I am experiencing great happiness that I have been invited to speak a few words in this assembly of scholars on the occasion of Gītā Jayantī.
Why did the Gītā become manifest? Gītā is one of the Upaniṣads; in other words the essence of all the Upaniṣads has become this Gītā.
pārtho vatsaḥ su-dhīr bhoktā
dugdhaṁ gītāmṛtaṁ mahat
All the Upaniṣads are likened to cows, and the milkman of these cows is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Pārtha (Arjuna) has taken the form of a baby calf. To benefit the entire universe, this Gītā, which is equivalent to nectar, has thus become available for the benefit and auspiciousness of the entire universe.
One special matter: Arjuna is an eternal associate of Kṛṣṇa; he can neither be enchanted by the illusory energy nor have any doubts. But Kṛṣṇa, in order to give us this transcendental knowledge and to give devotional love of God, inspired Arjuna to ask questions regarding auspiciousness for the universe…
Therefore, please first understand that Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Lord, and His speaking to Arjuna was the means for propagating His philosophy. The Gītā is not only for one specific time period; it is for all times. It is beginningless, endless, and eternal. As many problems as are possible in the cycle of birth and death, their solutions are to be found in the Gītā.