2018 GITA JAYANTI 5120 BIRTHDAY: How To Properly Observe?
Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das
To celebrate the advent of the immortal song of surrender, devotion and perfection in bhakti, one should worship Bhagavan Sri Krishna in His eternal form as the Bhagavad Gita as follows:
** Place the Holy Scripture on a decorative cloth or asana on your altar or some other dedicated area. Then…
- Perform acamana (offer all articles below to grantha Sri Bhagavad-gita)
- Offer Tulasi manjaris with sandalwood paste
- Offer fragrant flower garland
- Offer milk sweet with Tulasi leaf
- Offer arotika (incense, ghee lamp, conch water)
- Do parikrama of Gita book
- Glorify Gita with prayers
- Chant each Gita sloka
- Conclusion of 18 chapters, offer dandavats to Gita, Bhagavan Sri Krsna, Arjuna, Sanjaya & Sri Gurudeva, begging them to accept your Gita jayanti puja.
- Also try to read or hear the Padma Purana “Gita Mahatmya” chapter which describes a lila and the benefits of chanting each chapter of Gita.
***NOTE: As suggested in # 7. One can chant the following prayers penned by Sripad Adi Shankaracharya and taken from the BBT Bhagavad-gita As It Is Introduction:
1 gita adhyaana-shilasya, pranayama-paraasya cha
naiva santi he paapani, purva janme kritani cha
If one reads Bhagavad-gita very sincerely and with all seriousness, then by the grace of Krsna, the reactions of his past misdeeds will not act upon him.
2 mala nirmochanam pumsam, jala snanam dine dine
sakrid gitambhaasi snanam, samsara mala nashanam
One may cleanse himself daily by taking a bath in water, but if one takes a bath even once in the sacred Ganges water of Bhagavad-gita, for him the dirt of material life is altogether vanquished.
3 gita sugita kartavya, kim anyaih shastra vistaraih
ya svyam padama nabhaayasa, mukha padmad vinih srita
Because Bhagavad-gita is spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one need not read any other Vedic literature. One need only attentively and regularly hear and read Bhagavad-gita
4 bharat amrita sarvasam vishnor vaktrad vini sritam
gita gangodakam pitva punar janma na vidyate
One who drinks the Ganges water attains salvation, so what to speak of one who drinks the nectar of Bhagavad-gita? Gita is the essential nectar of Mahabharata and is spoken by Krsna Himself, the original Visnu.
5 sarvo panishado gavo dogdha gopala nandanah
partho vatsah sudhir bhokta dugdham gita amritam mahat
This Gitopanishad is just like a cow and Krsna is a famous cowherd boy, who is milking this cow. Arjuna is just like a calf and learned scholars and pure devotees are to drink the nectarean milk of Bhagavad-gita.
6 ekam sastram devaki-putra-gitam eko devo devaki-putra eva
eko mantras tasya namani yani karmapy ekam tasya devasya seva
Let there be one common scripture for the whole world—Bhagavad-Gita. Let there be one God only—Sri Krsna; and one prayer only—chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra; and let there be one work only—Krishna bhakti.
Gita Jayanti ki jai! Srimad Bhagavad-gita ki jai! Jaya Jaya Sri Radhe!
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