When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.
When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I
see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-gita and find
a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of
overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh
joy and new meanings from it every day.
Henry David Thoreau:
In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal
philosophy of the Bhagavad-gita, in comparison with which our modern
world and its literature seem puny and trivial.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer:
The Bhagavad-Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions.
The Bhagavad-Gita is a true scripture of the human race a living
creation rather than a book, with a new message for every age and a new
meaning for every civilization.
The idea that man is like unto an inverted tree seems to have been
current in by gone ages. The link with Vedic conceptions is provided by
Plato in his Timaeus in which it states..." behold we are not an earthly
but a heavenly plant." This correlation can be discerned by what
Krishna expresses in chapter 15 of Bhagavad-Gita.
Prime Minister Nehru:
The Bhagavad-Gita deals essentially with the spiritual foundation of
human existence. It is a call of action to meet the obligations and
duties of life; yet keeping in view the spiritual nature and grander
purpose of the universe.
The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of
life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-gita. It was the first of
books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy,
but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in
another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same
questions which exercise us.
In order to approach a creation as sublime as the Bhagavad-Gita with
full understanding it is necessary to attune our soul to it.
From a clear knowledge of the Bhagavad-Gita all the goals of human
existence become fulfilled. Bhagavad-Gita is the manifest quintessence
of all the teachings of the Vedic scriptures.
The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual
evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and
comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its
enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.
The Bhagavad-Gita was spoken by Lord Krishna to reveal the science of
devotion to God which is the essence of all spiritual knowledge. The
Supreme Lord Krishna's primary purpose for descending and incarnating is
relieve the world of any demoniac and negative, undesirable influences
that are opposed to spiritual development, yet simultaneously it is His
incomparable intention to be perpetually within reach of all humanity.
The Bhagavad-Gita is not seperate from the Vaishnava philosophy and the
Srimad Bhagavatam fully reveals the true import of this doctrine which
is transmigation of the soul. On perusal of the first chapter of
Bhagavad-Gita one may think that they are advised to engage in warfare.
When the second chapter has been read it can be clearly understood that
knowledge and the soul is the ultimate goal to be attained. On studying
the third chapter it is apparent that acts of righteousness are also of
high priority. If we continue and patiently take the time to complete
the Bhagavad-Gita and try to ascertain the truth of its closing chapter
we can see that the ultimate conclusion is to relinquish all the
conceptualized ideas of religion which we possess and fully surrender
directly unto the Supreme Lord.
Madhvacarya: The Mahabharata has all the essential ingredients necessary to evolve
and protect humanity and that within it the Bhagavad-Gita is the epitome
of the Mahabharata just as ghee is the essence of milk and pollen is
the essence of flowers.