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Notable Quotes, on the “Bhagavad Gita”

“The Gita is the universal mother. She turns away nobody.  Her door is wide open to anyone who knocks. A true votary of the Gita does not know what disappointment is.  He ever dwells in perennial joy and peace that passeth understanding.  But that peace and joy come not to the sceptic or to him who is proud of his intellect or learning.  It is reserved only for the humble in spirit who brings to her worship a fullness of faith and an undivided singleness of mind. There never was a man who worshipped her in that spirit and went back disappointed…”

-Mahatma Gandhi

“When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe,  everything else seems so superfluous…”

-Albert Einstein, Scientist and Nobel Laureate

“One sentence of the Gita is worth the State of Massachusetts many times over.

-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American Author, naturalist and transcendentalist

“I hesitate not to pronounce the Gita a performance of great originality, of sublimity of conception, reasoning and diction almost unequalled; and a single exception, amongst all the known religions of mankind.”

-Lord Warren Hastings (1754-1862), The First Governor General of British India

“[Gita is] the most beautiful philosophical song existing in any known tongue.”

-Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), The developer of the atomic bomb

“What you get by repeating the word ‘Gita’ ten times is the essence of the book.  In other words, if you repeat ‘Gita’ ten times, it is reversed into ‘tagi’, which indicates renunciation.  The essence of the Gita is:  ‘O man, renounce everything and practice spiritual discipline for the realization of God.”

-Sri Ramakrishna

“The teachings of Krishna as taught by the Gita are the grandest the world has ever known.  He who wrote that wonderful poem was one of those rare souls whose lives sent a wave of regeneration through the world.  The human race will never again see such a brain as his who wrote the Gita.”

-Swami Vivekananda

“The Gita is the greatest gospel of spiritual works ever yet given to the race.

…our chief national heritage, our hope for the future.”

-Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950), Indian nationalist, scholar and mystic

“To my knowledge, there is no book in the whole range of the world’s literature so high above all, as the Bhagavad Gita, which is a treasure-house of Dharma- not only for Hindus, but for all mankind.

-Madan Mohan Malaviya, Indian nationalist and the founder of Banaras Hindu University

“[Gita is] the most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue…perhaps the deepest and loftiest thing the world has to show.   I read the Indian poem for the first time when I was in my country estate in Silesia and, while doing so, I felt a sense of overwhelming gratitude to God for having let me live to be acquainted with this work.  It must be the most profound and sublime thing to be found in the world.”

-Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835), Prussian Minister of Education