Often, I indulge in what I call Swadhyaya of Gita. I recite it for a number of days over and over again, sometimes in a serial mode chapter wise and verse wise; and sometimes selectively a verse from hither and thither. I have been in such practice of reading Gita for more than two decades with commentaries by various comment authors.
Very often, I use to recite and read chapter II verse 47 of ‘The Bhagavadgita’ with Sanskrit Text, English Translation and Notes by S. Radhakrishnan as follows:
karmany eva ‘dhikaras te
ma phalesu kadacasana
ma karmaphalahetur bhur
ma te sango ‘stv akarmani
To action alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction.
This famous verse contains the essential principle of disinterestedness. When we do our work, plough or paint, sing or think, we will be deflected from disinterestedness, if we think of fame or income or any such extraneous consideration. Nothing matters except the good will, the willing fulfilment of the purpose of God. Success or failure does not depend on the individual but on other factors as well. Giordano Bruno says: “I have fought that is much, victory is in the hands of fate.”
The recital of Bhagavad Gita, day after day, produces faith that I am on the right path and generates enthusiasm to translate its message into action.By reading the Gita again and again, the words begin to grow in meaning; the repetition of some appealing verse transforms the mind and spirit. By reciting the Gita again and again, I have become more tolerant and patient in facing odd situations; more so I have developed the strength of compassion and generosity in my heart and mind.
Swadhyaya of Gita has taught me: “Be raised by self alone; for self alone is self`s true friend. The self who has conquered self, that alone is the friend of self”.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda