I cannot pretend to have studied it then. It was only after some years that it became a book of daily reading.
My Experiments with Truth : Part I, Chap. XX.
2. RESULT OF INTRODUCTION
I ALREADY had faith in the Gita, which had a fascination for me. Now I realized the necessity of diving deeper into it. I had one or two translations, by means of which I tried to understand the original Sanskrit. I decided also to get by heart one or two verses every day. For this purpose, I employed the time of my morning ablutions. The operation took me thirty-five minutesfifteen minutes for the tooth-brush, and twenty for the bath. The first I used to do standing in Western fashion. So, on the wall opposite, I stuck slips of paper on which were written the Gita verses and referred to them now and then to help my memory. This time was found sufficient for memorizing the daily portion and recalling the verses already learnt. I remember having thus committed to memory thirteen chapters. But the memorizing of the Gita had to give way to other work and the creation and nurture of Satyagraha, which absorbed all my thinking time.
My Dictionary of Daily Reference
What effect this reading of the Gita
had on my friends only they can say, but to me the Gita
became an infallible guide of conduct. It became my dictionary of daily reference. Just as I turned to the English dictionary for the meanings of English words that I did not understand, I turned to this dictionary of conduct for a ready solution of all my troubles and trials. Words like aparigraha
(non-possession) and samabhava
(equability) gripped me. How to cultivate and