Friday December 15, 2017

Gita Jayanti Special: Ten quotes on ‘Dharma’ from Bhagavad Gita


By Nithin Sridhar

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important spiritual and religious texts of Hinduism. Its significance lies in the fact that it contains the direct teachings of Lord Krishna, who is considered as the Poorna-Avatara (Complete Incarnation) of Brahman (God). From ancient Hindu masters like Adi Shankaracharya to modern Hindu mystics like Sri Aurobindo, all of them have written detailed commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita.

Hindus believe that it was on the Sukla Ekadashi (11th day in the bright fortnight) of Margashira month that Lord Krishna imparted the teachings about Dharma and Moksha to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra and the day is celebrated as ‘Gita Jayanti. This year, ‘Gita Jayanti’ has fallen on December 21, i.e. today.

Here are the ten quotes from Bhagavad Gita on ‘Dharma’ (righteousness/duty) and human actions:

  1. सुखदुःखे समे कृत्वा लाभालाभौ जयाजयौ। ततो युद्धाय युज्यस्व नैवं पापमवाप्स्यसि ।।2.38।।

Treating happiness and sorrow, gain and loss, and victory and defeat with equanimity, engage in battle. Thus, you will not incur sin.

(‘Sin’ here refers to the abandonment of duties as well as bondage to actions)

  1. नेहाभिक्रमनाशोऽस्ति प्रत्यवायो न विद्यते। स्वल्पमप्यस्य धर्मस्य त्रायते महतो भयात्।।2.40।।

Here (in the path of Karma-Yoga i.e. Yoga of actions) there is no waste of an attempt; nor is there (any) harm. Even a little of this righteousness/duties saves (one) from great fear.

(One should strive to adhere to Dharma to the best of one’s abilities, for even a little performance of Dharma gives great merits.)

  1. कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन। मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि।।2.47।।

Your entitlement is only towards the actions (you perform) and never towards the fruits (of those actions). Do not become an agent for the fruits of action (i.e. Do not perform actions with attachment to the fruits as it results in sorrow and bondage). May you not have any inclination towards inaction.

(One must neither perform actions with hankering for results, nor incline towards inaction because he has no entitlement towards the result. Instead, one should perform actions with a sense of duty and surrendering the fruits to the will of God)

  1. श्रेयान्स्वधर्मो विगुणः परधर्मात्स्वनुष्ठितात्। स्वधर्म निधनं श्रेयः परधर्मो भयावह: ।।3.35।।

One’s own (material and spiritual) duty (as stipulated in the Hindu Scriptures according to one’s temperament and station in life), though defectively performed is superior to the good performance of another person’s duty. Death is better while engaged in one’s own duty; another’s duty is fraught with fear (because abandoning one’s responsibilities due to the desire for another’s privilege is Adharma).

  1. यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत। अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदाऽऽत्मानं सृजाम्यहम्।। परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम्। धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय संभवामि युगे युगे।।4.7-8।।

O scion of the Bharata dynasty, whenever there is a decline of righteousness (Dharma) and an increase of vice (Adharma), then do I manifest Myself. For the protection of the pious, the destruction of the evildoers, and establishing Dharma, I manifest Myself in every age (i.e. Brahman itself will manifest in every age to uphold Dharma and destroy Adharma).

  1. अपि चेत्सुदुराचारो भजते मामनन्यभाक्। साधुरेव स मन्तव्यः सम्यग्व्यवसितो हि सः।। क्षिप्रं भवति धर्मात्मा शश्वच्छान्तिं निगच्छति।कौन्तेय प्रतिजानीहि न मे भक्तः प्रणश्यति ।।9.30-31।।

Even if a man of very bad conduct worships Me (i.e. Brahman/God) with one-pointed devotion, he is to be considered verily good; for he has resolved rightly. He soon becomes possessed of a virtuous mind; he attains everlasting peace. O Arjuna, proclaim thou for certain that My devotee never gets ruined.

(Even a great sinner or person of bad conduct can rectify his mistakes by practicing the devotion and righteous actions)

  1. त्रिविधं नरकस्येदं द्वारं नाशनमात्मनः। कामः क्रोधस्तथा लोभस्तस्मादेतत्त्रयं त्यजेत्।।16.21।।

This door of hell, which is the destroyer of the soul, is of three kinds-passion/lust, anger, and greed. Therefore, one should forsake these three.

