The Gita is much more than a scripture for intellectual appreciation. It is a positive pragmatic code to regulate man’s life and to answer all situations. It is universal in character, dealing primarily with one who has to live in this world, love his neighbours and leave, when the call comes. The Gita does give an answer to every problem, a man faces in life. The Gita never commands one what to do and does not also say anywhere “Thou shalt not”. This is the beauty of the Gita. It just gives the pros and cons of every issue and allows the individual to take one’s own decision. Do we not learn better that way ? We must remember that after listening to the Gita, Arjuna did not become a hermit ! He fought a fierce war and won over his enemies. By following the Gita, a man undergoes a complete change of consciousness and there need not be a change in his outward appearance or lifestyle! It teaches the annhilation of desire and ego. It advocates selfless actions and different ways to control the mind and the senses. Life has to be purposeful and the Lord’s message in the Gita lays down the dictum that man should be free from malice and be friendly even to one who envies him. He should also be kind to those who have gone astray and remain ever-balanced. He should be forbearing and forgiving. The Lord says that man should cultivate equanimity even under the most disturbing circumstances. Lord Krishna says, “Look upon friends and foes alike, ignore both obloquy ( disgrace or defamation) and honour, be indifferent to praise or blame.” The Gita contains the unwritten laws of the universe. So if you study the same in a logical manner, you will achieve salvation. But on the other hand if you are a devotee of Lord Krishna and read it with devotion, you will achieve salvation. So, the Gita will lead you to God both the intellectual way and the devotional way. Devotion is a quality of the heart and not mere external symbolism. One can call it, a one way traffic where one always gives without expecting anything back in return. The supreme devotee submits himself without expecting any reward. For him, life is wedded to daily activities. Mere bland action is “Karma”, but when impregnated with desireless devotion and service, it turns into “ Karma Yoga”, which is doing an act without expecting any return. Desireless service is best. Lord Krishna says all acts should be consecrated to Him. We must have the attitude of “ Sarvam Krishnarpanamasthu”. As a devotee, one should perform his duties leaving the resuts to God. The core of His message to mankind runs thus: “ Take shelter in Me alone as the highest Divinity. I shall deliver you from all sins”. Love, Chithra.