World over many religious people indulged in discourses on Bhagavad Gita. Those who did not understand even ABCD of spirituality… how could such people deliver discourses on Bhagavad Gita cheating gullible people world over. What after all such people gained in life… what were they trying to accomplish? As detailed in Bhagavad Gita… path of spirituality could never be traveled via path of religion… path of rituals!
For understanding teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita… path of spirituality was mandated by God Almighty. As per Bhagavad Gita… journey of life belonged to our soul atman, the spirit within and never the manifest physical human form. As our soul atman, the spirit within was governing, to understand essence of soul atman within… path of spirituality was an absolute necessity… something any spiritual traveler could never do without. A soul is termed atman in Hinduism.
Path of spirituality directly led human beings to their soul atman, the spirit within. As our soul atman, the spirit within is God Almighty in miniscule form… if we reached our soul atman, the spirit within… it directly meant we reached God Almighty. Realizing our true inner self… realizing God… gaining enlightenment… all meant the same in spiritual realm.
Only those discourses on Bhagavad Gita must be attended that were delivered by enlightened souls… human beings who gained enlightenment in their lifetime. It is difficult to find an enlightened one in personal life but we always had ample literature relating to enlightened ones like Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana.
Indulging in books and literature relating to Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana was equivalent of attending discourses on Bhagavad Gita. By following precepts of spirituality contained in Bhagavad Gita human beings finally gained enlightenment in their lifetime. In the last about 150 years amongst 7 billion people existing world over only Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana gained enlightenment.
Following footsteps of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana… any human being world over could easily reach stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana in Hinduism). It would not be out of context to say… why not duplicate path followed by Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa or Maharishi Ramana… the two spiritual stalwarts who gained enlightenment in their lifetime!
Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism was a medium to reach stage of enlightenment in present life time. Path of spirituality as detailed in Bhagavad Gita was difficult to follow. However, pursuing path undertaken by Swami Vivekananda any human being world over could reach stage of enlightenment. It is a different matter that Swami Vivekananda did not gain enlightenment in his lifetime. The goal of life for Swami Vivekananda was community service and in that he excelled.