November 28, 2006 > Geeta Jayanthi celebration
Geeta Jayanthi celebration
by Pushpa Warrier
“When disappointment stares me in the face and all alone I see not one ray of light, I go back to the Bhagavad Geeta….and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming tragedies…. my life has been full of external tragedies-and if they have left no visible or indelible scar on me, I owe it all to the teaching of Bhagavad Geeta.” Mahatma Gandhiji
Geeta Jayanthi Celebration occurs on the eleventh day of the bright half of the lunar calendar. It commemorates the auspicious day when Lord Krishna enlightened his disciple Arjuna with the holy teachings of the Bhagavad Geeta. It was at the critical juncture - just before the great war of Mahabharata - when Arjuna felt emotionally confused and requested the Lord for guidance. Arjuna, who had enclosed himself in depression and loneliness, wakes up into a blessed state of inner peace, integrity and happiness. The life that seemed like a burden becomes a blessing.
The Geeta presents a symbolic picture of the constant battle between the forces of darkness and light, between the conditioned ego-centric self and the pure self, which is ultimately resolved with an alignment with the source of life. This philosophical message is not only addressed to Arjuna for his immediate problems but to the entire mankind about the nature of performing action; the meaningful purpose of life and the insight demanded of us to solve the basic problems of daily life. The concept of “yoga” in the Geeta declares that a person can keep his identity rooted in the essential nature of the Self while being engaged in the activities of his daily life. The message of the holy dialogue has been held in deep reverence by sages, philosophers and learned scholars all over the world. The teachings of the Geeta are universal, broad and sublime, meant for the welfare of the entire creation.
Geeta Jayanthi is celebrated all over India with great respect and enthusiasm especially at Jyotisar, Kurukshetra, a small place in northwest India, where Lord Krishna enlightened Arjuna with the holy teachings of the Geeta. Temples are decorated and Geeta recitals are organized in large groups of people.
Mrs. Prabha Duneja, founder president of the Pleasanton-based Geeta Society says, “The Bhagavad Geeta is the most luminous dialogue in the legacy of Indian Vedic literature. Talks and discourses on the Bhagavad Geeta are arranged in this country to enlighten the general public and thousands of copies of the pocket-size Geeta are distributed at various conferences and temples. This gospel of timeless wisdom helps one in improving the quality of one’s life. Little children are encouraged to participate so that they become aware of their rich heritage.” Duneja is an active member of the Inter-Faith Tri-Valley Council; Women's Federation for World Peace, U.S.A.; and author of numerous religious articles and books. She is also a recipient of the United Nation’s “Global Citizen Award.”
The Geeta Society supports educational institutes in India and in other countries in order to provide quality education for poor and handicapped children, so they can become productive, responsible and respectable members of society. At present the Geeta society supports a number of orphanages and schools for the handicapped in India.
Geeta Jayanthi Celebration
Saturday, December 2, 2006
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free lunch prasada will be served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hindu Community and Cultural Center
1232 Arrowhead Avenue, Livermore
(925) 449 6255