The Bhagwad Gita is the most extensively read and appreciated religious text of the world. It is believed that in the state of Haryana this legendary epic was narrated by Lord Krishna at Jyotisar (Kurukshetra) to Arjuna, which is located here. Further, it was also composed by Rishi Veda Vyasa on the bank of river Saraswati (Devi Saraswati), which was once an everlasting river of this State.
Many of our outstanding freedom fighters took the inspiration and motivation from the Bhagavad Gita. Bhagwat Geeta was written in Sanskrit, its 700 doggerels are often quoted by many great personalities. It is believe by them that the Gita has been a driving force and inspiration in their lives. This Holy book is referred to as a way of life and more than just a holy text book. Bhagwat gita has been translated in more than 80 different languages to spread its influence across boundaries and countries. It also becomes a predominant in philosophical discussions and the like.
Many personalities across the world was influenced by Bhagwad geeta, some of them are as follows:
1 Shri Aurobindo Gosh
Aurobindo Gosh was one of the greatest revolutionaries in the Indian freedom fight against British Empire. He was an educated, imaginative, and a mysterious personality. He believed that, India was subjected to establishment in the non – existence of determined and steel nerved moderators who can take risks of their lives and fight for the Nation. It was his firm belief that the only way to freedom was through the rise of individuals from their reserved nature and surpassing them into joyful holiness. And he said that he learned all these things from gita. Bhagwat gita was acted as the lodestar in his life.
2 Bankim Chandra Chatterji
He was a great freedom fighter and so much influenced by the Bhagwat Gita that he was lead him to write a commentary on the life of Lord Krishna, based on his ancient and dignified research. But only three quarters of that book could be completed when he died. Bankim Chandra Chatterji was the one who gave the slogan “Vande Mataram”. This slogan was taken from the song and poem written by him from the novel “Anandmath”.
3 Mahatama Gandhi
The mention of the name of Mahatma Gandhi invokes the image of a great patriot, who was an immortal part of Indian freedom struggle through the weapons of non-violence and Satyagraha. He writes, “I find a solace in the Bhagavad Gita that I miss even in the Sermon on the Mount. When disappointment stares me in the face and all alone I see not one ray of light, I go back to the Bhagavad Gita. I find a verse here and a verse there, and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming tragedies… my life has been full of external tragedies; and if they have left no visible or indelible scar on me, I owe it all to the teaching of the Bhagavad Gita.”
4 Lokmanya Tilak
He was the first person to emphatically ask for the complete independence from Britain in the Congress sessions. He write a book named ‘Gita Rahasya’ where he explained: “The most practical teaching of the Gita, and one for which it is of abiding interest and value to the men of the world with whom life is a series of struggles, is not to give way to any morbid sentimentality when duty demands sternness and the boldness to face terrible things.” And, “It is my firm conviction that it is of utmost importance that every man, woman and child of India understands the message of the Gita.”
5 Sunita Williams
An American astronaut, with Indian roots who holds the record for longest spacewalk time for a woman. She carried a Ganesha idol and a copy of the Bhagvad Gita with her in the space, when she was heading out on her expedition as a member of the International Space Station (ISS). She quoted her experience with some words by inspiring from Gita as “Those are spiritual things to reflect upon yourself, life, the world around you and see things the other way. I thought it was quite appropriate.”
6 Annie Besant
She was an Irish woman. Who was known for so many field like socialist, Theosophist, and women’s rights activist. She supported Indian home-rule during the battle for independence for those who was also interested in reading about Indian philosophy. Her translated research of the Bhagavad Gita is named as ‘The Lord’s Song’. She defined the glory of Bhagwat gita in a very divine way, below text is from her book
“That the spiritual man need not be a recluse, that union with the divine life may be achieved and maintained in the midst of worldly affairs, that the obstacles to that union lie not outside us but within us—such is the central lesson of the Bhagvad Gita.”
7 Albert Einstein
This is the supposed that the great scientist AlbertEinstein, influenced by the religious Hindu as proof of its universal existence and instance of celebrity acceptance of the highly as well as unfortunately revered Indian holy book, the Bhagavad Gita.This is how the wikipedia has mentioned Albert Einstein’s quotes on the section of influence of the holy book:
“When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.”
8 Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau was an American poet, author, and a great philosopher. He was deeply influenced by Indian philosophy and Religious holy books. In one of his noted book titled Walden, he mentioned the Bhagvad Gita in many places. In the very chapter of the book he writes:
“How much more admirable the Bhagvad Gita than all the ruins of the East.”
This proved that how he admire bhagwat gita and also followed it in his life.
9 TS Eliot
This American poet was influenced by Indian philosophy on a very high scale. He had studied Indian philosophy and Sanskrit during his days in Harvard University. In one of his poem titled as The Dry Salvages, Eliot referred the conversation between Lord Krishna-Arjuna, from the Bhagvad Gita, to explain a connection between the past and the future. This showed that one needs to follow his or her inner will, instead of seeking personal gains. Some of the famous lines from his poem which explains his feelings:
You who came to port, and you whose bodies
Will suffer the trial and judgement of the sea,
Or whatever event, this is your real destination.”
So Krishna, as when he admonished Arjuna
On the field of battle.
Not fare well, But fare forward, voyagers.
10 Warren Hastings
He was the first governor of Bengal as well as the first Governor-General of India. He was strongly supported Charles Wilkins who was the English typographer and orient-list. Charles Wilkins was the one who translated the Bhagvad Gita in English. It is believed that Warren Hastings gave a Sanskrit copy of the Bhagvad Gita to wilkins and he translated, to the chairman of the East India Company, and said that:
“A performance of great originality, of a sublimity of conception, reasoning and diction almost unequalled, and single exception among all the known religions of mankind.”