International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research


International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research
Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2017)

The Bhagavad-Gītā: It’s value to modern politics


Ven. Elamaldeniye Sarananda

This sacred Sanskrit Epic is considered above all other Sanskrit compilations which convey the cult of Krishna. It is voluminous and there are addition to it by intellectuals of the later day after 300 B.C. Hinduism and the cult of Krishna very well explains what love is and what is not important is that it conveys good examples of Hindu way of Life. And also with sufficient advice to the modern society and the way of life, and narratives are given as examples, and they mention that knowledge, work and devotion are paths to salvation. Even Mahatma Gandhi who was the father of ‘Avihinsa’ had used Bhagavat Gīta as his Bible and followed some of the profound visions in it to the letter, in his world class political life. Correct as well as proper action is the most valuable lesson given in Bhagavat Gēta, and it is a very good advice conveyed to the present day politicians the world over. What is really advantages is that examples by way of narrations are given, which illustrates what has to be done and what should not be done by the chieftains of any country. Although this compilation is of many authors, all of them give valuable advice to the people in the present day society, along with those in politics. In the world today ‘Dhammapada’ is read and followed by people of all the countries, and it could be mentioned Bhagavat Geeta although consist of 70, 000 stanzas also should be read not completely but even in parts so that what could be learnt may definitely be useful in the day today life not only of the polititions and the rulers but also for any of us in our day to day living and while following a life of virtue.
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