Rama's Lectures on the Bhagavad Gita

Alice Christensen's Guru Rama was a great student of the Bhagavad Gita and in the early years of his practice used to recite the entire book every day. On one of his trips to the United States in the late 1960s he gave a series of lectures on the Gita. These were recently collected into a volume which will be excerpted here weekly.

Part 1: Introduction

Whenever a student needs some advice in the spiritual field, it is generally given by the spiritual teacher in some quiet, secluded place such as a temple, ashram, or church. Bhagavad Gita is unique in this respect. It was revealed by Lord Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra amidst the hustle and bustle and great noise of chariots, elephants, horses, bows, arrows, etc. Many feel that it was impossible for Lord Krishna to have given such spiritual advice to Arjuna under those circumstances; but he did preach Gita on the battlefield, and his words did have the desired effect on Arjuna.

What is Gita? It is transformation. In the beginning of Gita we see Arjuna in tears, unwilling to participate in the battle which would result in the death and destruction of his kith and kin. He throws away his bow and arrows and declares, "I will not fight." Lord Krishna then reveals Bhagavad Gita to him. At the end of Gita we find Arjuna in a different state. He is completely transformed. He now picks up his bow and arrows and declares, "I am now free from delusion. I am on my senses now. By your grace, there are no doubts in my mind at all. I will act as per your advice." That is transformation and that is Gita.

The world is a constant arena or battlefield. We are all the time on the battlefield. All sorts of thoughts, currents, and countercurrents are attacking us on the physical, mental, and causal planes. We have to be ready to face the attacks of unrighteous deeds, lust, greed, anger, etc. We can be successful in our battle if we have the blessings of a Guru and the grace of God. Hence it is imperative that we purify ourselves, control our mind and sense organs through austerities, grace of Guru and God.

May Lord Krishna shower the nectar of Gita on you.

Om Ananda Om

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