Guruji Sri Sri Ravishankarji mentioned several times to read Bhagavad Gita. We can find many article at his blog: Wisdom from Sri Sri Ravishankar. He suggested to read Bhagavad Gita on Janmashtami celebration. Recently, on 15th January 2011 at Mumbai Maha-Satsang, He suggested to complete Bhagavad Gita reading in a month. We find many versions of Bhagavad Gita. Guruji suggested to read a simple version, with just translation in your native language. We Indians should not loose our cultural root. One can opt for free email subscription for Bhagavad Gita. Daily one verse with simple meaning and pronunciation.
I thought to apply technology so everyone read Bhagavad Gita in a month. The first thing, I could think is a dedicated blog, with 30 articles, that contains Bhagavad Gita and its translation in Hindi and English. I found online version from Gita Press.
Before I start a new blog, I just Googled about it, and found, many blogs, and other resources about Bhagavad Gita. So I dropped idea to add one more “me too” kind of blog. This article is about various resources, I found on Bhagavad Gita.
Instant Bhagavad Gita
- Simple Translation from Gita Press, which was suggested by Guruji. Hindi and English
- Bhagavad Gita for busy people by Swami Sivananda (A Divine Life Society Publication)
- Summary of the Bhagavad Gita
- Introduction to Bhagavad Gita
- Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Hindi Transaltion by Kabir Panthi, Sant Rampal Das Maharaj
These are beautiful collections of Bhagavad Gita related pictures.
Gita with Commentary
- Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is
- Bhavad Gita Full commentary by swami Nirmalananda Giri
- Bhagavad Gita As It Is and As it is
- Holy Geeta : Download here simple version and download here with search
- Art of Living: DVDs on a series of talk by Sri Sri Ravishankar Click here
- "Yatharth Gita" in Gujarati
- I found few blogs on Bhagavad Gita. Few of them are not active, at present.
- Bhagavad Gita
- Gyeya : LSM's Bhagavad Gita Blog
- Bhagavad Gita Blog, by Vic DiCara
- Bhagwat Gita; Our Life - Philosophy
- This is a good site. It has audio as well. The text is all in English. Click Here
- Greatest Verses from Bhagavad Gita
- The New Bhagavad Gita : Timeless wisdom in the language of our time.
- Even I found resolution to read daily Bhagavd Gita and write a blog about it at blog Jnanagni
- Yatharth Gita (Bhagavad Gita) : Detailed explanation of Bhagavad Gita in English by Swami Adgadanand Ji Maharaj
- Yatharth Gita (Bhagavad Gita) : Detailed explanation of Bhagavad Gita by Swami Adgadanand Ji Maharaj
- Sanskrit , Hindi 1 , Hindi 2 , Gujarati , English , Spanish , French
- Chapter-wise Audio of Mool Slokas (Original Verses) of Bhagavad Gita sung by Anuradha Paudwal. Click here too.
- Gita Paath : Ramsukhdasji Maharaj
- Sanskrit, Hindi, English, Gujarati, Spanish, Arabic and French.
- Music India Online
- English Bhagavad Gita on YouTube. Click here too.
- Hindi Bhagavad Gita on YouTube
- Bhagavad Gita Recitation – Chapters 1 To 18
I found three Amazon books listing here
- God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita by Paramahansa Yogananda (Self-Realization Fellowship)
- Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation by Stephen Mitchell (Three Rivers Press).
- The Bhagavad Gita : A Walkthrough for Westerners by Jack Hawley (New World Library).
- Bhagavad-Geeta(Holy Geeta) by Chinmaya Publications and same book at Amazon
Famous Reflections on the Bhagavad Gita. Click Here
At the end let me summarize the content of Bhagavad Gita from Yahoo Answers!
Bhagavad Gita is a concise guide to Hindu theology and also as a practical, self-contained guide to life. It represents a summary of the Vedantic and Upanishadic teachings, it is also called "Veda of the Vedas" and "the Upanishad of the Upanishads".
The main philosophical subject matter of the Bhagavad Gita is the explanation of five basic concepts or "truths":
Ishvara (The Supreme Controller)
Jiva (Living beings/the individualized soul)
Dharma (Duty in accordance with Divine law)
Krishna counsels Arjuna on the greater idea of dharma, or universal harmony and duty. Krishna expounds the various Yoga processes and understanding of the true nature of the universe. Krishna describes the yogic paths of devotional service, action as a selfless service to mankind, meditation and knowledge.
Fundamentally, the Bhagavad Gita proposes that true enlightenment comes from growing beyond identification with the temporal ego, the 'False Self', the ephemeral world, so that one identifies with the truth of the immortal self, the absolute soul or Atman. Through detachment from the material sense of ego, the Yogi, or follower of a particular path of Yoga, is able to transcend his/her illusory mortality and attachment to the material world and enter the realm of the Supreme.
The Gita addresses the discord between the senses and the intuition of cosmic order. It speaks of the Yoga of equanimity, a detached outlook. The term Yoga covers a wide range of meanings, but in the context of the Bhagavad Gita, describes a unified outlook, serenity of mind, skill in action and the ability to stay attuned to the glory of the Self (Atman) and the Supreme Being (Bhagavan).
According to Krishna, the root of all suffering and discord is the agitation of the mind caused by selfish desire. The only way to douse the flame of desire is by simultaneously stilling the mind through self-discipline and engaging oneself in a higher form of activity.
Krishna summarizes the Yogas through eighteen chapters. Three yogas in particular have been emphasized by commentators:
Bhakti Yoga or Devotion,
Karma Yoga or Selfless Action
Jnana Yoga or Self Transcending Knowledge.
I hope, you will find this collection of URLs (website links) useful. I am sure, you will start reading and implementing this philosophy of Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
Jai Shri Krishna !!