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Rules to Read Bhagavad Gita | How to read Gita

How To Read Bhagavad Gita

There is no such rules prescribed for reading Bhagavad Gita. One can read it anywhere or anytime.As per Gita implementation of knowledge is more important than reading.Reading and execution will results in peace,keeps you away from sin, helps you grow in wisdom, develop your faith , fill you with hope,bring you joy,proposer your life etc.

For obtaining the knowledge from Bhagavad Gita there is no such rules of reading prescribed anywhere. If anyone claiming so, please asks them the reference of it.

This holy scripture is considered to be the ocean of knowledge among all the scriptures.One thing I would like to share from the scripture itself that there is a rule prescribed in Bhagavad gita  for sharing the knowledge.We will discuss that part later in this article. 

Before Proceeding further I would like to share my own experience which is applicable in our day to day lives.Follow the below table to gain clear understanding of it.

        Action Result
     Read Forget
      Write For Some time
 Do Forever


Lord Krishna Himself said in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18:70 by studying itself with his intelligence Lord Krishna will be worshiped.And I declare that he who studies this sacred conversation of ours , will worships me by his intelligence.

So there is no any sort of rule or protocols told by lord Krishna but yes there are ways. 

Most of the people will tell you about the rules to read Bhagavad Gita in their own way of understanding like to follow some rituals before reading it like you should read Bhagavad Gita after bath ,keep yourself clean ,read at peaceful place etc etc. and in follow up they will explain that you feel afresh, your mind will be ready to receive the nectar.

Ways to read Bhagavad Gita

The best way to read Bhagavad Gita is to start reading it whenever you want to read.From my view it depends upon who is reading. Understanding of bhagavad gita depends upon the reader also.

Try to apply the teachings of Bhagavad Gita in daily life in order to get the best outcome as reading Bhagavad Gita will only help to increase the knowledge of any individual.

There could be several types of readers like ,spiritual seekers,students from comparative religions ,atheist etc.Those readers will interpret the meaning as per their understanding. So,it is very important to understand the pattern of the scripture.

So for the readers the great Saints and Gurus has simplified the  complete scripture into chapters .Bhagavad Gita has total 18 chapters which are given below

Chapter 1. Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra 

Chapter 2. Foundation of Knowledge. 

Chapter 3. Path of Selfless Service 

Chapter 4. Path of Karma Yoga with Self - Knowledge 

Chapter 5. Path of Renunciation

Chapter 6. Path of Meditation

Chapter 7. Self-Knowledge and Enlightenment 

Chapter 8. Attaining the supreme-The Eternal Being 

Chapter 9. Supreme Knowledge & The Big Mystery

Chapter 10.Manifestation of the Absolute

Chapter 11.The Universal Form - Vision of the Cosmic Form

Chapter 12.Devotional service

Chapter 13.Creation & The Creator  

Chapter 14.Three Modes of Material Nature 

Chapter 15.The Supreme Being

Chapter 16.Divine and Demonic Qualities 

Chapter 17.The Divisions of Faith -Threefold Faith

Chapter 18.Conclusion- The Perfection of Renunciation(Moksha)

Arjuna was a great warrior and he has everything that anyone could dream of at that stage or any stage of life. He was a prosperous king ,a great scholar ,trained by great saints and posses amazing skills. At the midst of the battle he was asking Lord Krishna about his doubt prior to the battle.

So you can imagine, even though he was trained and educated by great saints then also he was not aware of this knowledge.

Also one would might think that Lord Krishna encouraging to fight instead of providing solution.

So ,for the readers it is necessary to understand that in which context Bhagavad Gita has been said by Lord Krishna otherwise there will be many misconceptions.

One must know that Lord Krishna tried and obeyed all the protocols in order to avoid that Mega battle popularly known as Mahabharata.

Keep your mind flexible so that you can have maximum take away from this master piece .

So we can conclude that there is no such method or ways prescribed anywhere.Just read it like any other scripture and receive the nectar like knowledge. 

Post reading Instructions Shared by Lord Krishna

There wasn't not any instruction given by Lord Krishna for the reading of Bhagavad Gita but once a person receives the knowledge and he want to share it with others for that Lord Krishna has shared some instructions.

Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 verse 67 and verse 71

Post Reading Rules to read Bhagavad Gita 

This knowledge should never be spoken by you to one who is devoid of austerity, who is without devotion, who does not desire to listen, or who speaks ill of Me. (18.67)

And one who listens with faith and without envy becomes free from sinful reactions and attains to the auspicious planets where the pious dwell.18:71

There are many types of persons who envy of lord Krishna and Hinduism or this holy scripture because He has explained in Bhagavad-gita that He is the Supreme and that nothing is above Him or equal to Him. So Lord Krishna tells us that such persons should not be told Bhagavad-gita, for they cannot understand.

Even if a great saint will also try to tell them about Bhagavad Gita they will not be able to grasp it.You cannot convince everyone even with God words also. There is no or very less possibility of faithless persons’ understanding Bhagavad-gita.So you should be careful about sharing the knowledge of Bhagavad Gita.

About the Scripture lord Krishna Describes well in verse 63 of Verse of Chapter 18

There is no knowledge more beneficial and valuable than Srimad Bhagavad-Gita. There is no knowledge higher or superior to Srimad Bhagavad-Gita. It should be well reflected upon and deeply contemplated and then one should act accordingly. 

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