New Delhi, Dec 03: A spiritual awareness organisation in the Capital has brought out the first ever Braille version of Hindu scripture Shrimad Bhagwad Gita for the visually impaired.
Rambhadracharya, the head of Ramanandcharya Tulsi Peetha from Chitrakoot a visually impaired scholar himself, released the Braille version last week at a function organised by the Adhyatmika Chetana Samiti at a blind school here.
"We have already printed different books like Krishna Chalisa, Durga Chalisa, Hanuman Chalisa, Sundar Kand. We have added Shrimad Bhagwad Gita to the same list, which has been printed in three parts in Braille language," said Pandit Ramkumar Sharma, Founder and Chairman Adhyatmika Chetana Samiti.
"These are the spiritual scriptures, the treasure of saints which many children are completely unaware of. They can't read it and they can't understand it, the only reason being the lack of availability of books in Braille language," Pandit Sharma added.
Various social and religious organisations from different parts of country participated in the function.
Manohar Lal Buddhiraj, President of Dharmika Mahasangha, Delhi chapter said that it was a long cherished dream coming true to bring out the Gita in Braille.
"Our blind friends will be able to cherish everything that we get by reading Bhagwad Gita with our eyes. By reading Bhagwad Gita, they will not face problems and the difficulties that they are facing today. We were involved in this project for past six years," said Manohar Lal Buddhiraja, President, Dharmika Mahasangha, Delhi chapter.
Teachers and the students of the Blind School said that after availability of holy books in Braille language, they will be able to understand philosophy and religious ethics easily and more clearly.
"We used to hear about it what Krishna has said something about the Hindu culture. He delivered a sermon to Arjuna. But today we can read it ourselves by our hands and we feel every single letter. When we read every word ourselves then we will be able to understand it's real meaning well," said Anant, a student, Adhyatmika Chetna Samiti, Delhi.
Adhyatmika Chetana Samiti has plans to provide the copies of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita free of cost to the visually impaired. The spiritual organisation has been active in the welfare of the visually challenged since being founded in 2004.
Shrimad Bhagwad Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra just prior to the start of a climactic war.
Responding to Arjuna's confusion and moral dilemma, Krishna explains to Arjuna his duties as a warrior and Prince and elaborates on a number of different Yogic and Vedantic philosophies, with examples and analogies.
This has led to the Gita often being described as a concise guide to Hindu philosophy and also as a practical, self-contained guide to life.
First Published: Monday, December 03, 2007, 00:00