Famous personalities who drew inspiration from the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita has divine powers. It has been referred to as a way of life by many. The Gita has been religiously followed by millions of people across the world. Its readers are diverse – and not limited to Hindus and Indians. Written in Sanskrit, the 700 verses of Gita have been translated in over 75 languages. This holy book has transformed the lives of many people. Here are some famous personalities who were greatly inspired by the Gita. 

1. T. S. Eliot

This Nobel laureate’s work was hugely influenced by the Gita. He studied Sanskrit language and Indian philosophy at Harvard. Eliot’s writings reflect upon the teachings of the Gita. ‘The Dry Salvages’ and ‘The Waste Land’ are some of his poems that draw inspiration from the scripture. 

T. S. Eliot
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2. Warren Hastings

The first Governor General of British India took keen interest in the Gita. Apparently, he presented a copy of the holy book to the chairman of the East India Company. He also supported Charles Wilkins who was the first one to translate the Gita into English. 

First Governor General of British, Warren Hastings
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3. Sunita Williams

Sunita Williams created and broke many records with her various space expeditions. In 2006, this American astronaut took a copy of the Bhagavad Gita along with her. While in space, she read the Gita to reflect upon herself, life, and the world around. 

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4. Hermann Hesse

This German poet and Nobel Prize winner was deeply inspired by the Gita. “The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life’s wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion”. This is what he had once said about the holy book. 

Nobel Prize winner Hermann Hesse
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5. Annie Besant

She was among the many theosophists who learnt life lessons from the Bhagavad Gita. This British socialist translated the scripture into English in 1895. Her interpreted work of the Gita is known as ‘The Lord’s Song’. 

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6. Jawaharlal Nehru

The first prime minister of India, Pandit Nehru, had huge regard for the Gita. He believed that “it is a call of action to meet the obligations and duties of life”. According to him, "The Bhagavad Gita deals essentially with the spiritual foundation of human existence”. 

First prime minister of India, Pandit Nehru
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