(Passion, anger, and greed delude people’s mind and impel them to commit Adharmic/unrighteous actions that result in sorrow.)

  1. तस्माच्छास्त्रं प्रमाणं ते कार्याकार्यव्यवस्थितौ। ज्ञात्वा शास्त्रविधानोक्तं कर्म कर्तुमिहार्हसि।।16.24।।

Therefore, the (Hindu/Vedic) scripture is your authority as regards the determination of what is to be done and what is not to be done. After understanding (your) duty as presented by scriptural injunction, you ought to perform (your duty) here.

(One must determine one’s personal duties/Svadharma by using the general principles of common and special duties prescribed in various Dharmic scriptures like Vedas, Dharmasutras, Smritis, etc.)

  1. मन्मना भव मद्भक्तो मद्याजी मां नमस्कुरु। मामेवैष्यसि सत्यं ते प्रतिजाने प्रियोऽसि मे।।18.65।।

Fix your mind on Me (i.e. Brahman/God), practice Bhakti towards Me, be engaged in sacrifices (Yajnas) to Me and worship Me (Brahman/God) by salutations. (Thus) you will come to Me alone (i.e. you will attain Moksha/liberation). (This) truth do I promise to you. (For) You are dear to Me.

(One can attain Brahman by being completely devoted to Brahman)

  1. सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज। अहं त्वा सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुचः।।18.66।।

Abandoning all forms of rites and duties, take refuge in Me (Brahman/God) alone. I shall free you from all sins. (Therefore) do not grieve.

(One should overcome all desires and renounce all worldly duties and dedicate themselves completely to Brahman, thus attaining oneness with Brahman and becoming free from sins.)

(With inputs from English Translation of Bhagavad Gita by Swami Gambirananda)


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Hindu Epic Mahabharata Offers Answers to Psychiatric Issues: India Medical Association (IMA) President

Indian Medical Association (IMA) president Dr. KK Aggarwal said Lord Krishna was the first and the most celebrated counselor.

Lord Krishna
Lord Krishna delivering his teachings in Mahabharata. Wikimedia Commons
  • Dr. KK Aggarwal says that Lord Krishna in the true sense was the first and the most celebrated counselor in the most revered Hindu text called as Mahabharata
  • He talks at large about the teachings of Lord Krishna in his write-up titled “Psychotherapy in the time of the Vedas”
  • Many celebrities and research scholars have come up and talked about the mental health awareness and issues related to it in various public forums

New Delhi, July 28, 2017: The Hindu epic Mahabharata is a source pointing back to earliest findings of psychiatric dimensions and offers many answers, says Dr. KK Aggarwal, President of India Medical Association (IMA).

“Lord Krishna was the first and the most celebrated counselor in the history of events”, quotes Dr. KK Aggarwal in his write-up for The Equator Line magazine’s latest issue ‘Cobwebs Inside Us’, which deals with mental health. It mentions how a brilliant warrior once overcame his dilemma and conquered the infamous battle of Mahabharata, with the help of the teachings of Lord Krishna. His teachings are all accumulated in the 700 verses worth of scripture, popularly known as Bhagavad Gita.


At a time when there were no psych drugs or mental-health professionals, the Sanskrit epic seems to have offered a few answers to ancient Indians, he says in his write-up titled “Psychotherapy in the time of the Vedas”.

According to Dr. KK Aggarwal during the times of Vedic institutions, the antidepressants did not exist but it was a time when “bucolic environment – woods running along the river banks, deer prancing around, peacocks strutting close to the courtyard – had its own way of healing the bruised mind”.

He further commented on the medical treatments in today’s time differ from people to people, there is an assortment of drugs that nourishes the mental health; but during the ancient time, the Vedic approach to mental health was focused on controlling the mind, intellect, and ego.

“Lord Shiva presents a very Vedic way of anger management. Whenever you are filled with resentment, store the negative thoughts in your throat. After some time, think about the issue at hand with a cool mind,” he writes.

In the article ‘Of the mind and its maladies’, AIIMS psychiatrists Dr Rajesh Sagar and Dr Ananya Mahapatra write: “The future demands scaling up of a wide variety of interventions, ranging from public awareness, early identification, treatment of acute illness, family education, long-term care, rehabilitation, reintegration into society, ensuring of human rights of the ill persons, and efforts to reduce the prevalent stigma and discrimination against these patients.”

