Truth doesn’t depend on history; history demonstrates truth (Gita Daily)

Published on Jan 25, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18, Text 58
By Chaitanya Charan Das

We live in an age of changing “truths” — theories are often propagated as established truths, but when some contrary information comes up, they are replaced with other theories, the new truths.

Coming from such an environment, when we encounter an ancient book like the Bhagavad-gita, we frequently get the question: “Is that still true?”

Yes, it is, because its core content is independent of history.
Of course, as the Gita is spoken at a particular time in history, its message has a contextual part. But its central message transcends its context — it goes beyond the outer world, whose various facets are in constant flux, thereby rendering knowledge about those facets changeable. The Gita’s essential message focuses on the inner world, on the universal human search for meaning and longing for love. It declares that real meaning and true love are found only in a life devoted to God, the all-attractive Supreme Being.

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