Why is that in the Bhagavat Gita, it is said that to truly understand it, one needs to completely surrender to Krishna and accept him as the only Supreme God?

If a non-believer or a person of different faith tries to study the Gita, isn't it supposed to enlighten him instead of stating the above and giving him a negative vibe?

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    Where does the Bhagavad Gita say that you need to completely surrender to Vishnu in order to understand it? It does say that if you completely surrender to Vishnu, then you'll be delivered from all your sins; see here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/7971/36 But I don't know of any verse that says that surrender is a prerequisite for understanding the Gita. Nov 18 '15 at 15:57
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    One should believe in God and should see Krishna as God to understand it. Else who would listen to his philosophies if he wasn't God. How can non believers believe in teachings of some King (who had higher IQ) with earnest devotion? Bhagavad Gita wouldn't be such an important text if He wasn't God. It would be some random text. BG is short summary of Vedas and Dharma.
    – The Destroyer
    Nov 18 '15 at 16:10
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    i think you have BG by ISKCON. They highlight Krishna more in that book. You can read other commentaries from this site. bhagavad-gita.org
    – The Destroyer
    Nov 18 '15 at 16:13
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    I agree with @AnilKumar, the ISKCON commentary is not the best. What I'd recommend is using this website which gives a bunch of different commentaries on the Bhagavas Gita, so you can compare them and judge for yourself which one is the best: bhagavad-gita.us (I prefer Ramanujachara's commentary, as I'm a Sri Vaishnava.). By the way, these commentaries also come from people who were part of some line of Gurus. Nov 18 '15 at 16:32
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    I recommend that you use bhagavad-gita.us rather than bhagavad-gita.org The second one has very bad translations of the different commentaries. bhagavad-gita.us, the one that has a picture of a tree, is much better. Nov 18 '15 at 16:40

Well there are many ways even a non believer can get benefited.

There are many management principles in gita, some of the samples are:

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि।।2.47।।

Meaning: But thou hast only the right to work, but none to the fruit thereof. Let not then the fruit of thy action be thy motive; nor yet be thou enamored of inaction.

It gives how we can get strayed away.

ध्यायतो विषयान्पुंसः सङ्गस्तेषूपजायते।
सङ्गात् संजायते कामः कामात्क्रोधोऽभिजायते।।2.62।।

क्रोधाद्भवति संमोहः संमोहात्स्मृतिविभ्रमः।
स्मृतिभ्रंशाद् बुद्धिनाशो बुद्धिनाशात्प्रणश्यति।।2.63।।

Meaning: When a man dwells on the objects of sense, he creates an attraction for them; attraction develops into desire, and desire breeds anger. (2.62)
Anger induces delusion; delusion, loss of memory; through loss of memory, reason is shattered; and loss of reason leads to destruction. (2.63)

इन्द्रियाणां हि चरतां यन्मनोऽनुविधीयते।
तदस्य हरति प्रज्ञां वायुर्नावमिवाम्भसि।।2.67।।

Meaning: As a ship at sea is tossed by the tempest, so the reason is carried away by the mind when preyed upon by straying senses.

Thus by carefully understanding these verses & applying in our life, any one can get benefited.


It can be said that the following verses from Bhakthi Yoga, Chapter 12, of Bhagvad Gita, negate the presumption in the said question.

Whosoever hath faith in Me / And leans on Me heart ’n soul -

Him I help to cross over / Ocean vast of births ’n deaths.

If thou develop faith in Me / Take for granted I take thee.

Were thee to fail develop faith / It’s not thou reached blind alley, / Ever Me having in thy mind / Practice lets thee turn the bend.

If thou feel that’s hard as well / Indulge then in deeds Me please.

If thou find that difficult too / Give thyself to Me Supreme / Act then with thy subdued mind /
With no thought for what follows.

Scores thought over mere roting / Betters meditation awareness too / What helps man to find moorings / Are acts his with no axe to grind.

Excerpted from the free ebook "Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help" available in PDF at Project Gutenberg self-Publishing Press

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    Welcome to Hinduism.SE. See 'Avoid overt self-promotion' at this link. Feb 7 '19 at 22:55
  • I see it as sharing information and don't see as self-promotion as this work is already in the public domain to much acclaim. Feb 19 '19 at 14:45
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    Ok, but it's helpful to add a disclaimer that you are quoting from your own work. Without that it looks like advertising? Feb 19 '19 at 14:47

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