The Bhagavad Gita has come to occupy a supreme place because the teachings embodied possess eternal value and are universal in their applicability. The setting of the Gitopadesa is the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Arjuna is the central figure , seated in a chariot and Lord Krishna is his charioteer. Arjuna humbles himself as a pupil at the feet of Krishna, raising him to the pedestal of a teacher. Arjuna‘s objection to fight is that the war will entail killing his elders and relatives. He does not mind being killed, if the war can be avoided. Thus he has overcome all desires and attachment to life. Now he has reached the state of mind when he is fit to receive true knowledge. Lord Krishna now teaches him. This is how the Gita has come to possess eternal and lasting value. The teachings of the Gita contain the answer to the question often posed, namely, which should have preference, individual salvation or “ Loka kshema”(public good). The Gita makes it plain that unless one is perfect oneself, one is not qualified to engage oneself in acts of “ Loka kshema”. A person who is himself subject to grief, anger etc cannot remove the like ills of others. The man who is subject to delusion is not qualified to rid the world of its delusions. The only way to overcome grief and other infirmities is “ self-knowledge”. One should perform his duty without attachment and with resignation and this alone will prepare him for self knowledge. Such a person becomes perfect soul, who by his very presence, brings about “ Loka kshema” in the truest sense of the term and most effectively. Individual elevation will enable one to lift others. Thus the Gita becomes the eternal beacon for mankind. It embodies in itself an immediate solution to the pressing problems of man and carries a wonderful message of encouragement, hope, cheer and consolation. The Gita gives him a positive promise of salvation, making him fearless. He finds that his mental weakness, exhaustion and fatigue reduce and his mind becomes calm and serene. When the mind is thus calm and serene, his efficiency increases; his performance, his attitude towards others, his vision of life as such, the way he meets challenges – all these acquire a new tempo and beauty. With these inner qualities, his activities gather a momentum that cannot but attract success in the modern material world. Thus the Gita serves as triple treatise – a treatise on psychology, a text of ethics and a book of philosophy. Its glory is undying. It never ceases to fascinate and have relevance. It is a profound text to be constantly read and digested. Love, Chithra.