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‘Gita has stature of nat’l scripture’

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday applauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s gesture of presenting the Bhagavad Gita to world leaders, saying the holy book has been elevated to the status of a national scripture. She proposed the need for a formal announcement to this effect in order to officially establish the book’s status to that of a national scripture.

“Prime Minister Modi gifted the Bhagavad Gita to US President Barack Obama, which means it has already received the honour of a national scripture. What we require is only a formal announcement now to officially declare the Gita as a national scripture,” said the senior BJP leader while addressing the ‘Gita Prerna Mahotsav’, organized “to celebrate 5,151 years of religious book Gita” at the Red Fort Maidan in the Capital.

Underscoring the importance of the Gita’s role in daily life, she said its message to perform one’s duty without feeling attached to its outcome is what guides her sense of duty at the ministry. “I face a whole range of world problems at the department (external affairs ministry). Guided by the Gita’s principle, I thank Lord Krishna for giving me the outcome of my efforts as per my will. And in case of the opposite, I accept the outcome as his divine will,” she said.

Organised by the Global Inspiration Enlightenment Organisation Gita (GEIO Gita), the event marked the end of a week-long celebration - Gita Prerna Mahotsav - that sought to create awareness about the scripture as a source of practical inspiration for people in politics, education, business and other fields. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who was also present, called for a need to have a postal stamp to mark the Bhagavad Gita’s anniversary.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal, yoga guru Ramdev, GEIO Gita founder Swami Gyananand Maharaj and noted heart specialist Naresh Trehan also attended the event along with many spiritual leaders and foreign dignitaries from over 20 countries.
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