philosophy of the seers of ancient India. It
contains the essence of the
practical philosophy of the Upanashads in language more easily comprehended
than that used in the latter. It is wrong to call it the scriptural text of
the Hindus only. The message of the Gita is
relevant for all times and for all
humanity. Sage Vedavyasa has embedded this treasure in
the heart of Mahabharata, the geat epic poem written by him. It has been appreciated and acclaimed by the
great thinkers and philosophers of the World and translated into the major
world languages. It is strange that this
great sermon was delivered by Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the most unusual of
settings, the battlefield of Kurukshetra
where the Pandava and Kaurava armies were facing each other and Arjuna’s
chariot, with Krishna as the charioteer, was stationed right in the middle of
the two armies.
form to Arjuna.
मे योगमैश्वरम् [११.८]
various in kind and in multiplicity of colours (11.5).
Behold many wonders, O Arjuna, that no man has seen before (11.6)
inanimate, in this body of mine and also
whatever else you want to see(11.7) .
my extraordinary powers (11,8)
wearing off everything in the
universe. I am ready to gather unto
myself, destroy, all that is there in
the worlds. Even without you all those
warriors in the opposite camp will meet with their death (11.32).
glorified and enjoy the kingdom rich in resources. All these (in the opposite camp)
have already been killed by me, strike
at them and be just the apparent cause of their death (11.33).
other brave warriors who have already been put to death by me. Fight, you are sure to vanquish the enemy and
win this war (11.34)
मा च विमूढभावो
प्रवेष्टुं च परंतप [११.५४]
you, by my yogic powers, .
which has not been seen by any one else earlier (11.47).
of scriptures, nor philanthropic gifts, nor
Vedic rites nor austerities ( tapas) shall this form of mine be viewed by any
mortal, other than you, O hero of the Kurus. (11.48).
form. Be glad, take courage, and behold my earlier form (you are familiar with) (11.49)
you have seen is very difficult to behold. Even the devas themselves are always
longing to see it (11.52)
performance of yagnas can I be seen as you have seen me (11.53)
devotion that Form of mine may be completely known, and seen and entered
only goal and is devoted to Me, free from attachment, and without enmity or hatred towards all beings shall enter into
Me, O Arjuna (11.55) .