Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address at release of Manuscript on shlokas of Srimad Bhagavad Gita

  • Today, we are releasing 11 editions that bring together 20 interpretations of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
  • I respectfully salute all the scholars and others for their efforts behind this sacramental work and congratulate them.
  • You have done a great job of making such a huge repository of knowledge accessible to today’s youth and for generations to come.
  • I particularly congratulate Dr. Karan Singh ji, under whose guidance, this project has been realized.
  • Whenever I meet him, a stream of knowledge and culture flows through him. Rarely do you find such people.
  • Today is also a very auspicious occasion that it is Karan Singh ji’s birthday and it is a kind of his cultural journey of 90 years.
  • I congratulate him wholeheartedly. I wish you a long life and good health. The influence of Dr. Karan Singh ji’s work on Indian philosophy and his devotion to this holy service is vividly reflected on Indian education.
  • Your effort has also revived the identity of Jammu-Kashmir, which has led the thought tradition of the entire India for centuries.
  • Countless scholars, including Bhatt Bhaskar, Abhinavagupta and Anandvardhan from Kashmir, have unraveled the mysteries of the Gita to us.
  • Today, that great tradition is once again getting ready to enrich the culture of the country. It is a matter of pride for Kashmir as well as for the entire country.
  • Friends, Different interpretations of every verse of a single scripture and the expression of so many mystics symbolize the depth of the Gita on which thousands of scholars have dedicated their entire life.
  • It is also a symbol of India’s ideological freedom and tolerance, which motivates every person to have his own viewpoint.
  • For some, the Gita is the volume of knowledge, for others it is the scripture of ‘samkhya’, it is the source of yoga for some, whereas it is the lessons of karma for others.
  • Now, when I look at the Gita, it is like a transcendental form that we find in the 11th chapter मम देहे गुडाकेश यच्च अन्यत् द्रष्टुम इच्छसि।
  • Friends, The cosmic form of the Gita has guided our nation in every period, from the Mahabharata to the struggle of independence.
  • You see, Adi Shankaracharya, who united India, saw the Gita as a spiritual consciousness. Saints like Ramanujacharya interpreted the Gita as an expression of spiritual knowledge.
  • For Swami Vivekananda ji, Gita has been a source of unwavering diligence and indomitable confidence. For Sri Aurobindo, the Gita was a true embodiment of knowledge and humanity.