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Bhagwad Gita is not a Message. Not a book. It is a Process.

Unlike popular belief and suggestions by the great “thinkers” and intellectuals, Bhagwad Gita is not a message.  It is certainly not a book.  It is a process.  A process of raising consciousness.

If it was a book, it would have been very easy.  Krishna would have thrust the book into Arjun’s hands at night and asked him to read and come prepared to fight the Mahabharat in the morning.  Why fret?  Why spend time in “Viraat Roop” etc?

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If it was a message, then Sanjay heard it first hand.  Dhritrashtra heard it second hand.  None of them are known as enlightened beings.

If Moksha is the final goal of Gita, and if the message didn’t lead the first hand listening to the message to reach enlightenment, then it is obvious that either Gita is not what it is supposed to be, or it is more than what we think it is.

Spiritual Liberation is not in words.  It is not in books.  It is in transformation.  And Krishna selected only ONE person for that work.  Not Yudhister, not Bheem, not Bhishma, but Arjun.

Our problem is that none of us wants to be Arjun.  None of wants to be taken through a “process”… but everyone wants to have a Gita.  It cannot happen so.  If books could create Spiritual liberation, then Greeks of yore would have been the most enlightened people!  We all know that they were into intellectual juggling as opposed to real liberation.

To know Bhagwad Gita is not easy.  It shouldn’t be.  For, then why would you need Krishna for it?  If the real essence of Gita was in its words, then everyone reading and lecturing on Gita could be a Krishna.  Sadly for the preachers, and thankfully for the humanity, it doesn’t work that way.  Unless you have reached the consciousness of Krishna, you cannot understand the import of Gita in any way.

In Yoga Vashishta, Sage Vashishta discusses the entire “message” of Gita with Ram.  He says how Krishna will share it with Arjun in the next Yuga.  The Sadhana that Ram was being taken through couldn’t have been complete without the process of Gita being complete between Him and Sage Vashishta.  Gita happens where there is consciousness high enough to be divine.

Similarly, when Ramana Maharishi took people through the transformational process, Gita happened.  When Naren was transformed into Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna made Gita happen.  If Gita was an intellectual pursuit, then Naren was more than equipped!  Truth is he wasn’t.  Until Ramakrishna had worked on him, Swami Vivekananda hadn’t blossomed as Arjuna had.  In that blossoming, Krishna’s Gita happens.  For, no grammar and no recitation can make or break Gita.  It is the Song of that which is manifest and that which isn’t.  It is NOT a Song that can be sung.  It is a Song that can dissolve the one who has the ability to immerse in it.

Reading is easy, for you are bigger than the word you read.  Listening is easy, for you listen what your senses can pick up.  Immersing is very tough, for it happens when you and your senses are no more.. it  dissolves your being.  In that lies the melody and the beat of the manifest and the unmanifest.  Krishna’s Gita resides there.  It is the process of being a listener.  A receiver.  Prepared for complete dissolution.  Gita happens to those who are willing to put  their entire existence on the line!  Anything less shouldn’t be worth having a Krishna as the teacher.

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24 Comments on "Bhagwad Gita is not a Message. Not a book. It is a Process."

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Simran Kaur
March 30, 2016 2:55 am

A very thoughtful and a justified write up. To make something a habit, we must learn and it’s a process. Likewise, Geeta’s preaching is not to read and know but to practice.

March 30, 2016 2:58 am

Isn’t that true about any religious book: unless it becomes a transformative process it is useless?

sreedhar bhattaram
March 30, 2016 2:59 am

Very rightly interpreted, Desh!

jyotirmoy sarkar
March 30, 2016 5:31 am

i have always seen Gita as a process, good to know about ur thought. but the problem is very less number of us try or follow the paths and the philosophy that have been shown through Gita, i must admit its very tough to do as we are very much attracted to this mundane world.

Deepti Verma
March 30, 2016 6:59 am

Rightly said, The Bhagwad Gita is a process and I feel it is also a journey where you start as a naive and understand things as you move ahead

March 30, 2016 8:56 am

Well thought. All students in a class read the same books, but follow different paths. Some may wanna cram up the text for attaining good marks while some focus on the real learning to have a positive impact on their lives. The 2nd path is indeed tough but that’s what the books are intended for. Bhagwatam is a way of life and those living it enjoy the journey instead of fretting over how far is the destination.

Deepa Gopal Sunil
March 30, 2016 11:24 am

I have heard that each time one reads the Gita, we come across a new message…extremely enlightening a process indeed! I think it stays true about all the religious texts…one just needs to open up 🙂

March 31, 2016 8:40 am

Each time you read any good poem, you will find new meaning, Deepa. Try that 🙂

March 31, 2016 8:47 pm

Beautifully done! Dear Desh, this piece of wisdom is a clear prompt to fact that everybody wants a hypothetically perfect life. But the irony is too few know this art! And these few are the ones who truly know “the process”. Indeed, the process holds true for any and every religion but the believers must enlighten themselves with the fact that merely reading a holy book does not make them pious leading a happy life, it is only possible by following the process… the process to change – that’s when the real transformation happens!

April 1, 2016 6:11 am

I am moved and want to be a part of process someday…I pray that my journey begin soon or I wonder if the journey has started or ongoing? How will I know?
Thanks for throwing a light on true meaning of Gita.

Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay
April 2, 2016 11:26 am

Brilliant! Very well articulated. Unless the inner transformation happens – unless there is an inner yajna (to use the Indic metaphor), all scriptural knowledge is merely words.