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Gita Jayanti to be celebrated tomorrow
The festival of Gita Jayanti is to be celebrated with great fervour tomorrow on December 13 this year in Kurukshetra and many other religious places of India. On the eve of the festival, it the pertinent to revisit the existential philosophy propounded by Lord Krishna leading to liberation.
The Bhagadvad Gita is the most revered scripture of the Hindus. According to Gita, soul-realization, liberation or moksha is the ultimate aim of life. And, soul is something that is always present as the essence of the self and the ultimate reality.  Further, soul can be realized by deep intuitive knowledge, devotion or desireless action.

The scripture talks about Yoga as evenness of mind or union of mind with the ultimate reality. It dwells on three kinds of yoga, namely Karma yoga or detached action, Bhakti yoga or devotion and Gyana yoga or true self- knowledge

Believers hold that the Bhagavad Gita offers a practical approach to liberation in the form of Karma yoga. Most Hindus and many thinkers find Kama yoga appealing since the path of worldly life upholds the necessity of action in day today living. However, the action is to be undertaken without any attachment to its fruits or results.

 The concept of such detached action has been called Nishkam Karma in the scripture. “To action alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction,” says the Bhagavad Gita.

Gandhi Ji was a believer of the existential philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and wrote that by desireless action; by renouncing fruits of action; by dedicating all activities to God, i.e., by surrendering oneself to Him body and soul, one can lead a purposeful life.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Bhakti yoga stands for unceasing and loving remembrance of God or the super soul. In the scripture, reverence, faith and total surrender to Him are considered to be important aspects of bhakti as a path to liberation.

Purification of the mind and ego-less state coupled with enlightenment-based renunciation as the ultimate perfection of life or satvic life stands for Gyan yoga. In other words, Gyan Yoga is the path of self-knowledge. Understanding the illusions created by mind and mastering the techniques by which control over the mind might be gained are the main aspects of Gyan yoga.

The festival of Gita Jayanti is to be celebrated with great fervour tomorrow on December 13 this year in Kurukshetra and many other religious places of India. On the eve of the festival, it the pertinent to revisit the existential philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita propounded by Lord Krishna leading to liberation.

The Bhagadvad Gita is the most revered scripture of the Hindus. According to Gita, soul-realization, liberation or moksha is the ultimate aim of life. And, soul is something that is always present as the essence of the self and the ultimate reality.  Further, soul can be realized by deep intuitive knowledge, devotion or desireless action.

The scripture talks about Yoga as evenness of mind or union of mind with the ultimate reality. It dwells on three kinds of yoga, namely Karma yoga or detached action, Bhakti yoga or devotion and Gyana yoga or true self- knowledge

Believers hold that the Bhagavad Gita offers a practical approach to liberation in the form of Karma yoga. Most Hindus and many thinkers find Kama yoga appealing since the path of worldly life upholds the necessity of action in day today living. However, the action is to be undertaken without any attachment to its fruits or results.

 The concept of such detached action has been called Nishkam Karma in the scripture. “To action alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction,” says the Bhagavad Gita.

Gandhiji was a believer of the existential philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and wrote that by desireless action; by renouncing fruits of action; by dedicating all activities to God, i.e., by surrendering oneself to Him body and soul, one can lead a purposeful life.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Bhakti yoga stands for unceasing and loving remembrance of God or the super soul. In the scripture, reverence, faith and total surrender to Him are considered to be important aspects of bhakti as a path to liberation.

Purification of the mind and ego-less state coupled with enlightenment-based renunciation as the ultimate perfection of life or satvic life stands for Gyan yoga. In other words, Gyan Yoga is the path of self-knowledge. Understanding the illusions created by mind and mastering the techniques by which control over the mind might be gained are the main aspects of Gyan yoga.

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