26th January is celebrated with great pomp & fervor throughout our country as the Republic Day. It honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect in the year 1950 as the primary governing document of this sovereign & democratic republic. At present, it consists of 448 articles grouped into 25 parts which is law-abiding for nearly 135 crore citizens of this vast, variegated nation.
The most astonishing part is that this Supreme Law of India which sets out fundamental rights, directive principles, and duties of the citizens is required to be changed & corrected every now & then. Despite the difficult supermajority requirement for an amendment to pass, the Indian constitution is the world's most frequently-amended national document which has been altered for more than 100 times since inception.
On the other side, we get information from the Mahābhārat (Śānti-parva) that the same Bhagavad-gita which was imparted to Arjuna was first spoken to sun-god, Vivasvān in the beginning of treta-yuga even before the birth of current Manu. This time is calculated to be roughly 12 crore years in the past. It clearly means that there has not been a single amendment made in this spiritual document from last 12 crore years & it still remains the most suitable text available for guiding the human society in modern times.
Being the largest written constitution in the world with over 1 lakh words in English language, Indian constitution is way too complex for a common man to understand & is therefore often considered as a paradise of lawyers. Whereas, Lord Krishna explained the knowledge of Bhagavad-gita in a very straightforward, lucid manner in just 700 shlokas which can be very easily understood & applied under the guidance of a bona-fide spiritual master.
On the contrary, major part of Indian constitution was borrowed from the Govt. of India Act, 1935 originally drafted by Britishers to rule over India as a slave country & therefore many provisions in it have become obsolete in today’s times. This was the reason that in year 1953, i.e. just after 3 years of its coming into effect, the chief architect of Indian constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was so upset with its drawbacks that during an address in the parliament, he said that he wanted to “burn it out”.
But the philosophy that Bhagavad-gita offers is so universal & advanced that the same science which was explained to Arjuna on planet earth is equally suitable for higher celestial beings residing in heavenly planets situated far-far away from earth that too in a different time scale. It is uniformly applicable irrespective of time, place, circumstances or even species, regardless of whether you are on earth or on the sun, whether you are a tiny human being or a great demigod controlling universal affairs.
The whole idea is not to disgrace or humiliate our reputed constitution but to have a different approach & realize that if we are asked to follow & place our faith in this national doctrine in spite of many imperfections, then that same conviction & solidarity should also be invested in this universal constitution beautifully explained by the creator Himself for our ultimate good.
Just imagine the kind of perfect, unadulterated knowledge & wisdom that we get from such a small book which in itself has a capacity to liberate us from all material miseries & elevate us back to godhead. Therefore, this Republic Day, when you celebrate the anniversary of Indian Constitution, take out time to understand & apply this Universal constitution in your life.