Questions tagged [bhagavad-gita]

Srimad Bhagavad Gita or Gitopanishad is considered to be the essence of all Upanishads instructed to Arjuna by Shri Krishna on the battle field of Kurukshetra during the Mahabharata war.

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Is Knowledge superior to karma?

In chapter 3 of Bhagvat Geeta, Krishna says knowledge is more important than karma. I could not understand that. Can someone please explain me this?
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How Arjuna fought against Bhishma, Drona without Gita Gyan? [duplicate]

We all know that Arjuna dropped weapons in Kurukshetra war because he couldn't fight against Bhishma and Drona and needed Gita gyan. Bhagwad Gita 1:34-35:-Teachers, fathers, sons, grandfathers, ...
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When did Arjuna know that Karna was his brother

There are different stories of when Arjuna is aware that Karna is his brother. Some say it happened after the death of Karna when Krishna reveals it to the Pandavas. But some say it happens during ...
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Can Arjuna's statements in Bhagavad Gita be taken as pramAna i.e., are they on par with Krishna’s?

Such as 1.41 - When unrighteousness prevails, O Krishna the women of the clan become corrupt; when women become corrupt, there arises intermixture of castes. 1.43 - By the crimes of the clan-...
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Do the words of Krishna in the Gita support birth-based caste? [duplicate]

this is not a duplicate of Does the Bhagavad Gita declare that caste is based on birth? in answer to which the words of Arjuna are cited: 1.41 - When unrighteousness prevails, O Krishna the ...
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Lord Krishna on Free Will?

Verse number 27 of Chapter 3 of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita states प्रकृते: क्रियमाणानि गुणै: कर्माणि सर्वश: अहङ्कारविमूढात्मा कर्ताहमिति मन्यते This translates to All activities are carried ...
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Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam - how to reconcile two different viewpoints?

In Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says that people follow the example of great men. यद्यदाचरति श्रेष्ठस्तत्तदेवेतरो जनः। स यत्प्रमाणं कुरुते लोकस्तदनुवर्तते।।3.21।। न मे पार्थास्ति कर्तव्यं त्रिषु लो...
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Are lord Ganesh ,Lord Subramanya Swamy and Lord Ayyappa are gods or demigods according to bhagavad geeta

Are lord Ganesh , lord subramanya Swamy and lord Ayyappa are gods are demigods according to bhagavad gita
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Did Lord Krishna cry ever?

As per folk stories Dear Lord Krishna cried when He meet his Friend Sudama. Another story is Krishna cried when meeting paternal brother Uddhava in Dwarka. Is there any scriptural reference of the ...
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Is this verse really there in the Bhagavat Gita? Please answer with reference

It would be great if someone could post the reference to this verse from the Bhagavat Gita as I couldn't find it when searched on Google. This is how the verse comes: Birth is not the cause, my ...
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What shloka in Bhagvatgita says that it is a sin to tolerate injustice?

I have seen many pages which attribute this quote to Geeta, but I could not find the shloka which says this.
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Was verse 3.7.2 of Brihadaranyaka upanishad, a forerunner to Sri Krishna's statement in BG?

The verse 3.7.2 of Brihadaranyaka upanishad says : He said, 'Vayu, O Gautama, is that Sutra. Through this Sutra or Vayu this and the next life and all beings are held together. Therefore, O ...
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How Sanjay heard Bhagwad Gita?

As we all know that Bhagwad Gita was told to Arjuna by Krishna in kurushetra. At that time, many people were also present there. Many scholars/people explain that Krishna paused the time when he ...
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Where Gita is mentioned in Mahabharata?

We all know that Gita is a part of Mahabharata. But it is very difficult for me to find it in Mahabharata. Please help me. Note:- Clearly mention the parva and chapter
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Why does bhagwad Gita contradict itself? [duplicate]

Bhagwad Gita chapter 10 आयुधानामहं वज्रं धेनूनामस्मि कामधुक् | प्रजनश्चास्मि कन्दर्प: सर्पाणामस्मि वासुकि:।।28।। I am the Vajra (thunderbolt) amongst weapons and Kamadhenu amongst the cows. ...
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Is there any statement that bhakti destroys karma?

The Bhagavad Gita 4.37 directly and explicitly says that jnAna or knowledge destroys all karmas. मूल श्लोकः - यथैधांसि समिद्धोऽग्निर्भस्मसात्कुरुतेऽर्जुन। ज्ञानाग्निः सर्वकर्माणि भस्मसात्कुरुते ...
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Does Bhagvad Gita 8.5 and 8.6 say that karma can be overcome at time of death?

