Mysuru: Thousands of devotees participated in the complete Bhagavad Gita Parayana Mahayagna at Avadhuta Dattapeetha Shri Ganapati Satchidananda Ashrama in the City on Sunday. The recitation took place in the Nadamantapa of the Ashram.
Sri Ganapati Satchidananda Swamiji and younger Sri Datta Vijayananda Theertha Swamiji initiated this grand programme. As many as 1600 people who have memorised the Gita and about 2000 people who read the Bhagavad Gita scripture easily recited the Bhagavad Gita together with a total of more than 3600 devotees.
Bhagavad Gita Parayana Datta Peetha is conducting free online Gita classes for thousands of devotees. Shri Ganapati Satchidananda Swamiji awarded gold medals to those who passed the Bhagavad Gita examination conducted by the Peetha with the best grades.
When the Gita Parayana was held in the Nadamantapa, Shri went to each row and showered flowers on each one and blessed them. Everyone from 4 years old to 80 years old recited the Gita fluently. Six-year-old Vishnu Dutta and 75-year-old Sm V. P. Satyanarayan Murthy, who has completely memorised the Gita, were specially honoured.
Speaking on this occasion, Shri Ganapati Sacchidananda Swamiji opined that the Bhagavad Gita is the sacred book of Sanatana Dharma of India and is very valuable. Every day one chapter of the Bhagavad Gita should be read or at least one shloka should be recited. This should be our duty. Gita should not be read for pretentiousness. He said that one should recite with devotion and earnestness and practice with devotion without any selfishness. There is no use in studying the Bhagavad Gita for the show, one should meditate on what Sri Krishna has taught in it and try to act accordingly. He said that only then God will stand up for you without giving up.
Earlier Sri Datta Vijayananda Theertha Swamiji, the youngest of Avadhuta Dattapeetha, said that the Gita Jayanti held here can never happen anywhere else and that it was so wonderful. He advised that Bhagavad Gita should be read every day as it is not useful just worshipping it and keeping it on the shelf.