Bhagavad Gita: An introduction

The all illustrious Pandavas are assembled for battle on the field of Kurukshetra facing their cousins, the Kauravas. The Kauravas after a series of abhorrent acts of humiliation and violence to their own cousins the Pandavas, stand filled with greed, envy and anger ready to annihilate the good. Arjuna orders his charioteer to drive him to the center of the battlefield so that he can take a good look at the surrounding army. The masterful charioteer, the god incarnate, Bhagavan Sri Krishna, parks the chariot in the middle of the two armies. Here Arjuna sees his guru, Sri Dronacharya, the master of weapons who taught him everything, the great grand father, elder Bhishma who was like a father to him, his uncle Shalya and his cousins. Emotion hits him hard, “What is the use of a kingdom when all you love are dead and gone?” He drops his bow, the legendary Ghandheeva and kneels in front of his charioteer heart stricken with sympathy and throat tight with melancholy. The charioteer rises and thus begins the Bhagavad Gita.

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Bhagavad Gita, Literally the divine song of god, is a sacred Hindu scripture which comprises roughly of 700 verses and 18 chapters. The authorship of this masterpiece is attributed to Sri-Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa also known as Veda Vyasa. Today it is considered as one of the most important texts in history of literature and theology as it provides concise guide to Hinduism and a practical self-contained guide to life. During the discourse Sri-Krishna bestows the legendary Vishwaroopa (Vishwa – All, Roopa – form) Dharshana to Arjuna, Lord Hanuman (perched atop Bhima’s Chariot) Sanjaya (using Divya Dhrishti, or divine vision bestowed by vyasa) and Barbarika the son of Ghatotghaja as a boon from Sri-Krishna to prove his divinity. The GITA uses war as an allegory, the world is one HUGE battlefield, the Kurukshethra; the 5 senses are the 5 horses and you are the Jeeva the soul. Let Sri Krishna be your charioteer by leaving the fruits of action to him and fight against greed, lust, anger and ignorance like Dhanamjaya (Dhanam “Wealth, Jaya” Victor, IE victor of the Wealth, Arjuna).