Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10, Text 14
Some new Gita students get the question, “Why do some Gita teachers disrespect others who interpret the Gita in a different way?”
Because authentic Gita teachers feel morally duty-bound to ensure that innocent seekers — like those asking this question — who seek the light of the Gita don’t get deviated towards its shadow. Thus, their intent is not to disrespect anyone, but to respect the sanctity of the Gita.
Let’s understand what the light and the shadow of the Gita are.
The Bhagavad-gita offers the inner light of wisdom for helping us choose the desires that bring the best out of us. The Gita indicates (10.14) that the way to receive its light is to wholeheartedly accept its entire message.
Unfortunately, many people cherry-pick Gita verses that fit into their worldview and lifestyle. By quoting and professing to follow these verses, they seek prestige in circles where the Gita is respected. Such people may be connected with the Gita, but they are living not in its light but its shadow.