If we take all the confirmed knowledge of the world, it is called the ‘Veda’. One can understand the verified and distilled knowledge of this world and worlds unknown to us by experimental knowledge or by receiving the Vedic knowledge in an ancient tradition.
Experimental knowledge may take time, money and energy to reach the facts or truths of life existence. But, it is easy to know all the secrets of life if we approach a bonafide Vedic Sampradaya or Parampara. While experimental knowledge keeps improving and finetuning its theories or knowledge, Vedic knowledge remains firmly fixed despite the passing of millenniums.
Experimental knowledge or scientific knowledge found some truths of this world, particularly in the field of improving the comforts for the body. For example, we found mobiles, airplanes, vehicles, etc., to strengthen our pleasures in the areas of communication and transport.
While, indeed, these discoveries are laudable, the world has many different kinds of global issues: Environmental issues, pollution, lack of nutrition, climate change, etc. But, scientists admit that they do not have a solution for the root cause of all these global issues. One well-known scientist says as below:
“All the global problems that we face today are because of selfishness, greed, apathy, anger, etc. But, as of now, no scientist could find solutions to these life problems.”
While scientific knowledge improved our comforts, made more and more gadgets, manipulated material nature to our advantage, the domain of progress remained limited to matter. Where is the development in the field of life? Where are the solutions for life’s issues of lack of satisfaction, extreme selfishness, greed, anger, pride, etc.?
The Bhagavad Gita is the highest science of life that addresses these forces of mind, namely lust (selfish enjoyment), greed, anger, etc. The Gita frankly informs the humanity that these three degrades a person:
(There are three gates leading to this hell – lust, anger, and greed. Every sane man should give these up, for they lead to the degradation of the soul).
The Bhagavad Gita explains about life or soul elaborately. It describes how a person/soul degrades and also gives excellent instructions on how a person can take steps to not deteriorate or entangle in this world.
We all know that life is superior to matter. A scientist, a living being, is superior to matter. Hence, he can discover many beautiful things from matter. The Bhagavad Gita brings in the clear distinction between matter and spirit soul. It emphatically declares that we are not the matter but spirit souls. We (spirit souls) are much superior to our material body but stuck inside the body.
If a soul or the real person degrades, then the scientific discoveries/theories will be used to degrade the world also. And create global issues like climate change, and pollution. Under the current global situation of pollution, hunger, lack of nutrition, increase of diseases, lack of satisfaction in all spheres of life, and lack of peace, the world should seriously look at the Bhagavad Gita for solutions.
By controlling these base tendencies like greed, anger and uncontrolled lust, the Bhagavad Gita can help people find satisfaction, peace and happiness. If a person is greedy, even if he gets the whole world under his control, he will remain unsatisfied. But, if one knows the technique of being satisfied, then, he can be happy by running a rickshaw also. We can see a whole family happily pushing a thela (a pushcart).
The secret of satisfaction is to know that a person is not a product or matter of this world. The Bhagavad Gita explains the real nature of all of us. We are all spirit souls who came from the spiritual world to this world as travellers and lost our way. The Gita explains the science of advancing the soul and not to get degraded by forces like greed and anger.
Imagine all people of the world are satisfied with whatever is available to them easily. The whole world will be happy. No one will break any of the laws of God or nature because of lust, greed, or anger. Imagine everyone helps others, shows sympathy, does charity, etc.! The world will not be a place of miseries!
Let us start reading the Bhagavad Gita from this auspicious day of ‘Gita Jayanthi’, the appearance of the Bhagavad Gita. Let us keep aside all doubts, illusions, and inhibitions about reading the scripture. Let us keep aside the forces that are stopping us from creating a peaceful world by reading the Bhagavad Gita regularly. May Lord bless us all with the strength and power to understand His instructions in the form of the Bhagavad Gita. Om Sat Tat.