The Bhagvad Gita Famous Reflections from Famous World Personalities


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।