Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the Kindle version of Swami Chidbhavanandaji’s Bhagavad Gita through video conference today.
Traditions and technology have merged, said the Prime Minister. He said that this e-book would also deepen the connect between the eternal Gita and the glorious Tamil culture. This e-book would enable the Tamil diaspora spread across the world to read it easily. He praised the Tamil diaspora for scaling new heights in many sectors and yet carrying the greatness of Tamil culture wherever they went.
Launching the e-book version of Swami Chidbhavananda Ji’s Bhagvad Gita, the Prime Minister lauded the efforts to bring out e-book version as this would connect more youngsters with the noble thoughts of the Gita.
Paying homage to Swami Chidbhavananda Ji, the Prime Minister said the mind, body, heart and soul of Swami Chidbhavananda Ji was devoted to India’s regeneration.
He noted that Swami Vivekananda’s Madras lectures inspired Swami Chidbhavananda Ji to put the nation above everything else and serve the people. He added that on one hand Swami Chidbhavananda Ji was inspired by Swami Vivekananda and on the other hand he went on to inspire the world with his noble deeds.
The Prime Minister praised Shri Ramakrishna Mission for their commendable work in community service, healthcare, education and carrying forward the noble work of Swami Chidbhavananda Ji.
He said the beauty of the Gita is in its depth, diversity and flexibility. He noted that Acharya Vinoba Bhave described the Gita as a Mother who would take him in her lap if he stumbled. Great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak, Mahakavi Subramania Bharathi were inspired by the Gita. He said the Gita makes us think, inspires us to question, encourages debate and keeps our mind open. He added anybody who is inspired by Gita would always be compassionate by nature and democratic in temperament.
The Prime Minister said Shrimad Bhagavad Gita was born during conflict and depression and humanity is passing through similar conflicts and challenges now. He added that the Bhagvad Gita is a treasure of thoughts that reflects the journey from depression to victory. He said the path shown in the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita becomes ever relevant at a time when the world is fighting a tough battle against an epic global pandemic and bracing for a far-reaching economic and social impact. He said Shrimad Bhagavad Gita could provide strength and direction for once again emerging victorious from the challenges faced by humanity. He quoted a peer reviewed journal of cardiology published by University of Oxford which talks at length about the relevance of Gita during the time of COVID pandemic.
The Prime Minister said the core message of Srimad Bhagvad Gita is action because it is far better than inaction. He added, similarly, the core of Aatmanirbhar Bharat is to create wealth and value not only for ourselves but for the larger humanity. We believe that an Aatmanirbhar Bharat is good for the world. He recalled how our scientists came out quickly with vaccines for COVID to heal and help humanity, keeping with the spirit of Gita.
The Prime Minister urged the people, especially the youth, to have a look at the Srimad Bhagavad Gita whose teachings are extremely practical and relatable. He said Gita would provide an oasis of calm and peace in the middle of fast paced lives. It will free our mind from fear of failure and put focus on our action. He said every chapter has something to offer to cultivate a positive frame of mind.