celebrating Gita Jayanti

Srimad Bhagavad Gita is non-different from Sri Krsna. It is Sri Krsna’s ‘vangmay swarup’…Sri Krsna is present in the form of His ‘vani’….since Sri Krsna is absolute, His vani (sound/ instructions), His form, His beauty, His dham (places of pastimes), His leela, His name – everything is absolute and equally powerful as Him (in some cases some of these are more powerful than Sri Krsna Himself….eg, the Holy Name is more powerful than Sri Krsna). Worship of Srimad Bhagavad Gita is to read it nicely, understand it and follow it but on certain days (can be done on all days/ any day), one can also worship Sri Gitaji as Sri Krsna in ‘vigraha’ form. So today atleast, we should try to do this. It is my humble request to see if you can do some of the following for today –

  • We should try to have a copy of Srimad Bhagavad Gita on the altar today with Thakurji
  • Offer aarti, bhoga, flowers, and whatever service you would offer to your Thakurji to Sri Gita
  • Offer dandvat pranam to Sri Gita, serve by using chamara fan (lightly waving only as it is Winter)
  • Read atleast some shlokas or one chapter (18 if possible or 9) or whole Gita today
  • Humbly pray to Sri Krsna in the form of Bhagavat Gita and to His devotees (denoted by Sri Arjun) to give the ability to understand & practice Bhagavat Gita AS-It-IS
  • Please pray that these instructions of Bhagavad Gita spread like a wildfire throughout the 3 worlds and that everyone can take benefit of these sublime instructions
  • This may sound crazy but you can also carry Srimad Bhagavad Gita on your head in a procession form in your house or temple room while our family sings kirtan and glorifies Sri Krsna (like shobha yatra)
  • It is very good to distribute Srimad Gitaji to others today
  • even though today is Ekadashi, we should still make something simple but special (like halva) to offer to Thakurji. It is always very OK to offer regular bhoga to Thakurji on fasting days as Thakurji does not fast…we can honor the halva prasadam tomorrow
  • please meditate on the beautiful scene of Sri Krsna instructing Arjun in the middle of battlefield…in your mind, please meditate that Sri Krsna is instructing Arjun, you are listening to the conversation and then you are personally performing some seva / puja to that wonderful Partha-Sarthi form of Sri Krsna along with Arjun and devotees like Bhisma/ Pandavas…by mentally offering Them paraphernalia (chandan, bhoga, ornaments etc)
  • Please from heart thank Srila Prabhupad for giving us Srimad Bhagavat Gita- As-It-Is and for giving us his mercy in that form. Jai Srila Prabhupad !!!!

Also please be mindful –

  • Srimad Bhagavat Gita should not be kept on floor, sofa (on which we sit ON or have our feet on), dinning tables (where food is lying or is unclean) or any other unclean place…since it is Sri Krsna Himself, should be handled like Thakurji
  • Please do not mal-handle Bhagavat Gita, dont throw it from our hands to a table etc like a regular book, always pay obeisances to Srimad Gitaji
  • Please ensure our hands are clean (or washed) before touching Bhagavat Gita
  • If we are to keep Gita in our lap, please make sure our clothes are clean on which Sri Gitaji is to be placed

It is my humble request to everyone to see if you can do any of the above. If not, it is fine too…but somehow please honor Sri Gitaji today.

PS – Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Sri Chaitanya Charitamritam are non-different than Sri Krsna…they are all His vangmay swarup

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