The bhagavad gita
The Bhagavad Gita, otherwise known as "Song of God" is known for its important role as a sacred scripture in the Hindu belief. It has been considered to be one of the most important religious and sacred religious classic ballads or songs known throughout history. However despite it’s wide-spread popularity and renown, not everyone knows exactly what the Bhagavad Gita is in this day and age. Especially as our culture becomes immersed in the tidal wave of making money, and less about finding ones self spiritually.
Bhagavad Gita is known for it’s stunning seven hundred verses, and it’s place in the Mahabharata as well. Before you ask, no that isn’t a typo! The Bhagavad Gita does indeed hold a staggering seven hundred verses. Making it by far one of the longest and hard-to-remember songs known to man these days. However, it is well worth learning!
In the Hinduism religion, the teacher of this "Song of God", or the Bhagavad Gita is Krishna. Of whom has been regarded for decades to be the supreme manifestation of Lord, God, or the all mighty being, otherwise known as Bhagavad (or the divine one) himself.
While you now know that it has a many verses for you to remember, and it’s loving nickname if not the full name of the song. There is much more to learn about this ancient song. Such as the many other meanings for this phrase or name, as well as the overall history. Not everyone has this information readily accessible, much less in an entertaining fashion. For this reason we have taken the time to teach you a little more about the Bhagavad Gita. In hopes that it can further your knowledge in this well-deserving subject, without boring you to tears.
In the "Lords song", "Song of God" otherwise known as Bhagavad Gita or "The Gita" for short. The story of Krishna and Arjuna is told. The lyrics first take you to a spot there on the battlefield, before the first blow of the Kurukshetra war was struck. It was the overall moral dilemma that Arjuna had felt, and had begun to dwindle him down. That brought Krishna to emplane to Arjuna his overall duties as a warrior prince. However, it doesn’t stop there! No, that wouldn’t even begin to cover the massive seven hundred verses within this song.
Once he has come to speak to Arjuna, Krishna begins to elaborate on the Yogic and Vedantic philosophies within the belief. Making of them examples and confirming those examples with easily understood analogy’s to guide him. Thus gaining the Bhagavad Gita the description of the guide of Hindu philosophy. Often times utilized to teach those who may not already understand the rules and thoughtfulness in this practical and self-sung guide to one’s personal life.
The Bhagavad Gita was even once described by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to be the lighthouse of eternal wisdom. It is astonishing at how powerful this song can be in one’s life. It is thought to have the power or ability to inspire any man or woman to seek the supreme being, or to accomplish and enlighten one’s own life. It has been thought to bring those men and women closer to their god, allowing them to almost feel or touch that which Arjuna had seen and felt within the lyrics. To find themselves almost face-to-face with Krishna’s divine universal form.
As if this song didn’t have enough names it is known by. The Bhagavad Gita (The Gita) is also lovingly referred to as Gitopanisad. Otherwise implying that it has the status of Upanishad. It The Upanishad, which is a Vedantic scripture is of course a sacred thing. Especially since the Gita is known to be drawn directly from Mahabharata. Of which itself is classified or considered to be that of yet another ancient text. Thus giving The Gita another loving term of endearment " Moksasastra" which translates to "Scripture of liberation", which is primarily used in the teachings of Upanishadic culture and beliefs.
Now to get down to the meat of the Bhagavad Gita (The Gita). It is known (or rather thought) to have occurred in the Bhishma Parva. It is thought or attributed to the author named Vyasa, otherwise know as the one who had compiled the Mahabharata. However, it is still uncertain whether or not this is true. Though almost anyone who knows anything about the Bhagavad Gita will argue that it true, if you state otherwise. So, for arguments sake we will agree with the masses and not stir the pot. Especially with thousands of years backing up their beliefs on the author of this brilliant song.
Unlike many other ballads or songs, the Gita is broken down into chapters. Simply because it’s over-all bulky seven hundred verses are simply impossible to keep track of otherwise. While the agreed upon number of verses is seven hundred now, it has been argued that there were indeed seven hundred and forty five original verses that were whittled down. However, it is unknown what the last forty five of those verses are, and whether or not they have ever truly existed.
