GITA MAHATMYAM. (THE GREATNESS OF GITA).
This glory of the GITA is narrated in VARAHA PURANA
Bhudevi(Maha Lakshmi) approached Lord Vishnu and enquired – How , one who is bound with his Prarabdha maintain constant devotion upon You?
The Lord replied that who meditates on Gita will attain that status.
Lord further asserted that where ever the book GITA is kept, and where ever GITA is studied, that place is considered as sacred as Prayaga&Kasi.
The Lord is present where Gita is studied,chanted or heard.
Gita is My supreme aboard, supreme knowledge, and the essence of My indefinable state.
Gita is the essence all the Vedas and Upanishads.
That who recites the entire 18 chapters of Gita with firm devotion attains the knowledge necessary to attain freedom (MOKSHA).
If one recites 9 chapters of Gita, he/she will attain the merit of “GO DHANA) gifting of a Cow.
He who recites a third of Gita will attain the punyam equal to a bath in Ganges.
He who recites one sixth will get the fruit of SOMA sacrifice.
If one recites one chapter a day with devotion, he will go to KAILASA.
If one recites one fourth of a chapter or one sloka daily will attain human birth for the duration of MANVANTARA (71 MAHA YUGAS) 308 million YEARS.
He who recites 10,7,5,4,3,2,1 or one half of one sloka will attain CHANDRA LOKA for ten thousand years.
He who leaves this body reading Gita attains salvation.
One while performing the duties of daily life , meditates on the meaning of Gita will attain JEEVAN MUKTHI in this life and VIDEHA MUKTHI when the body falls.
Even a worst criminal if he loves to hear and understand the meaning of Gita will enjoy the bliss of VISHNU.
Those who do not recite this GITA MAHATYAM while studying GITA will not attain this punyam.
In Gita Mahatmyam from Varaha Purana, we learned that chanting Gita in it’s entirety or in part with deep devotion and with the full understanding of it’s meaning, blesses us with spiritual benefits.
Although all the chapters of Gita are important, if one has to choose one chapter, swamiji says it got to be 13 th chapter because of it’s subtlety,depth and because it imports the essence of the entire vedic literature.
If one has to choose one sloka for daily meditation, majority cite sloka 78 of 18 th chapter( YATRA YOGESVARAH KRISHNO) which sums up the governing principles of the Bhagavad Gita.
If one has to choose one half of a sloka, sloka 3 of chapter 2 (KSUDRAM HRADAYA DOURBALYAM TYAKTVO TTISTHA PARANTAPA) where the LORD adores strength and downright condemns the weakness of the heart.
This also is Swami Vivekananda’s chosen sloka .
If one has to choose one half of a sloka, it got to be the very first sloka where the Lord begins his teaching to Arjuna ,sloka 11 of 2nd chapter (GATASUN AGATASUMCHA NA ANUSHOCHANTI PANDITAH).
The wise grieves neither for the dead(past) nor for the living. (present).
In one pada (PANDITHAH NA ANUSHOCHANTHI–Wise do not grieve . This is the sara of the whole vedanta.