Commander Ajay Gupta joined the Indian Navy upon completion of Engineering in the year 1973. During his stint in the Indian Navy for thirty years, he served on board different Indian Naval Ships; different Naval Aircraft Squadrons; DRDO Research Organization and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. for a Helicopter project. He is presently residing at Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, after retirement. In his spare time he did a thorough study of Bhagavad Gita, Bible, Upanishads and other spiritual texts.
In his younger days, he attended various Gita Jnana camps from time to time to get a grasp of the subject. He has a deep interest in Bhagavad Gita for its lofty teaching. Over the past many years he had translated the main Sanskrit verses of Gita into simple English for clarity and ease of understanding. Assimilating the difficult text of Gita in a systematic manner is now within the reach of everyone whether young or old.
The teaching of Bhagavad Gita was given by God incarnate Sri Krishna, more than five thousand years ago. The same truth is as relevant in today's world, as it was in the ancient past. The teaching was given by Sri Krishna as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, in very compact Sanskrit verses as the 'Song of the God.' Different commentators and writers have interpreted these verses according to their mind and Intellectual understanding.
The main verses of Bhagavad Gita in 'Sanskrit' have remained the same like a 'Bible' till date. There are numerous interpretations and various commentaries on these verses. The Scripture of Bhagavad Gita is so sublime and lofty that it has been translated into all the major languages of the world, for the benefit of the humanity.
There is also a possibility that the true essence of Gita may not be understood in the correct perspective, if the verses are not interpreted correctly. Hindu religion is widely known as the religion which worships idols and pictures of God in visual form. On the other hand Christianity and Islam do not permit any form of idol worship.
The teaching of Bhagavad Gita has been grossly misunderstood in Hinduism to propagate the concept of God with manifestation in the form of idol worship only. There are many temples in India, where devotees throng to worship the divinity in the form of an idol. This also serves the purpose to turn the mind to the higher realms of spirituality.
The text and verses of Bhagavad Gita say that the Spirit of God can be realized both in manifest forms as idols or pictures; and also is unmanifest form as One Absolute Spirit of God without form.
Chapter 9 verse 11 of Gita says that deluded people are unaware of My Supreme Spirit of God as the great Lord of the entire Universe. The ignorant consider Me as dwelling in the human form. -Another verse in Chapter 12 of Bhagavad Gita says that the Spirit of God can also be worshiped in unmanifest form, but it is a difficult path for the human beings to follow. All these aspects have been exhaustively explained in my commentary on the verses.
I have presented Bhagavad Gita in this book, as a synthesis of all religions, by linking the Gita verses with moral stories. It is an Endeavour to make the lofty teaching easily understandable. This book has been presented with an intellectual grasp of the essence of Gita, and I lay no special claims on spirituality.
The difficult text of Bhagavad Gita has been presented in a simplified manner for reading by both young and old, irrespective of one's caste, creed or religion. Reverence and respect for all religions is the underlying criteria for anyone to assimilate this exalted teaching.
There is however one important injunction in Bhagavad Gita by Sri Krishna; that this lofty Scripture is not to be declared to a person who finds faults or speaks ill of this teaching. This aspect is explained in verse 18:67 of Bhagavad Gita.
I have accomplished the entire task of writing and typing this book on computer, all by myself. This book is dedicated to the glory of God and His eternal Spirit. Verse 18:70 of Gita says that the Spirit of God will be deemed to have been worshipped by all those who study this sacred Gospel of Bhagavad Gita. May all those who have faith and respect for all religions, enjoy reading this book? And may we all prosper together by following the lofty teaching of Gita?