Swami Vivekananda On Bhagavad Gita
2. What is the real meaning of his saying so?
And let us look in to his actual quote about Gita and football. His actual words go like this. “You will be nearer to heaven through football than through the study of the Bhagavadgita”.
He did not mean not to study Bhagavadgita, but he did ask all of us to get rid of our weakness in any form by being strong physically and intellectually. If we are weak physically or unhealthy, we cannot accomplish our duties in a correct manner and we cannot pursue spirituality. Misery is the product of timidity or weakness. Physical weakness leaves us defeated and mental weakness leads us to disastrous stress. To know yourself is to strengthen yourself. Religion comes afterwards the inner realisation. This is the inner meaning of the above said quote of Swami Vivekananda.
Jai Maha Kali