Ethics and philosophy in Bhagavad Gita Kurukshetra
Suprabhatam to all faculty members of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh University (CRSU), students and other distinguished guests, taking part in today’s online international interdisciplinary conference on ‘Ethics and Philosophy in Shrimad Bhagvad Gita: Antidote for Challenges and Predicament of Humanity.’
Gitamanishi Swamy Gyananand Ji, Prof Somnath Sachdeva Ji, Vice Chancellor, CRSU, Jind; Shri Shankeranand Ji, Sah Sangathan Mantri, Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal (BSM); Shri Sunil Sharma Ji, Dr Rajesh Bansal Ji, Registrar, CRSU, Jind, all scholars, esteemed guests, sisters and brothers.
My compliments to the organizers of the conference Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, Haryana, and Department of English, Chaudhary Ranbir Singh University, Jind! It is a great moment for all of us to revisit the beauty of Shrimad Bhagvad Gita in our pursuits to find a lasting solution to our challenges and the predicament of humanity!
This conference is a beautiful and timely effort in this direction and will make the new generation aware of the importance of the Bhagavad Gita and its power to encourage the habit of self-inquiry and therefore it will guide them towards adopting a pragmatic approach to life. I hope this conference on Bhagavad Gita will introduce us to our rich culture and tradition and will benefit all the participants, paper presenters and scholars in many ways.
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is an extra ordinary holy document, which teaches and guides us to achieve the goal of equality, justice, fraternity and liberty and make humanity happy and free our ourselves from the clutches of suppression and discrimination. If happy and inclusive humanity is our goal, then the Shrimad Bhagvad Gita is our friend, guide, teacher and philosopher!
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is the heart and soul of philosophy and life processes not only in India but also in the entire world as manifested through its influence on all civilizations around the world. Almost everyone agrees that one should definitely read this Holy Scripture, at least once and one must follow the teachings of the Gita for the sake of humanity!
The Bhagavad Gita is the discourse that takes place between Lord Krishna and Arjun before the start of the Kurukshetra war. The teachings by Lord Krishna helped change Arjun’s perspective about life and, thus his life path! This war is an eternal war in the life of human beings and therefore the teaching of Gita can always show path to people across temporal and spatial dimensions.
Therefore the logic and knowledge inherent in every word of the Gita make it a timeless guide. Understanding the ageless guiding principles of the Bhagavad Gita can help us gain a deep insight into the how’s and why’s of everyday life. So, there are several benefits of reading the Bhagavad Gita.
Referring to the slokas of Bhagavad Gita can help us find solutions to the various problems of everyday life! Reading the Bhagavad Gita introduces us to the truth about life and helps us attain freedom from superstition and false beliefs. Knowledge gained from the Bhagavad Gita dispels our doubts and builds our confidence. Teachings from the Gita tell us to think well before we act.
The shlokas of the Bhagavad Gita tell us about our duties as human beings. Reading the Bhagavad Gita helps us understand the importance of self-control and how to practice it. Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita tell us how to practice nishkam karma or action without desire.
By reading the Bhagavad Gita, we learn to shun materialism and vices. Reading the Bhagavad Gita gives us a different perspective of life. As everyone knows the greatness, vastness, and importance of Gita in the field of philosophy and practical life I will like to foreground a few benefits of including Gita as an academic discipline at the level of higher Education in India and other parts of the World as well.
We should be proud and feel inspired that all over the world, not only many great personalities but also individuals from different cultures and religions treat the Bhagavad Gita as a guide to leading a fulfilling life.
The importance of the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita lies in the fact that it is the essence of all the Vedic knowledge that the truth seekers have been able to gather till date or will ever be able to gather in the future, using the faculties of mind and body possessed by human beings. It teaches us how to handle knowledge and information especially in our knowledge driven age.
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is, thus, a compendium of knowledge with detailed description on how to put that knowledge to practical use. It reveals the absolute truth and at the same time, it discourses us, while treating us like a child who is bewildered on receiving a new toy but does not know how to handle that.
Shrimad Bhagvad Gita does not leave us to discover our own ways to handle and use that knowledge. It does not leave us brainwashed. Chapter by chapter it takes us on a journey to understand the various aspects of this Supreme knowledge and keeps on narrating how to master them and use them to raise yourself to the highest possible position in life.
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is not only a book of wisdom. It is ‘the Book’ of the absolute truth, the absolute knowledge appended with a detailed manual on how to use that knowledge.
I congratulate BSM Haryana and CRSU Jind for coming up with such an appropriate conference at a time when the entire humanity is waging a war against the microscopic enemies of humanity and entire humanity needs divine guidance to win this war.
As the land of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita we have taken the leading role in this dharma yuddha against the virus to save humanity and this conference will inspire thousands of young scholars to contribute constructively in nation building and safeguarding humanity from the evils of greed, violence, discrimination, oppression, coercion and exploitation in any respect and on any pretext!
Once again I thank my heartiest compliment to all of you. My best wishes to the conference! Thank you so much!
Jai Hind! Jai Gita! Jai Haryana!