Gita Jayanti has celebrated this November 30.
But what is Gita Jayanti? Well, for folks who live outside India, this is the day when Lord Krishna revealed the secrets of life to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
According to the Hindu calendar, Gita Jayanti is observed on the 11th day of the month of Margsheersh. In Sanskrit, the 11th day is called Ekadashi.
In a year, there are 24 Ekadashis. The more important Ekadashis are Devshayani Ekadashi and Devprabodhini Ekadashi. On these two days, Lord Vishnu sleeps and gets awake.
Gita Jayanti and Mokshda Ekadashi
You will be mildly surprised to know that the name of the day when Gita was revealed to Arjuna by Krishna is Mokshda Ekadashi.
Let us understand four important words here;
Gita- means song
Bhagwad- means Of the Lord
Mokshda- one that delivers salvation, Nirvana or Moksha
Ekadashi- means the 11th day of the month
Anybody who listens to Bhagwad Gita on Mokshda Ekadashi achieves salvation. This year, that day fell on November 30.
Millions of people from all over the world derive satisfaction after learning life’s lessons from Bhagwad Gita.
International Bhagwad Gita Festival
You will be surprised to know that every year, the Government of Haryana organizes this Festival around this time of the year to commemorate the Bhagwad Gita. If you are in Delhi right now then you may like to visit Kurukshetra to participate in this fair. This town is located roughly 100 kilometers from Delhi in the northwest.
It was in Kurukshetra that the Great War of Mahabharat was fought between the Pandavas and Kauravas, several thousands of years back. The tree under which Bhagwad Gita was delivered by Krishna to Arjuna still stands proudly after all these thousands of years.
Geeta and Moksha
Now you would be wondering how can one attain salvation by just listening to Bhagwad Gita.
Well, Gita teaches us to attain Moksha by detaching ourselves from desire, anger, and other bad qualities. Most importantly, it teaches us that we should be concerned only with our duties. Results are commensurate with our efforts. If we do hard and smart work then good results will follow. But we should always remember that our results are not in our hands.
So Gita teaches us two things- be action-oriented and secondly, keep a balanced mind.
If you are wondering what salvation has got to do with a balance of mind and being result focused then here is a thought.
Assuming you worked very hard on a project and did not get due recognition. So what do you do? Don’t you become bitter? Doesn’t that bitterness stick to you for the rest of your life? Your life becomes unhappy and generally, you turn into a pessimist.
But if you just focused on your actions and did not bother too much about your results, then you’d become a saner person.
This is what Gita does to you and me- turn people into saner human beings.
That’s it, folks.
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