In Chapter 10 of the Gita, the Lord declares that He is the source of everything, and wherever and whenever we see something glorious, spectacular and powerful ——– it is His special glory, VIBHOOTI. Lord Krishna points out that among the Pandavas, He is Arjuna ; among the great sages, He is Vyasa ; and among the Vrishnis, He is Vasudeva Shri Krishna. These are His exceptional manifestations.
We all know that the Bhagavad Gita is Lord Krishna’s teaching to Arjuna. Once, a person told me, Swamiji, ” I know the Gita ——– the book that Arjuna taught Krishna !”
“No”, I corrected him, “it is the other way round.” “What difference does it make ——- who taught whom”, he retorted. True, as far as knowledge is concerned, the identities of the teacher and student, to a certain extent, are inconsequential. However, n the case of the Gita, it is of utmost importance. We cannot say Arjuna taught Lord Krishna.
What makes the Gita so “special” and “unique” ?Let us begin with the GITA DHYANA SHLOKAS. The very first verse is : Oh Bhagavad Gita, destroyer of birth(s), thou has been instructed to Parth, son of Prutha, by Lord Narayana himself and later included by the ancient sage Vyasa within the Mahabharata. Showerer of the nectar of advaita, if 18 chapters, Oh Mother ! I meditate upon thee.” –
Here, the Gita is addressed as AMBA —– MOTHER. When the Gita is addressed as “Mother” it implies a mother’s love and concern for her children. Similarly, the Gita has love for all and is only interested in our happiness and well-being.
So, who is the teacher of the Gita ? Lord Krishna. Who is the student ? Lord Krishna in the form of Arjuna. Who is the composer ? Lord Krishna in the form of rishi Ved Vyasa Rishi. He is yet another manifestation of the Lord’s brilliance. Lord Krishna is speaking of His glory to His own glory. And this phenomenon is narrated by Sanjay, a devotee of the Lord.
Logically, if divinity is everywhere, the resultant song can only be divine. This is the first speciality : since the teacher, the student, the composer and the writer were all divine, the consequent creation is naturally, divine. Therefore, the Gita is divine knowledge given by none other Divinity Incarnate.
——- Swami Tejomayananda.