Gandhi and the Gita – Dr. Uma Majmudar

Sunday, October 12, 2014

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GandiNo other book or scripture influenced Gandhi, shaped his character, and transformed his life as profoundly and permanently as did the Bhagavad Gita. Among the many books he read, the “Gita” alone became his constant companion; it proved to be his unfailing source of solace, his “spiritual reference book” in everyday life.

In this talk, we examine: why Gandhi esteemed the Gita as his “eternal mother;” when was he first introduced to the Sanskrit text of this great philosophical poem called, “the milk of the upanishads;” and most importantly, how he experimented with the truth of the Gita’s teachings in his own life, and only when completely satisfied, he endeavored relentlessly to practice its precepts into the everyday life situations.