Hindus have applauded Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu who was recently elected to 113th US Congress, for taking the Oath of Office on ancient Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita - Song of the Lord. Gabbard was sworn on January 3 as a member of the US House of Representatives in Washington DC.
HINDU STATESMAN Rajan Zed commended Gabbard, 31, for this act, and also urged other politicians to do the same. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that as the Bhagavad Gita talked about endeavoring constantly to serve the world’s welfare without any thought of personal gain, it should be the treatise for all the politicians and rulers of the world.
Zed pointed out that Bhagavad-Gita also told us about selfless action and selfless service, always keeping focus on welfare of others and be guided by compassion in our work. Zed noted that this philosophical and intensely spiritual poem was often considered the epitome of Hinduism. Besides being the cornerstone of Hindu faith, Bhagavad-Gita was also one of the masterpieces of Sanskrit poetry and had been commented by hundreds of authors and translated into all major languages of the world.
It was a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, just before the beginning of the great Mahabharata war, in which Lord Krishna gave spiritual enlightenment to the warrior Arjuna, who realized that the true battle was for his own soul. Its 700 verses in 18 chapters considered the nature of action, the religious and social duty, the human relationship to God, the means of liberation, and the nature of sacrifice, etc., Rajan Zed added.