Nandini Voice For The Deprived, a Chennai based NGO, organized All India essay competition on “My views on declaring Bhagawad Gita as national scripture”.
There was good response for the essay competition from all over India.
While many participants approve the suggestions to declare Bhagawad Gita as national scripture since it is of Indian origin, there are also dissenting voice.
The entries submitted by the following six persons have been selected for award of prize.
* Mr.Aditee Mitra, Guwahati, Assam .
*. Mr.Vivekanand,Bokaro Steel City, Jharkhand
* Dr. Satish Chandra Bhattacharyya, Guwahati, Assam
Mr.K.Ramachandran, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu
* Mr.Aashna Jain, Jodhpur ,Rajasthan
* Mr.Prabir Kumar Seal,Assam
Highlights of the views expressed by the participants are given below for study.
VIEWS NOT IN FAVOUR
The essence of Bhagawad Gita lies in its substance and not in its symbolism.
The question arises whether the stature of Bhagawad Gita should be restricted within the geographical boundary of India, that would prevent it from being viewed as global scripture.
By declaring Bhagawad Gita as the national scripture,the question may also arise as to why Guru Granth Sahib or other philosophical books such as Rig Veda or Arthashastra not be declared as national scripture or for that matter why not any other religious book which are also of Indian origin.
Gita may have secular appeal; But it is always associated with Lord Krishna and hence is primarily a Hindu scripture.
Minister Sushma Swaraj says that Gita gave her the strength in difficult times.So, for the same reason, a Sikh may find peace and solace in the Guru Granth Sahib
VIEWS IN FAVOUR
Sacred scripture and eternal truth
Bhagawad Gita is a sacred scripture of eternal truth and philosophy, which guides us in every aspect of life. Bhagawad Gita is beyond any religion. If we humans understand the quintessence of Bhagawad Gita as it is, there would be an ultimate universal religion. Swami Vivekananda, once explained in Chicago, that Gita is the base of all religious scripture.
Bhagawad Gita is not just an “old scripture” nor is it just a book of “religious teachings”.
It transcends the bounds of any particular religion or race and is divine wisdom addressed to mankind for all times.
Experience of everyone
Many who are not Indians have studied the Bhagawad Gita and are benefited and they have said so.
Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who had to suffer the atrocities of his son Aurangazab, was the one who got it translated into Persian. It was during the British rule in India that Gita first achieved worldwide fame.
Warren Hastings, the first Viceroy of India ordered Gita to be translated into English. Charles Wilkins ( a merchant with the East India Company) translated Gita in to English in 1785. Gita has been translated into large number of languages in Europe and Asian countries. The move to proscribe Gita in Russia was dismissed by the Tomsk District Court on 21st March,2012
Great people do not undermine other religious scriptures. Kanchi Paramacharya studied Holy Koran and Bible and has used many quotations in his speech and writings. He never underestimated any religious book.
What Gita says :
In whatever way we worship, it will reach Him, Gita says
Gita never insisted that only the particular way of worship will lead us to realise God. .
Just like declaring hockey as national game do not change the popularity of cricket in India, declaring Gita as national scripture will not convert a Muslim or a Christian or a Sikh into Hindu
Originated in India
The recent decision by United Nations to declare June 21 as “International Yoga day” provides strength to the fact that the whole world is acknowledging India as the “Spiritual Capital” of the world.
Yes. Srimad Bhagawad Gita is a scripture that originated in India. All things and events referred to in the Bhagavad Gita occurred on the soil of India.
So, why should Indians hesitate in acknowledging own ancient scripture that are full of wisdom and knowledge ?
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