Bhagavad Gita influenced many great thinkers - Mahesh Bang

THERE are many paths to attain self-realisation yet there are many who choose to attain the knowledge from all different parts so that they can raise their consciousness to such a great extent that they see “One God” in all organisations and in all religion. According to Hinduism, one important aspect of self-realisation is to read, understand and practise the knowledge given in the Bhagavad Gita.
There are many philosophers, thinkers and self-realised people who have written commentary on the scripture.
The Bhagavad Gita (Song of God) is the essence of the Vedas and Upanishads. It is applicable to all.
It is a book with sublime thoughts and practical instructions on yoga, devotion, vedanta and action. The Bhagavad Gita has influenced many great thinkers over the years.
According to Hinduism, the Bhagavad Gita is universally regarded as the most influential philosophical text, shaping spiritual thoughts and life. Spoken by Lord Krishna to his devotee Arjuna, the Gita’s 700 verses provide an ultimate guide to selfrealisation. It reveals the essential nature of man, his environment and his relationship with the Almighty, which is most unique. The teaching of the Bhagavad Gita is said to free one from all sense of limitation.
Some of the popular commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita by self-realised people include Swami Prabhupada, Shri Shivananda, Shri Chinmayananda, Shri Eknath Easwaran, Shri Shankaracharya, Shri Paramahansa Yogananda, Swami
Vivekananda, Shri S Satchidananda, Shri Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi and Shri Ramsukhdasji.
There are also impressive commentaries from Western writers.
The choice of reading is entirely yours. One should read as many versions as possible from these great souls. Each time one reads the Bhagavad Gita, one always discovers
new information and different perspectives of knowledge.
A few versions of the Bhagavad Gita may require a guru/learned person, to fully understand the interpretation of the commentator.
However, one of the highly recommended version that is simple and easy to understand without a guru is Shri Ramsukhdasji Maharaj’s 
Srimad Bhagavadgita. In this Gita, Swamiji has written an extensive and very detailed commentary.
It is published by the Gita Press in Gorakhpur. Founded in 1923 by divine inspiration to propagate the Gita, serving humanity for truth and peace. It is the greatest nonprofitable organisation in India and promotes the most widely read spiritual text all over the world.
Special note: Gita Jayanti (December 25) marks 5 157 years since Lord Krishna spoke the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna. We are
fortunate it is falling on Christmas Day, when the entire world is rejoicing. One should begin reading a few pages daily and at least aim to complete it by the next Gita Jayanti.
It is a universal resource of inspiration for mankind. It is a divine and unique scripture which caters to the entire range of human evolution.
About Shri Ramsukhdasji Maharaj: Eternally free of attachment, as well as one knowing the essential nature (tattva), revered Shri Swami Ramsukhdasji Maharaj for over 102 years remained immersed and
blissfully connected in expressing paramatma (supreme consciousness, divinity and truth) for sharing with the world. Staying far from spreading the importance of a particular person, and only spreading the message of Bhagavan (God) and His words (Gita) remained the main aim and focus of his life.
Therefore he stayed away from having his photograph taken, feet being touched, worship, engaging in guru-disciple relationship, accepting gifts, accumulating money, having possessions, building ashrams and forming groups. In this manner, not getting people to be drawn towards him, he engaged them in Bhagavan (God).
To remain in a constant state of bliss and ecstasy it is essential to acquire knowledge from the Bhagavad Gita for self-realisation.
An element of self-realisation is to be completely humble, broadminded and to respect all religions and spiritual paths.
It is important to be removed from all types of ego. Knowing that all lead to one God.
The observation of a satvic diet, chanting, meditation and an appropriate lifestyle help maintain the mind in a state which is
conducive for self-reflection and selfrealisation.
Wishing you spiritual awakening and elevation.

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