by Mahatma Gandhi
The meaning of Gita is to be
understood in a broader sense. Here, Gita means a scripture that not only
supports us, but it is also our lifeline.
As many of us follow this particular
scripture, I have taken liberty to call it "Gita." For others it may
either be Quran or Bible. For serious students, it is best to understand the Gita
in its original form, i.e. in Sanskrit. However, those who find this
difficult should understand and memorize it in any other language. People with
a different faith may memorize a scripture of their own choice.
It is essential to understand the
purpose of memorizing the scriptures. This is not intended to be a memory test.
To benefit fully, we must think and practice according to their direct message -- in other words we must walk like we talk. We should never distort or twist
any of the original principles from these scriptures to suit our convenience.
We must understand the true meaning of any spiritual message.
There is a definite advantage in memorizing
these scriptures. It will stay with us all the time even when our faculties may
get impaired. It will prove to be a guiding light during moments of despair and
distress. One cannot imagine of any other source more reliable than Gita during
The world's experience echoes the same
theme. Our ancestors (Hindus, Muslims, Jews or Christians) used to memorize
certain portions of their scriptures. This tradition is carried out even today.
It will be unwise to disregard this priceless experience.
Let us demonstrate our commitment to
the Eternal Truth by memorizing a scripture like the Gita.