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Posted - Mar 12 2007 :  8:57:23 PM  Show Profile  Get a Link to this Message
What is The Bhagavad Gita?

"Bhagavad Gita" means “song of God”. The most widely read scripture in India, sometimes referred to as “the Hindu Bible”. It is an ancient Sanskrit text comprising 700 verses, and is part of the much longer epic, the Mahabharata. In Bhagavad Gita, the path to enlightenment is described, including many of the methods found in the AYP lessons.

Krishna, as the speaker of the Bhagavad Gita, is referred to within as Bhagavan (the divine one), and the verses themselves, using the range and style of Sanskrit meter (chandas) with similes and metaphors, are written in a poetic form that is traditionally chanted; hence the title, which translates to "the Song of the Divine One".

The story develops as a conversation between Krishna and Arjuna taking place on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, just before the start of a climactic war. Responding to Arjuna's confusion and moral dilemma, Krishna explains to Arjuna his duties as a famous warrior and Prince and elaborates on a number of different Yogic and Vedantic philosophies, with examples and analogies. This has led to the Gita often being described as a concise guide to Hindu philosophy and also as a practical, self-contained guide to life. During the discourse, Krishna reveals his identity as the Supreme Being Himself (Bhagavan), blessing Arjuna with an awe-inspiring glimpse of His divine absolute form.

The following AYP lesson may be of interest:
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