Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Bhagavad Gita: Introduction

Krishna Reveals the Nature of Time & Duty to Arjuna on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra

I am ecstatic because going through the ' Bhagavad Gita', has truly been a blessing. Now all of the 18 Chapters will be available for Her devotees and Adi Shankracharyaji has beautifully expressed this sentiment as"Amba twaam" or "Oh Ma Gita!"

A philosophical poem, the Gita is sung first for the benefit of Arjuna, the archer-warrior who is a devotee of Krishna, on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, and then for all living beings who might follow in Arjuna's footsteps.The Bhagavad Gita is indeed Krishna's song that describes the cause of all incarnations of the divine.

The sacred text is:

  • An intrinsic part of the Mahabharata, the Gita begins about one-third into the larger epic.
  • The text consists of a lengthy dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna. Krishna answers Arjuna's question as to what he should do since he is committed to two kinds of duties; Kshatriya-dharma where he must protect the innocent and Kula-dharma or duty to the family.
  • The content is compiled of 745 verses and slotted into 18 chapters.

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