Why should I study the Gita?

How do I start reading Bhagavad Gita?

It is very nice that you want to start reading the Bhagavad Gita, one of the best scriptures there is. You don't need a lot of time to read it. One chapter per day from the first is also sufficient and would take a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes of your time. Now to your questions:

Do I have to go through the Mahabharata?

No, you do not have to go through the Mahabharata to read the Gita. If you do not want to know the details of the characters mentioned in the first chapter of the Gita, it is not necessary to go through the Mahabharata.

What language should I read it in?

You will read it in whatever language you are most comfortable with. The fact is, however, that there are discrepancies when the original work is translated into another language by different people. So the original is always the best, followed by translations of saints.

How will it change my life?

Reading the Gita will not change your life unless you try to put into practice the things you learn from it. Even so, as a summary of the Upanishads, Gita contains unsurpassed knowledge and philosophical understanding that will bring you happiness and peace. The second chapter of the Gita is very important as it speaks of the eternal soul that dwells in the body. and this knowledge of the soul is the starting point of all spiritualism.

If you are a spiritual seeker who really cares about it, the discussion between Shri Krisha and Arjuna is so interesting that you will try to read it and finish it all at once. But even after reading it, it will take you some time to properly recognize and understand it.


Since you are familiar with Hindi, I would recommend reading Gita Sadhak Sanjivani by Swami Ramsukh Das. I find this very good for any spiritual aspirant. If you just want to read the English translations, you can do so here. Note, however, that Bhagavad Gita - as it is primarily intended for Westerners who do not know or do not know our philosophy and religious tradition. Hence, it is not that rich in knowledge, but is good for beginners.

Even if you have an Android phone, you can install this Gita app which has translations of various saints including Sankaracharya, Sivananda, Ramsukh Das and many others. This one is very good if you just want to read the Gita verses in your desired language without reading any statements, explanations, etc.

Atinesh

My friend suggested an Android app from 'Prateek Arora'

Be happy

@ Atinesh Umm ... sorry no idea. You can try both of them and keep the ones you like. I've used the one I mentioned and think it's very good.