Among other contributors to the edition- psychiatrist Dr. Sanjay Chugh, former G B Pant Hospital CMO Dr. Reshma Hingorani, psychologist Pallav Bonerjee and Bollywood scriptwriter Sumeet Panigrahi.

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Outsourcing Lectures of Hindu Holy Text Bhagavad Gita on Indian Diaspora in Jamaica (NYC)

Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita, Wikimedia

New Delhi, May 6, 2017: The Bhagavad-gita is a discussion between Arjuna, a powerfully talented warrior going into a fight, and Krishna, his charioteer. Over the span of addressing Arjuna all way of otherworldly and material counsel, Krishna clarifies karma, the self, the Supreme Self, the motivation behind yoga, the contrast between our self and our material body, how our condition influences our awareness, and how to accomplish the flawlessness of life.

The Gita shows up as a focal part of the Mahabharata, the historical backdrop of more noteworthy India. It is the quintessence of Vedic information and a standout amongst the most critical books of Vedic writing.

Shrimad Bhavagad Gita Lecture and Discussion by Swami Aksharananda is going to be held on 26-28 May at Shri Surya Narayan Mandir, 92-17 172nd Street, Jamaica, NY 11433.

– by staff writer at NewsGram

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A scandalous Pastor in US defames Bhagavad Gita as ‘Demonic’

Pastor Steven Anderson, a scandalous American Fundamentalist parson of the 'Faithful Word Baptist Church’ is a conniver in condescending ‘Hinduism’ the oldest religion in the world, – Demonic and not only did he vilifies the creed of Hindus but labeled the Lord of Hinduism as the Satan.

Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita, Wikimedia

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A notorious American Fundamentalist preacher named Steven Anderson of the ‘Faithful Word Baptist Church’ in Arizona arrived in Trinidad with the utter rationale to pester the Hindu Community. This man has brazenly blasphemed Lord Krishna as “Satan” and vilified both the Bhagavad Gita in particular and Hinduism in a broad-spectrum.

The church has also been designated as an Anti-gay hate group. Anderson once cited that homosexuals, if judged according to the Law of Moses, should be put to death. Further examples of his violence are a number of confrontations with police in several states in which he was the aggressor.

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In August 2009, the church received nationwide attention when Anderson stated in a sermon that he was praying for the death of then-President Barack Obama.


Extracts from one of his addressing…”Hindus are tough to reach, but it is possible. I ran into several people down in Guyana, including Pastor Ram Angad, who were raised Hindu but ended up getting saved. Hindus need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They need to be told that it’s Heaven or Hell, not reincarnation. They need to realize that Jesus Christ is the one true God and put their faith in him alone for salvation.”

According to the Baptist Church Pastor, Hinduism has been the cause of stagnancies in India and it hauls people down. It edifies that whatever station is one born into, he or she is fated to be stuck there perpetually. There are about one billion Hindus in India, and the entire race is on their way to hell. Almost one out of 7 people in the world subscribe to Hinduism which the preacher calls a bogus creed.

Shiva (God of snakes) is believed to be the lord of the universe, sometimes also known as the creator, transformer, and protector of the universe. One of the factions amongst the followers of Lord Shiva’s is the ones betrothed in Postmortem rituals – known as ‘the Aghoris’. Many of the Aghoris stroll around naked representing their true human form detaching themselves from the mortals; through this, they surpass the feelings of love, hatred, jealousy and pride.

…“that’s savage, that’s uncivilized, that’s demonic, that’s wicked”,  Anderson maligned the Aghoris while addressing to the public at Baptist Church.

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The Hindus worship idols of their choice and visit the temple to display the devotion and offer prayer to their god. This man nevertheless condemns Idol worshipping in Hinduism as synonymous to worshipping of devils, saying that worshiping idols made out of silver, gold, copper is a gesture of worshipping the devil.

What bothers him is the hybridization of Hinduism sacred customs with Christianity, for instance, Yoga has now been adopted by many western countries and the sacred syllable ‘OM’ is enchanted universally. Fencing the traditions of Hindus, Steven apprised that any assertion with Hinduism will pave a way towards the gateway to hell.


