Gita Pravachan (Discourse)
Gita Pravachan began on day 1 with the kindling of the auspicious lamp by Pujya Bhaishri, Swami Anubhavanand Saraswati ji and the chief host of Patotsav, Shri Vijaybhai and Shrimati Gauriben Goyal. Below are a few enlightenining topics shared by Swami Anubhavandand Saraswatiji in his discourse.
The four pillars of Gita
Just like Shri Ram Charit Manas has four modes, similarly, Gita has four pillars:
- Conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjun
- Lord Kristina and Sanjay
- Conversation between Dhitarashtra and Sanjay.
- The four attachments described in Gita.
The Result of surge in our thoughts and doubt
Before Shri Krishna sang the Gita to Arjuna, the decision of war between Kauravas and Pandavas had been made. Lord Krishna Himself had tried to deter the war unsuccessfully.
Having assessed the entire situation, Lord Krishna informed the Pandavas:
“Go, the war will start tomorrow”. The Pandavas went to sleep whilst Arjun started to think.
Remember, devotion will run away in the presence of doubts. It is important not to weaken your faith. Let go any thoughts that give rise to doubt.
So the thoughts gave rise to doubts within Arjun. A sceptical Arjun arrived in the battlefield on the first day of the war. When he then cried and raised his arguments, God rebuked him calling him impotent and cowardly.
A person is not able to control one’s random thoughts leading to detriment. A human is not distressed due to thoughts, but due to the surge and erratic flow of these thoughts. This is what happens to a person suffering from depression who is dragged in the surge of powerful thoughts.
Just like God rebuked Arjun, we must do so to our self and stop doubtful thoughts. Do not let unnecessary thoughts creep into your mind.
Bhagavad Gita in two words
If you want to summarise Gita in two words, you can say that the disease cured by it is endearment and the medicine used in Gita is equanimity.