Utilizing Sanskrit meter (otherwise known as chhandas) in combination with similes, metaphors, and it’s overall poetic form. It gives way to it’s traditional method of singing it as a chance easily. Thus making it by far one of the most widely enjoyed religious songs around today.
Unlike some of the many Sutras that our booming yoga population may know and understand. The Bhagavad Gita has been represented pre-dating the Christian era by many years. While the exact composition of the Bhagavad Gita isn’t known (unlike the speculation of it’s author and translator), it can be dated all the way back to either the fifth or second century before Christ. Thus making it an incredible song that has lasted for thousands of years, making it’s popularity and renowned that much more impressive in modern times.
While many people consider yoga to be a new trend in the here-and-now of our busy metropolitan life-styles. That simply isn’t the case. The first signs of the practice of yoga can be even found in the Bhagavad Gita itself. Within those verses Krishna claims that the knowledge of Yoga was first introduced to man-kind at the beginning of their very own existence. While this verse cannot be proven, that yoga has indeed been around since the dawn of man and woman. It can prove that the knowledge and practice of yoga is as old, if not older then the Bhagavad Gita itself. Making it a long-standing tradition within many different communities and cultures. Although it is thought to have started within this very own religion.
Despite the fact that no one can seem to pin down the exact year or date that the Bhagavad Gita was created. It is know to have some of the world’s most timeless teachings around within it’s verses. Otherwise known as a significant scripture in it’s own right. Giving it spiritual and emotional significance in many people’s lives. Making them strive for the betterment of their own lives, as well as their community to practice as preached to them within this song.
While the depth of the Bhagavad Gita can be considered simply the meeting of one Pandava prince Arjuna and Krishna. There is much more substance then simply a meeting that many consider to be a great blessing on it’s own. However, it is the teachings within their meeting that has brought the Bhagavad Gita from history to the world we now live in today. Allowing it to withstand the test of time.
It is within the Bhagavad Gita (The Gita) that the five basic concepts or "truths" are touched upon and explained. From Ishvara (The supreme controller, Jiva (Living beings or the soul), Prakrti (matter), Dharma (duty), and Kaala (Time). They are all discussed in great depths within the verses of this beloved religious song. Thus helping it to keep it’s title of being one of the best tools in teaching through song. Enabling believers to remember their religion and its teachings easily through chanting.
Now we can take a little closer look into the chapters (or verses) found in the Bhagavad Gita While it is common knowledge that there are seven hundred verses to the Bhagavad Gita, not many people know or understand nay of the chapters that have been chanted throughout many different cultures and lives.
While we don’t have enough of a series to cover all of the verses at length, you may be happy to learn a brief history and an over-all look at the seventeen chapters that include all seven hundred verses.
In the first chapter of the Bhagavad Gita Arjuna asks Krishna to move his chariot between the feuding armies. This of course is brought on by the noticing of family and the un-want to find them by Arjuna. Seeking a way out of the fight.
However, in turn Krishna retorts with the wisdom that only the physical body can die. However he has a duty to uphold as a warrior. Especially since he had chosen the path of dharma through the overall steps of warfare. Thus making Arjuna think of his path, and ask that Krishna explain so that he might better understand.
It is through the third chapter that Arjuna asks why he should continue in the fight. Simply because knowledge is more important then action even in war. However, Krishna stresses that performing his duty in war is for the greater good, and should be upheld. Though confusing to Arjuna, Krishna begins the fourth chapter by explaining about his many births and lives. His teaching of yoga and the protection of the pious. Although with this protection came destruction of the impious. Which is a two-fold act. But both being equally important.
Throughout the remaining chapters, the teachings of Krishna in the path of knowledge (Jnana Yoga), as well as the many different terms such as brahman, karma, and atman are explained. Thus concluding with Arjuna being asked to surrender unto Krishna, being that this act is the ultimate perfection of life. Simply, that Arjuna do as he asks, to follow the path that he has chosen.
If you still aren’t filled to the brim with knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita, it is possible to learn much more. By purchasing books, or even researching the topic further.
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