Hindus have applauded Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu recently elected to 113th United States (US) Congress, for taking the Oath of Office on ancient Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), who was sworn on January three as a member of the US House of Representatives in Washington DC.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commending Gabbard, 31, for this act, urged other politicians also to do the same.
Rajan Zed pointed out that Bhagavad-Gita also told us about selfless action and selfless service, always keeping focus on welfare of others and be guided by compassion in our work.
Zed noted that this philosophical and intensely spiritual poem was often considered the epitome of Hinduism. Besides being the cornerstone of Hindu faith, Bhagavad-Gita was also one of the masterpieces of Sanskrit poetry and had been commented by hundreds of authors and translated into all major languages of the world.
It was a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, just before the beginning of the great Mahabharata war, in which Lord Krishna gave spiritual enlightenment to the warrior Arjuna, who realized that the true battle was for his own soul. Its 700 verses in 18 chapters considered the nature of action, the religious and social duty, the human relationship to God, the means of liberation, and the nature of sacrifice, etc., Rajan Zed added.
Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.