Facts About Bhagavad Gita

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Bhagavad Gita is a spiritual treatise that conveys the eternal message of yoga and is a powerful book that explains the norms of everyday life. It is a sacred book of ancient India containing the words of Bhagavan or the Supreme Power.

Fact 1 Meaning Of Bhagavad Gita
Two Sanskrit words make up this ancient Indian scripture namely Bhagavan meaning the All Powerful Personality or God and Gita implying song. Hence sometimes Bhagavad Gita is referred to as The Song of God. Although it is spoken by Lord Krishna to Arjuna, it is called Gita because the rhyming meter of the verses known as “Anustup” are extremely harmonious and when the verses are spoken or read out perfectly it creates a beautiful melody that fills the heart with respect and knowledge and at the same time enlightens the minds regarding worldly life.

Fact 2 Origin Of The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita was originally spoken by Lord Krishna to Arjuna who was the third son of King Pandu, when he was about to fight a battle at Kurukshetra in India against his own kinsmen, the Kauravas. This book contains 700 verses in Sanskrit and is the holy book of the Indians because these verses were spoken by the Almighty God himself just before the battle at Kurukshetra for which this battle ground is considered as holy land. This book is so unique more so as it is a direct conversation between Arjuna and the All-Powerful Lord Krishna. It contains such deep thoughts about worldly matters as well as the right path that will lead men to heaven that the intrinsic value of the Bhagavad Gita cannot be measured.

Fact 3 The Divisions Of The Book
The Bhagavad Gita is not a separate book but is found in the historical Indian epic of Mahabharata composed by VedaVyasa. It contains 18 chapters and the 700 verses composed in the Anustup meter containing 32 syllables in every verse are spread out in these chapters. The 18 chapters are divided into 3 sections and each section is made up of 6 chapters. The 3 chapters deal with separate benedictions that finally lead man to gain freedom from worldly matters to be one with the God. The first chapter is the Karma Yoga that explains the path of actions. The second section is Bhakti Yoga or devotional penance and the last section contains the truth about knowledge known as Jnana Yoga.

Fact 4 Scene Of The Bhagavad Gita
According to the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna uttered these verses to Arjuna just before the Battle of Kurukshetra in 3137 B.C. which was about 35 years after the beginning of Kali Yuga as specified by astrological references. Arjuna could not decide whether to fight the battle or not as it was a war against all his own blood relations, his elders and cousins. So Lord Krishna explained to Arjuna the facts of life and gradually led him from worldly consciousness and mental weakness and doubts towards the path to divine attainment resolving inner conflicts. This is both a practical as well as a spiritual guide for every man.

Fact 5 Implications Of The Bhagavad Gita
The eternal message of the Bhagavad Gita refers to the worldly conflicts between good and evil. Hence He has advised men to analyze their daily activities and thoughts. By following the moderate path as advocated by The Lord everybody can overcome the ignorant thoughts and vices of life and attain freedom of the soul. This treatise helps every man no matter whether he is the busy man or one who is a spiritual aspirant to follow the path of righteousness to attain salvation and be one with The Almighty.

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