The two wonders of Gita wisdom (Gita Daily)

Published on Mar 24, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18, Text 76

Beholding the wonders of the world is often an anti-climactic experience. The splendor of the Taj Mahal is fascinating to see once, maybe twice, just maybe thrice. But then it becomes pale and stale.And we start wondering if there is anything else to see.
The much-touted wonders of the world usually disappoint us. Still, we long to behold or experience something that fills us with wonder.


Gita wisdom answers that the sense of wonder (adbhuta) is one of the aesthetic emotions (rasa) integral to our spiritual nature. Relishing the Bhagavad-gita can awaken this emotion in our heart, as Sanjaya testifies (18.76).

The word wonder has two connotations: experience of awe (e.g. I am struck by wonder on seeing the beauty of the rainbow) and absence of understanding (e.g. I wonder how a rainbow is formed in thin air during the rainy season).

Gita wisdom wakens both these senses of wonder in us. Let’s see how:

1. Experience of awe: Gita wisdom answers life’s toughest questions while delineating a majestic worldview that is both emotionally appealing and intellectually satisfying. The more we meditate on the Gita’s verses, the more we become awe-struck at how its simple-seeming verses embody life’sprofoundest insights.

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