I am starting a fresh reading of The Bhagavad Gita – Song of the Lord. Since I have taken leave of my Facebook account, I am going to blog my reflections while re-reading The Bhagavad Gita here at this Google Blogger site.
My Bhagavad Gita of choice is the Bantam Classics paper back edition of Barbara Stoller Miller’s, “The Bhagavad Gita – Krishna’s Counsel in Time of War.” There are several reasons of how and I came to choose this particular edition. First and foremost how slim it is. The paper back edition has 168 pages, including front and back cover pages. It slips easily into my pockets, hardly noticeable, and does not take up valuable space in my briefcase or backpack when I am travelling. It’s in English, the language I am most comfortable in. It’s available as a Kindle book so I can take advantage of all Kindle features, especially highlighting and note taking within the app. And because its Kindle I can read it even on my SmartPhone. Most importantly it is clear and lucid. There is no clutter or commentary. Just the pure and simple words of Lord Krishna.
Many of you are familiar with my commentary style. However, for the sake of new comers I wish to explain that my comments are entered from the first person view point as I desire to see and understand the Gita as it unfolds everyday in my life and the light it throws on my past experiences. If you wish to add or comment on my entires please do so from your personal experience of reading and understanding the Song of the Lord.
When watching a Bengali TV series about Sri Ramakrishna I came across an episode in which Sri makes an observation that one of his attendees, Latu , is always crying when standing before him. Sri Ramakrishna wonders aloud if anyone knows why Latu always weeps so openly in his sight. Latu, who also over hears the Master, Shri Ramakrishna, says it his love for the Master. Sri Ramakrishna then comments just like Sri Radha always appears to be crying for Lord Krishna. Later Latu became Swami Adbhutananda, one of rhe first disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. I refer to this incident here just as I begin a new reading because I find that love and devotion (bhakti) draws me back again and again to The Bhagavad Gita – Song of the Lord.
You probably have your own reason for sticking around, reading, discussing, commenting on The Bhagavad Gita whether it is to find peace or discover enlightenment. I wish for you to remember that Lord Krishna himself says in The Bhagvad Gita that if you remember or recall him just once in your life, then he will always be there for you.
Thank you for joining me in the reading and study of The Bhagavad Gita. May you forever find solace in the Song of the Lord.