Saturday, September 4, 2010

Gita- An Introduction

 The Bhagavad Gita (meaning "Song of God") is a Sanskrit text from the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata epic. 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 Bhagavad Gita is revered as sacred by the majority of Hindu traditions, and especially so by followers of Krishna. It is commonly referred to as The Gita.

In the story of Mahabharatha, the Pandavas had been pushed into war by the Kauravas, to fight for a kingdom, which rightfully belonged to the Pandavas. After many years of failed negotiations and humiliations, Pandavas ceded to wage a war against their own cousins, in order to get their kingdom.

In Gita, the main protagonist is Arjuna, who was the greatest archer of his time and was one of the Pandava brothers.This book is a conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna in the battle field of Kurkshetra. This conversation happened just after the war had been declared by both the sides, and before the first arrow had been fired. This situation, in which the conversation took place, makes it very phenomenal.

It contains the entire hindu philosophy of Vedas, Upanishads and the Puranas, and is enough to inspire a person into great vigour, no matter how despondent his life situation may be.

The most incredible thing about this book is that , the philosophy contained in this book, is very practical and applicable even in our present day, 5000 years after it was first narrated by Krishna and written by Vyasa

The entire Gita has been divided into 18 chapters. The following posts will contain the summarized version of each chapter, and the videos shall contain the original slokas.These summaries would  have the influence of the commentaries of Swami Chinmayananda on Gita

Stay Tuned :)

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