘life’.

PS: the pic, featuring bhishma & krishna, is one of my favourites stills from the mahabharata. here, krishna, enraged by all the havoc caused by bhishma, almost breaks his vow of not ‘fighting’ in the war. bhishma, on the other hand, has dropped his weapons, surrendering to the prospect of dying at the hands of the Lord himself.

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