17. GITA JAYANTI-8.
The teachings of the Gita are broad, sublime and universal.
They do not belong to any particular cult, sect, creed, age, place or country.
They are meant for all.
They are within the reach of all.
The Gita has a message for the solace, peace, freedom, salvation and perfection of all human beings.
At the Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, the holy and auspicious Gita Jayanti is observed every year on a grand scale : -
1. All the aspirants wake up at 4 am and do meditation on the Lord.
2. From sunrise to sunset there is unbroken recitation of the Gita.
The Samputa-method is used, that is, before and after each verse of the Gita, the following Samputa is recited : -
Sarva dharmaan parityajya maamekam sharanam vraja;
Aham twa sarvapaapebhyo mokshayishyaami maa s hucha.
To be continued ...
SWAMI SIVANANDA ASHRAM RISHIKESH