World Gita Day


Read Gita

Recite the entire Bhagavad gita… in 5 hours! Refresh your soul in the company of His Grace Sutapa das & His Grace Radha Govinda das. The entire 700 verses of the Gita will be recited, and chapter summaries will be presented. A fire yajna will be conducted throughout the recitation. You can join along in the reading from the comfort of your homes. 

Live Gita

The Bhagavad-gita is not simply a philosophical treatise, but rather a call to action. We are meant to read it, learnt it and ultimately live it. The profound wisdom that Krishna imparts is something that everyone can experience as a tangible reality. However, this is only possible when we practically implement the teachings and spiritualise different aspects of our daily life. By incorporating four timeless spiritual practices into our lifestyle we can quickly become peaceful, happy and self-realised.  Read More

Share Gita

You are invited to sponsor Bhagavad-gitas and participate in the online recitation of the entire Bhagavad-gita accompanied by a fire yajna (havan). Gita Jayanti offers the opportunity to celebrate the appearance of Bhagavad Gita and to distribute this gem to many others. You are invited to sponsor Bhagavad Gitas and distribute them to your friends, family and colleagues. Alternatively the Temple on your behalf will place them in schools, universities, hospitals or prisons through its various programmes.

To sponsor Bhagavad gitas please click here

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Live Gita

Thus I have explained to you knowledge still more confidential. Deliberate on this fully, and then do what you wish to do. (Bhagavad-gita 18.63)

The Bhagavad-gita is not simply a philosophical treatise, but rather a call to action. We are meant to read it, learnt it and ultimately live it. The profound wisdom that Krishna imparts is something that everyone can experience as a tangible reality. However, this is only possible when we practically implement the teachings and spiritualise different aspects of our daily life. By incorporating four timeless spiritual practices into our lifestyle we can quickly become peaceful, happy and self-realised.

A – ASSOCIATION

Try to visit a local ISKCON temple on a regular basis, and take advantage of the classes, festivals and various opportunities for devotional service. If you live far away from a temple, you can attend one of the Krishna groups

B – BOOKS

Read the books translated by Srila Prabhupada. Along with the well-known Bhagavad-gita there is also the Srimad Bhagavatam. Its 18,000 verses continue the philosophical teachings of the Gita, and also describe Krishna’s divine appearance and avatars. It’s best to read daily, either a certain number of pages or for a certain amount of time. We can make a thorough study, noting interesting or difficult passages, or we can simply read our way through, confident of our spiritual purification.

C – CHANTING

Recite the Hare Krishna mantra on a circle of 108 wooden beads. This is known as japa meditation. One time round the beads each day is for beginners, four times round as a daily minimum is for more committed practitioners, and sixteen ‘rounds’ are for those who have taken (or are planning to take) their lifetime vows. You can chant these holy names of the Lord anywhere and at any time, but the early morning hours are deemed ideal. While you’re chanting, simply fix your mind on hearing the sound of the mantra. When you talk, it’s natural for you to listen to your voice, and during meditation, direct this natural attentiveness to hearing the mantra. The quality of your meditation will depend on how well you do this.

D – DIET

One should offer all their food to Krishna before eating. From the purchasing, to the cooking, then the offering and finally the eating, every step can be an act of love which brings one closer to God. In preparing food, cleanliness, attention to detail and devotion are the main principles. After cooking, arrange portions of the food on special dinner-ware kept especially for Krishna. The easiest way to offer food is simply to pray, “My dear Lord Krishna, please accept this humble offering”. There are also special mantras which can be chanted to invoke a devotional consciousness. Then you can accept that sanctified food and share it with others!

Published onThursday, November 12th, 2020

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