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Swami Nikhilanand

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"The Gita is the essence of all of these Upnishads. The knowledge of God is scattered throughout 1,180 Upnishads. The Gita, said by Shree Krishn, consolidates the Divine philosophy of all those Upnishads and gives a clear and precise understanding of several important topics" (Sharma, 2004).
During the course of a 6 day speech at Sarva Dev Mandir in Oxford, Neelu Sharma, Treasurer of Sarva Dev Hindu Mandir, extensively interviewed Swami Nikhilanand. Swami Nikhilanand made the above statement during the course of their conversation.

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