This is an address by Honorable Ms Justice Indira Banerjee during the “Global Bhagavad Gita Convention—2022” which was held from 19th to 21st of February.
Honorable MS Justice Indira Banerjee is a judge of the Supreme Court of India and the 8th female judge in the history of the Supreme Court of India. She is former Chief Justice of Madras High Court, the second woman to hold this position in India, before being elevated as a judge of Supreme Court of India.
She speaks about how she was introduced to Bhagavad Gita at an early age. As a young girl, she learnt that Krishna liked children who were courageous. It was only later that she started understanding the message of Bhagavad Gita.
She shares with the listeners that Bhagavad Gita is really an art of living and helps us develop the qualities of equanimity, fortitude, detachment, poise, courage, discipline, hard work and detachment from objects of pleasure.
She underlines the fact that the Bhagavad Gita is not just for ascetics and for those who renounce the world, but for everyone—students, academics, professionals, home makers
Justice Indira Banerjee shares that she has faced many challenges in her personal and professional life and it was the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita that really helped her face them. She says, “I feel I have achieved what I have in my life because of the teachings of Bhagavad Gita”.
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Narayanashrama Tapovanam, an Ashram located in Thrissur, Kerala, embodies the unique tradition of Guru-shishya Parampara, disseminating Brahmavidya (Science of Self-knowledge) through regular classes, satsangs, and above all, through learning in the association of a realized spiritual master.
Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.