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The Bhagavad-Gita

First Online: August 15, 2004
Page Last Updated: October 31, 2016

 

What is Bhagavad-Gita?

The Bhagavad-Gita (also known as Bhagavad-Gita, Bhagawadgita or simply as The Geeta) is a spiritual verse in Sanskrit language composed around the first century B.C to first century A.D. It encapsulates the essence of profound philosophies of Hinduism in a simple form, and is widely chanted by the devotees.

The poem is set as a war-time conversation between Lord Krishna and his relative, warrior Arjuna during the epic war of Mahabharata, and consists of eighteen chapters. During the last two thousand years many great sages and saints have provided review and commentaries of the Bhagavad-Gita, which by itself is a very short and concise masterpiece.

The influence of Bhagavad-Gita on Hindu philosophy and culture is huge.

Table of Contents

Bhagawad-GitaThe Song Celestial
The Bhagavad-Gita is Hinduism in a nutshell. A commentary on the sacred poem.
Gandhi on Gita
A primary inspiration for Gandhi came from the Indian epic of Bhagavad-Gita. Article on the influence of Gita on Gandhi.
How I wrote 'Gita-Rahasya'
Lokamanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak writes that "Gita does not preach renunciation". He says Gita preaches action, and asks everyone to study Gita for its philosophical beauty.

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