Gita is believed to be a chief text of vedanta.

It is one of the three fundamental texts of vedanta.

It is said that the first mention and commentary of gita is done by sankara which is about 1000 years ago.

Is there any text prior to sankara bhashya which mention about it ?

Any scholars prior to sankara who quoted it ?

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    But teachings of Geeta are not VedAntic directly. Lord Krishna himself said in Geeta - the knowledge is more secret than VedAnta. Although all VedAnta systems include BG as their part but the original VedAnt which was existing during Krishna's time obviously didn't have Krishna's teachings in any form. I think earlier VedAnta means only Upanishad & Brahmasutras ( not Brahmasutras which are present today.) Dec 24, 2017 at 0:27
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    Mahabharata (as present in sacred-text) has Gita as part of Bhishma Parva.
    – iammilind
    Dec 24, 2017 at 2:28
  • @iammilind same.mbh of sacred text says that santi parva is an interpolation. Anyway question is why its not quoted by anyone before him whether or.not its part of mbh. If indeed so.much important Dec 24, 2017 at 2:31
  • "If no How come there is no mention of such an important text (vedanta) prior to sankara" would be opinion based only.
    – Pandya
    Dec 24, 2017 at 16:26
  • @Pandya If its part of prasthana trayi then it should be quoted like the.upanishad Dec 24, 2017 at 16:35

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Is there any text prior to sankara bhashya which mention about it?

Yes ,Shandilya Bhakti Sutras mentions Shreemad Bhagvat Gita . Rishi Shandilya is said to be the author of Shandilya Bhakti Sutras during the time period of the Mahabharata (300 BCE. ). However the exact date of the text is a point of debate among scholars. Here is Shandilya Bhakti Sutra no. 83.

सैकान्तभावो गीतार्थप्रत्यभिग्य्नाज्ञानात् || 83||

Sa Ekanta Bhava Gitartha Prati abhijnanat

One who understood the essence knows that true purport of the Gita is exclusive and unalloyed devotion to Godhead.

This sutra is pointing towards the Bhagavad Gita Shlokas 6. 30 , 9.22 ,9.34 , 11.55 ,12.6 etc.

We can download Narada and Shandilya Bhakti Sutras both in Sanskrit-Hindi here.


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