Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address at the launch of e-version of Swami Chidbhavananda Ji’s Bhagvad Gita

  • This is a unique programme. An e-book of the Gita with commentary of Swami Chidbhavananda Ji is being launched.
  • I would like to appreciate all those who have worked on this. Thanks to this effort, traditions and technology have merged.
  • E-books are becoming very popular specially, among the youth. Therefore, this effort will connect more youngsters with the noble thoughts of the Gita.
  • Friends, This e-book will also deepen the connect between the eternal Gita and the glorious Tamil culture.
  • The vibrant Tamil diaspora spread globally will be able to read it easily. The Tamil diaspora has scaled new heights of success in many sectors.
  • Yet, they are proud of their cultural roots. They carry with them the greatness of Tamil culture wherever they went.
  • Friends, I would like to pay homage to Swami Chidbhavananda Ji. Mind, body, heart and soul, his was a life devoted to India’s regeneration.
  • He planned to study abroad but destiny had different plans for him. One book he saw at a roadside bookseller “Swami Vivekananda’s Madras lectures” changed the course of his life.
  • It inspired him to put the nation above everything else and serve the people. In the Gita, Shri Krishna says:
  • यद्य यद्य आचरति श्रेष्ठ: तत्त तत्त एव इतरे जनः। सयत् प्रमाणम कुरुते लोक: तद अनु वर्तते।।
  • This means, whatever great men do, many are also inspired by them to follow. On one hand, Swami Chidbhavananda Ji was inspired by Swami Vivekananda. On the other hand, he went on to inspire the world with his noble deeds.
  • The Shri Ramakrishna Tapovanam Ashram has been carrying forward the noble work of Swami Chidbhavananda Ji. They are doing commendable work in community service, healthcare and education.
  • I would like to appreciate the Shri Ramakrishna Tapovanam Ashram and wish them the best for their future endeavours.
  • Friends, The beauty of the Gita is in its depth, diversity and flexibility. Acharya Vinoba Bhave described the Gita as a Mother who would take him in her lap if he stumbled.
  • Greats like Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak, Mahakavi Subramania Bharathi were inspired by the Gita. The Gita makes us think. It inspires us to question. It encourages debate.
  • The Gita keeps our mind open. Anybody who is inspired by the Gita will always be compassionate by nature and democratic in temperament.