The Influence Of the Bhagavad Gita On Indian Nationalists


One of the world’s most influential religious and philosophical texts is the Bhagavad Gita. One of the sacred books of Hinduism, this work has influenced Western and Eastern thought for centuries. With the advent of technology – from online downloads to free Bhagavad Gita audios – its availability has only increased since its first English translation in the late 18th century.

Its impact has remained strong as men and women around the world discover its inner message. While some may use it in a completely secular fashion as part of a Yoga practice, others utilize its message to provide themselves with a guide along the path of union with the Gods. Indeed, over the centuries, the Bhagavad Gita has influenced people in many different fields and on diverse levels.

Influence in India

From Ramanujul (1017 – 1137) to Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India, the Bhagavad Gita has had an impact on the people, culture and politics of India. Many were touched by the work and, as a result of its profound influence, produced significant change in the country. Among the most remembered are two native nationalists:

  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856 – 1920): A scholar, journalist, social reformer and nationalist, Tilak wrote a translation and commentary on the Gita while he was in prison. Its focus was on Karma Yoga.

  • Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948): Gandhi first read the Gita in 1888/1889. He was strongly affected by the work’s emphasis on selfless service. He felt he owed much of his strength, courage and ability to serve his country to the reading of and teachings in the Bhagavad Gita.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 – 1964), the first Prime Minister of an independent India, also felt the influence of the Gita. He looked at its message as one that combined the need to respond to the “call to action” required by daily obligations in life with the spirituality required to fulfill “the grander purpose of the universe.”

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The impact of the text has been both strong and significant in its country of origin. If you want to understand the influence, you need to read the work. Listen to a version in your car or at home by ordering free Bhagavad Gita Audios. Only then can you perhaps comprehend the work’s spiritual and secular longevity.

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