Bhagavad Gita, a narrative form of discourse between Arjuna, a Pandava prince and Krishna, his mentor and charioteer written in Sanskrit illuminate people about the conception of Dharma, Bhakti, Karma and Yogic ideals.

Reincarnation, the precept of Indian credence is that the soul (Atman) is reborn in a new body time and time again to grow and mature through all the experiences human life has to offer. A soul will learn new things each moment in time and work through its karma. Eventually, every soul reaches salvation by realizing its oneness with god and is no longer reborn. For the Hindus do not believe in Satan or eternal hell.

…“Death doesn’t matter, so killing isn’t a big deal. (It’s just like changing clothes)“ – the elucidation by the conspiring Pastor running down reincarnation as stated by Bhagwat Geeta.

Self Realization (Atma-jnana), in Hindu religion, is the acquaintance with the true self beyond the materialistic pleasures and ego recognition. Hinduism describes the self as the indweller of the body – he is the seer, the perceiver, the enjoyer, the witness and the lord of all the organs of the body. The body cannot survive without its conscious self.

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…”You can’t be the god or merge with god, this is a satanic teaching. Lucifer, who tried to be the highest, was a demon indeed. Men do not merge with god, that’s blasphemous.” – an added vilification of the conniver.

Karma is the terminology of Hinduism which explicates a system where positive effects are consequential out of the past good deeds and harmful effects are derived from past bad deeds thus crafting a system of actions and reactions throughout a soul’s reincarnated lives. Hindus produces Karma in four ways, through thoughts, through right attitude words, through actions and through others who work under our instruction.

…”Karma gives you the false hope that if you do good deeds, you will not be damned” – repudiation by Pastor on Karma.

Hinduism vs Christianity – An Irrational endeavor

The sole intention of the Baptist Church preacher is to draw parallelism with Christianity as against other religions, and Hinduism to be more specific. The scandalous member of the clergy has started a YouTube series where he is thriving people to detach from Hinduism calling the oldest religion in the world fallacious. Not only did he blaspheme Bhagavad Gita, but also condemned Hindu rituals and practices stating them as the superfluous sacraments.

There can be no parallel drawn between Hinduism and Christianity or any other religions for that matter. Every faction of the world has peculiar beliefs systems and creed, albeit forcing people to transform to a different religion is a sinful act. Hinduism does not edify violence, poverty, blasphemy, hatred – unless the man interprets the sagacity of holy texts with cynicism.

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The pastor claims from this that the ‘snake,’ ‘god of death’ and born among ‘demons’ here are indistinguishable to Satan in Christian legends and thus Lord Krishna is identical with Jehovah, the devil himself. The predicament with the preaching of the pastor is that he is propagating lose and selective paraphrasing and not the actual text. It seems rather duplicitous to assail the Bhagwat Geet for what it is not really teaching.

WATCH: The Truth about Hinduism

Pastor Anderson of the Baptist Church of Tempe, Arizona has called the Hinduism as the demonic religion. The documentary is a vilification of the religion.

– By Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

3 responses to “A scandalous Pastor in US defames Bhagavad Gita as ‘Demonic’”

  1. Ha ha ha
    Hinduism IS not only Satanic, it’s stupid!
    The author of this nonsense also misused the word “scandal”.
    Pastor Steven Anderson has never been involved in a scandal. Pastor Anderson being anti Sodomy is not a scandal. He hasn’t denied believing that way in the subject nor is it wrong to believe that way.

    All normal people are repulsed by that filthy feces eating developed behavior just as normal people think that worshipping to a multi armed female god is stupid.

  2. Satanic is That Which Encashes on The Blood of Tortured, Nailed, Crucification of Jesus. He, Jesus Sacrifices to Change the Mindset of Barbarians, but Alas! These fraud Christian Pastors Make Money & livelihood Saying, You Do Sins and Jesus Blood will Cleanse you, Pathetic Aphorism.

    Now who is Satanic, The One who Sells Sacrifce of Jesus & Beg money from followers or The One who Advices to Kill These kind of Persons & Save The innocent.

  3. How dare he say that that book is “Demonic”! Just look at this verse from the Hindu book… Among the Daitya demons I am the devoted Prahlada; among subduers I am time; among the beasts I am the lion, and among birds I am Garuda, the feathered carrier of Visnu.