The Gita is part of the work of the Mahabharata , a long and complex writing from Indian culture. There are Seven hundred verses in the Gita , it is an epic story about a war between good and evil. There are eighteen chapters each with teachings of yoga. The Gita is translated as being “the song of the blessed one”.
The Gita tells the story with two main characters , Arjuna the warrior son and Krishna the beloved teacher. It is set on a battlefield as Arjuna is about to fight against other members of his family. He is full of sorrow and torment of war and the first chapter tells of his inner conflict. Krishna appears to him and tells him of the path of Karma yoga , the yoga of action. Krishna talks of the right action and says”Yoga is skillfull wisdom in action”.
In the second and third chapters Krishna blesses Arjuna with a few glimpses of yogic light and he opens and reveals the secrets of yoga to him. He talks of re – incarnation and a continuation of a spiritual journey . The paths of devotion and paths of meditation.
The Gita talks about renunciation , desire being totally rejected and free of personal gain the seeker finds freedom. Throughout the story Krishna reveals certain truths to Arjuna and afterwards he says to him ,
“Arjuna , having fully refected on wisdom fully , do as you like” 18.63
When someone has transcended the three qualities of the gunas , rajas , tamas , sattwa the secrets of the world are known.
See the truth
Feel the truth
Be the truth
Reveal the truth
Manifest the truth
The west says it’s special offering to the world was the New Testament and the east has the Gita in return.
The Bhagavad Gita – commentary Sri . Chinmoy
The Bhagavad Gita – Eknath Easwaren
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