THE GITA'S END

Shri Murari Bapu, who is famous for his Ramayan kathaas (discourses), explained that the message of the Bhagavad Gita can be condensed to a single word: yes (in Gujarati, a single letter "haa"). The message of the Gita was to teach the art of saying "yes." A logical person, on the other hand, usually responds in the negative. The Gita consists of 18 chapters with 700 shlokas (verses), each with four lines. But the essence of the whole book was for Arjun to surrender to Krishna Bhagwan. Before the final battle at Kurukshetra, Arjun becomes entangled in a moral dilemma and cannot bring himself to fight. As a friend, Krishna Bhagwan explains to Arjun the various reasons he should fight. Finally, the Gita ends when Arjun says yes to Krishna Bhagwan - "karishye vachanam tava" or "I will do what you say" [18/73].

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