The Bhagvad Gita Famous Reflections from Famous World Personalities


Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist and director of the Manhattan Project, learned Sanskrit in 1933 and read the Bhagavad Gita in the original form, citing it later as one of the most influential books to shape his philosophy of life.

Mahatma Gandhi put into practice teachings from the Gita in his own moral and political actions. Gandhi often thought about the nature of moral and political action through his reading of the Bhagavad-Gita.

Albert Einstein read Gita and praised it, but he didn't practice devotional service.

"The reader is nowhere raised into and sustained in a bigger, purer or rarer region of thought than in the Bhagavad Gita" - Henry David Thoreau

"I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad Geeta. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad Geeta and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The marvel of the Bhagavad Geeta is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion." - Herman Hesse

"The Bhagavad Geeta is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity." - Aldous Huxley

"The idea that man is like unto an inverted tree seems to have been current in by gone ages. The link with Vedic conceptions is provided by Plato in his Timaeus in which it states 'behold we are not an earthly but a heavenly plant.' This correlation can be discerned by what Krishna expresses in chapter 15 of Bhagavad Geeta." - Carl Jung

"The Bhagavad Geeta has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions." - Dr. Albert Schweitzer

"In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Geeta, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial." - Henry David Thoreau

"The religion and philosophy of the Hebrews are those of a wilder and ruder tribe, wanting the civility and intellectual refinements and subtlety of Vedic culture." - Henry David Thoreau

"In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life -- it will be the solace of my death." -- Arthur Schopenhauer

"The most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue ... perhaps the deepest and loftiest thing the world has to show." --Wilhelm von Humboldt

"The writers of the Indian philosophies will survive, when the British dominion in India shall long have ceased to exist, and when the sources which it yielded of wealth and power are lost to remembrances." --Lord Warren Hastings


"So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.

"Land of religions, cradle of human race, birthplace of human speech, grandmother of legend, great grandmother of tradition. The land that all men desire to see and having seen once even by a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the globe combined." --Mark Twain


Bhagavad Gita was Swami Vivekananda's lifelong companion. In 1888, Vivekananda began his journey as a wandering monk. Between 1888 to 1893, he travelled to many Indian states and went to almost all parts of the country.


1915: Srimad Bhagavad Gita Rahasya, popularly also known as Gita Rahasya or Karmayog Shashtra, is authored by Indian social reformer and independence activist Bal Gangadhar Tilak in 1915.

During India's freedom movement, Vinoba was imprisoned in Dhule jail (18th Jan to 14th July 1932) in Maharashtra, the fellow prisoners in the jail requested Vinoba to give talks on Bhagavad-Gita. Vinoba delivered the talks in Marathi language on every Sunday (21st Feb 1932 to 19th June 1932). Even the prison officials attended the discourses. Sane Guruji, a freedom fighter and renowned Marathi writer in the prison took down the discourses word by word, which were later published as "Geeta Pravachane" in Marathi and later translated in many languages.
If Bhagat Singh was an atheist, why was he reading the Bhagavad Gita during his final days?



Following people are necessarily should read bhagawat gita.
1.The young- How to live life
2.The old- To know how to die
3.The ignorant- For wisdom
4.The learned- For humility
5. The rich- For compassion
6. The dreamer- For enchanment
7. The practical- For counsel
8.The weak- For strength
9.The strength- For direction
10.The humble- For exaltation
11.The weary- For rest
12.The troubled- For peace
13.The doubting- For assurance
14. The sinner- For salvation
15.The seeker- For moksha
16.The human- For guidance

The Bhagavad Gita with Commentaries of Ramanuja, Madhva, Shankara and Others.
Famous Reflections on the Bhagavad Gita
Albert Einstein: 
When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe
everything else seems so superfluous.


Mahatma Gandhi: 
When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not
one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I
immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita
will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day.

Henry David Thoreau: 
In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal
philosophy of the Bhagavad-gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem
puny and trivial.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer: 
The Bhagavad-Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its
devotion to God which is manifested by actions.



Sri Aurobindo: 
The Bhagavad-Gita is a true scripture of the human race a living creation rather than
a book, with a new message for every age and a new meaning for every civilization.



Carl Jung: 
The idea that man is like unto an inverted tree seems to have been current in by gone
ages. The link with Vedic conceptions is provided by Plato in his Timaeus in which it states..."
behold we are not an earthly but a heavenly plant." This correlation can be discerned by what
Krishna expresses in chapter 15 of Bhagavad-Gita.



Herman Hesse: 
The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom
which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.



Ralph Waldo Emerson: 
I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-gita. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of
an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same
questions which exercise us.


Rudolph Steiner: 
In order to approach a creation as sublime as the Bhagavad-Gita with full
understanding it is necessary to attune our soul to it.



Adi Shankara: 
From a clear knowledge of the Bhagavad-Gita all the goals of human existence
become fulfilled. Bhagavad-Gita is the manifest quintessence of all the teachings of the Vedic
scriptures.



Aldous Huxley: 
The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of
endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial
philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.
Ramanuja: 
The Bhagavad-Gita was spoken by Lord Krishna to reveal the science of devotion to
God which is the essence of all spiritual knowledge. The Supreme Lord Krishna's primary purpose
for descending and incarnating is relieve the world of any demoniac and negative, undesirable
influences that are opposed to spiritual development, yet simultaneously it is His incomparable
intention to be perpetually within reach of all humanity.



Madhvacarya: 
The Mahabharata has all the essential ingredients necessary to evolve and protect
humanity and that within it the Bhagavad-Gita is the epitome of the Mahabharata just as ghee is.

Oppen Heimer :
As he witnessed the first detonation of a nuclear weapon on July 16, 1945, a piece of Hindu scripture ran through the mind of Robert Oppenheimer: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds”. It is, perhaps, the most well-known line from the Bhagavad-Gita, but also the most misunderstood.
 कालोऽस्मि लोकक्षयकृत्प्रवृद्धोलोकान्समाहर्तुमिह प्रवृत्तः ।
ऋतेऽपि त्वांनभविष्यन्तिसर्वे येऽवस्थिताः प्रत्यनीकेषुयोधाः ॥(३२)
Chapter 11.



तिलक ने गीतारहस्य लिखी ही इसलिए थी कि वह मान नहीं पा रहे थे कि गीता जैसा ग्रन्थ केवल मोक्ष की ओर ले जाता है। उसमें केवल संसार छोड़ देने की अपील है। वह तो कर्म को केंद्र में लाना चाहते थे। वही शायद उस समय की मांग थी। जब देश गुलाम हो, तब आप अपने लोगों से मोक्ष की बात नहीं कर सकते। उन्हें तो कर्म में लगाना होता है। वही तिलक ने किया।


Annie Besant :
Hints on the Study of the Bhagavad Gita
by Annie Besant


Gyaneshvar :
इस ग्रंथमें महाराष्ट्रके प्रसिद्ध संत ज्ञानेश्वरके द्वारा प्रणीत गीताकी टीकाके साथ उसकी श्रीगुलाबरावकृत विशद व्याख्या दी गई है।