|At the heart of the Mahabharata
1. From today, I shall speak to you about Srimad Bhagavad Gita. The bond between the Gita and me
transcends reason. My heart and mind have both received more nourishment from the Gita than my body has
from my mother's milk. Where the heart is touched, there is no room for argument. Leaving logic behind, I beat
the twin wings of faith and practice and, to the best of my ability, fly up into the heavens of the Gita.
I live and move in the atmosphere of the Gita. The Gita is my life's breath. To vary the image, I swim in the sea of the Gita
when I speak of it; but when I am alone, I dive to the depths of this ocean of nectar and there rest at ease. It has
been decided that I should tell you every Sunday the story of this Mother, the Gita.
2. The Gita has been set in the Mahabharata. Standing in the middle of the epic, the Gita is like an elevated
lamp which throws its light on the whole of the Mahabharata. On one side of it,
there are six parvas (chapters) and on the other, twelve. Similarly on
one side there are seven divisions of the army, and on the other, eleven. In
between, the Gita is being taught.