Here are some Interesting facts about Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is a part of Mahabharata (Chapters 25 to 42) which is an epic scripture of Hinduism. It is composed of 700 Sanskrit verses or shlokas spread over 18 chapters.
- The epic is divided into three sections each consisting of six chapters. The meaning of Gita is “Song of God”.
- Gita is a conversation between Arjuna and Krishna at the battlefield of Kurukshetra. During the battle when Arjuna was in a dilemma whether to fight his own relatives and was wondering as to what is right and what is wrong, he started asking questions to Krishna.
- Answers of Krishna to Arjun’s questions formed Bhagavad Gita.
- The narration of the Bhagavad Gita by Krishna was believed to be heard not only by Arjuna but also Hanuman, Sanjaya, and Barbarik, son of Ghatotkach.
- It is counted in the Upanishads scriptures. Out of the total 700, Sri Krishna told 574, Arjun told 85, Dhritarashtra-1 and Sanjay told 40 shlokas of Bhagavad Gita.
More Interesting facts about Bhagavad Gita
- The main theme of Gita is Dharma (Duty). It describes the different Yoga-Bhakti, Karma, and liberation.
- The word 18 dominates the Bhagavad Gita. 18 in Sanskrit defines Sacrifice. Another name of Mahabharata is Jaya Itivrata (Itihaas) and there are 18 Parvas and 18 chapters in Gita. It is said that the size of the Pandavas army in the Kurukshetra war was 7 Akshauhini, and Kauravas had 11 akshauhinis, totaling 18.
- Gita was originally written in classical Sanskrit, and till date, it is translated into approximately 175 languages.
- Charles Wilkins translated the Gita in English for the first time in 1785 and later it was translated into different European languages.
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Teachings of Bhagavad Gita
- The epic teaches that the body is temporary and the soul is permanent. Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita defines the human body as a piece of cloth. A person should be identified not with the body but with the soul. Just like worn out clothes are replaced by the new ones; the soul of a person acquires a new body.
- It also teaches to control the anger. Lord Krishna says that anger can turn a person into a fool. Anger is the fundamental cause of all the failures in a person’s life. It is one of the three main gates of hell, the other two are greed and lust.
- In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that a person is bound to fail in meditation if he does not strike a balance in his day to day activities. Meditation can help a person to overcome from all sadness but one must eat and sleep well and work daily.
- Work is the most important thing and one must work with dedication without worrying about the results.
- It says that you would know the Reality about yourself, who you are and what you are really.
- Cultivate sattva or purity to experience the love for God and understand the true meaning of surrender, sacrifice and devotion.