Bhagavad Gita – The Way You Should Read It
The Bhagavad Gita is a Sanskrit scripture that has been around for thousands of years. It is a collection of 700 verses from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Most Hindus understand the significance of reading this scripture and learning the lessons that it teaches.
There are various ways of reading the Bhagavad Gita as per as Hindu traditions –
1. You can read the whole book, part of it, particular chapters or verses are all possible and these have specific benefits.
2. Some temples hold Gita reading ceremonies after their poojas which the common people participate in. These are exclusively done in Sanskrit, which is the original language of the scripture. One chapter is read a day and they may have different number of verses.
3. One can also follow the same method at home. If you offer worship to your idol daily you can read a chapter off the Gita regularly.
4. It is most likely that many people have difficulties in reading the actual Sanskrit text, as they are not proficient in the language. In this case, devotees can buy the many translated versions that are available in the market.
5. There are some shlokas which are read before the start of each chapter. These Shlokas are borrowed from the Upanishads. Some other shlokas are recited at the end of each verse as they have special beneficialpowers.
6. Finally if a person decides to read the Bhagavad Gita, they must take a bath and wear fresh clothes. Moreover a pure heart free of any anger, malice or other negative feelings is extremely important before reading this auspicious book.