The Bhagavad Gita, popularly known as the Gita, is the song of the Supreme Lord Govinda. It is a song that he sung to Arjuna, his dear friend, amidst the battlefield of Kurukshetra, now, in the modern province of Harayana, India. The glory of this song Divine, is infinite, unfathomable. Even a negigible amount of surrender to this great song, great scripture, on the part of man, is enough to grant him immortality, liberation from the endless cycles of birth and death. It has the capacity to dash to the ground, the plethora of illusions that the mind weaves within him, thus keeping him pinned to this world of unyielding turmoil and travesty. It is said that none can actually describe the Gita or is capable of singing its glories. Even Sesha, the thousand headed serpent-god, whose torso forms the couch of Lord Vishnu, Shiva or Ganesha, cannot depict its infinite glory. The great Epics of Sanatana Dharma have sung, at length, the glories of the Gita, but even if one were to bring all the words of its glory together, it cannot be yet declared that the glories of the Gita have been fully enumerated.
Gita, is one of the most authentic scriptures of the Dharma that embodies the supreme spiritual mystery and secrets of life and after-life. It is the extract of all the Vedic system, in a nutshell. Its style is simple and succinct. With a little study, a man of interest can easily follow the structure of its words, but the thought behind its words is a vast bright penumbra, so deep and abstruse that even a lifelong deliberation on a single verse of the Gita does not show the end of its meaning.
Everyday the divine song book exhibits a new facet of thought, just leaving the Gita ever fresh, ever new, even unexplored, many times. Deep reflection on the teachings of the Gita with faith and reverence will make it directly appear impregnated with deep meaning at every step.
The Gita covers a wide range of topics from virtues, glories, character, truth, mystery, worship of God to topics on Action and Knowledege. Any parallel to these topics as depicted by the Gita, can hardly be found in any other work. The Gita, as a scripture is so incomparable that there is no word in it which is devoid of some instructive thought. The Gita does not flatter, put directly, it points to the Truth, without beating round the bush. It is a blatant work that shows the mirror to every man who reads it. It is barometer that gives one a measure of the water, in which one is standing. It is a work of truth in its purest form. For many, Gita can be so frightening that they would want to avoid it, because the work exposes them, attacking mercilessly, their falsely created self-image. Only a man of conscience, a man who is interested in self-refinement and reformation can actually touch the Gita. This is a fact. No hypocrite can ever approach the Gita. To assume that the book is overestimating the powers of the Lord, overestimating the nature of Truth, is to show disrespect to the divinity embodied in the Gita.
The Gita is the epitome of all revealed scriptures. It is the acme of the highest truth, the highest philosophy. It would be no exaggeration to claim that the Gita is the very store-house of all scriptural knowledge. A fair understanding of the Gita may lead one to a comprehension of all truth, contained in the scriptures of Sanatana Dharma. Therefore no separate study is required in obtaining this knowledge. Only a lifelong study of the Gita shall be sufficient