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    Gita Jayanti

    Srimad Bhagavad Gita, the unparalleled philosophical treatise was spoken about five thousand years ago by Lord Krishna to Arjuna at Kurukshetra just before the onset of the battle of Mahabharata. It was narrated by Lord Krishna on the day of Mokshada Ekadashi, which falls on the eleventh day of the waxing moon (shuklapaksha) in the Vedic lunar month of Margashirsha. It is the essence of Vedic knowledge and is also known as Gitopanisad. Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the worldwide Hare Krishna Movement says – “If one properly follows the instructions of Bhagavad-gita, one can be freed from all miseries and anxieties in this life, and one’s next life will…

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    Is The Gita a Book of Violence?

    Spoken on a battlefield, the Bhagavad-Gita enunciates transcendental principles so vital that the Lord wanted them established even at the cost of a great war! In the Bhagavad-Gita, chapter 13, verse 8, Lord Krishna enunciates ahimsa or non-violence as an item of knowledge. Yet, in the Gita, the Lord is inciting Arjuna to war! Is there a contradiction in the Lord’s teachings? Dharma To understand this, we should recognise an important aspect of living – Dharma. It is higher principles of living that differentiate human society from the animal. Principles though vital to humanity are to be followed willingly. One of the meanings of Dharma is the code of conduct…