Even the Gita Says The Hindu Scriptures Are Unnecessary to the Wise

by Aranyakananda

One of my favorite things about Hinduism is a line in the Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter 3, verse 46, which reads thusly:

To the knower of Brahman (Spirit), all of the Vedas (scriptures) are of no more utility than is a reservoir when there is a flood from all directions.

Critics like to ask how one can follow a religion whose own scriptures appear to disregard each other.

From my earliest earnest attempt to find truth in the Christian Bible, I found in Matthew 5:18, that:

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Sounds great! The problem with that was that I could see many examples showing this to be untrue, at least in how the Bible was taught and followed. I knew that the “Law” (the Old Testament) was disregarded often, and more than just a “jot and tittle” of it.

Nor did I really want a religion where “the book” was forevermore, but a guiding light toward the finish line or whatever metaphors I liked to use back then. To find in Hinduism that the Gita, which itself is a recounting of the Vedas, tells us “Hey, listen, the Vedas are great (in fact they are Sruti, or divinely inspired), but you are pure Spirit, which is beyond any scripture, even the Vedas (and by extension this very Gita,” was refreshing. They are there for a reason, to get us to the point of full understanding of our transcendental nature, then they can, in fact must be shed and left behind like this very mortal body in which we reside until that time.

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1 Response to Even the Gita Says The Hindu Scriptures Are Unnecessary to the Wise

  1. Dhrishti says:

    So nice! Well said, bhai.

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