This is what BG 8.5 and 8.6 say Bhagavad Gita 8.5 Those who relinquish the body while remembering Me at the moment of death will come to Me. There is certainly no doubt about this. Bhagavad ...
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What happens if a mantra / sadhana is siddha?

Basically we everytime come to know that in order to make a mantra / sadhana work for you, it should be siddha first. There are different types of sadhana / siddhi for different purposes. I wanted to ...
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Abhinava Gupta's bhashyam for Srimad Bhagavad Gita?

Does any one know if there really is a Bhashyam for Srimad Bhagavad Gita by Sri Abhinava Gupta? If yes, how can I get a copy? Is it available in print? or is there an online copy? Many thanks in ...
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Why shlok from Gita addresses third person instead of second?

उद्धरेदात्मनात्मानं नात्मानमवसादयेत् | आत्मैव ह्यात्मनो बन्धुरात्मैव रिपुरात्मन: || 5|| Elevate yourself through the power of your mind, and not degrade yourself, for the mind can be the friend ...
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Parbrahman was the real author of Bhagvad Gita and Krishna was the mere medium? [duplicate]

There's one section of Mahabharata after the war where Arjun asks Sri Krishna to recite again the knowledge the latter recited during war, and Sri Krishna rebukes him for having weak memory and says I ...
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Why is Krishna/Vishnu's viswarUpa so fierce?

I have a very straightforward question. This is pertaining to the ViswarUpa displayed by Krishna to Arjuna in the course of the Bhagavad Gita. Krishna/Vishnu is a shAnta and soumya roopa, a very ...
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Did any one use before similar phrase that Sri Krishna used - śhreyān swa-dharmo viguṇaḥ (BG 3.35)?

In Gita Sri Krishna says श्रेयान्स्वधर्मो विगुण: परधर्मात्स्वनुष्ठितात् | स्वधर्मे निधनं श्रेय: परधर्मो भयावह: || 35|| śhreyān swa-dharmo viguṇaḥ para-dharmāt sv-anuṣhṭhitāt swa-dharme ...
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What does “prescribed duties” mean? How do I differentiate between prescribed duties and unprescribed duties? [duplicate]

BhagavadGita fundamentally says that humans should do their "prescribed duties" with purified intellect, abandoning attachment to the fruits of their works, and dedicating them to God. My question is ...
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Can I believe in Sanatan Dharma while not believing in any of the God?

Let's Imagine a person. He does discuss lots of things about Sanatan dharma and how it is different from Abrahamic religions. He does follow the principals of Gita in real life. He also adheres to the ...
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Why create evil? [duplicate]

If the supreme creator has infinite wisdom, then why create both good and evil? Why not only good? Most people would be happier if the world was only good.
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What does the Bhagavad Gita mean when it says caste is based on Gunas? Does it mean trained, external behavior, or genetic predisposition?

What does the Bhagavad Gita mean when it says caste is based on Gunas? Does it mean trained, external behavior, or genetic predisposition? For reference, this verse says, 4.13 - The [social] ...
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Does the Bhagavad Gita declare that caste is based on birth?

Does the Bhagavad Gita declare that caste is based on birth? If so, which verses from the Gita declare that caste is based on birth? What do ancient, Vedantic commentators say?
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Dyana Yog Vs Karma/Bhakti Yog

Upanishads tell us that knowledge alone leads to Mukti. Not true, says Gita...Karma and Bhakti are also valid. If Upanishads are Shruti, and Gita is Smruti, and, if Shruti trumps Smruti, should we ...
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Would justice, punishment accomplishment and dharma establishment take place irrespective of which side Krishna fought for and which side won? [closed]

If you see some of my old questions, you might find that I just can't admit why Krishna should support Pandavas in Mahabharata. It's a very big dilemma for me, for last 1 month. So to clarify it, I ...
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At what age did Arjuna recieve the knowledge of Srimad BhagavadGita from Sri Krishna? [duplicate]

At what age did Arjuna recieve the knowledge of Srimad BhagavadGita from Sri Krishna? Do our holy scriptures mention anything regarding this? Thnks a lot.
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Was Brihaspati mentioned in Rig Veda and Usana mentioned in Rig Veda and Bhagavadgita the same person?

Brihaspati was praised in Rig Veda as follows: गणानां तवा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम | जयेष्ठराजं बरह्मणां बरह्मणस पत आ नः षर्ण्वन्नूतिभिः सीद सादनम || Rig Veda 2.23.1 WE ...
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Why did Sri Krishna say he is Usanas among seers?

Sri Krishna says that he was Ushanas among seers in B.G. वृष्णीनां वासुदेवोऽस्मि पाण्डवानां धनंजयः। मुनीनामप्यहं व्यासः कवीनामुशना कविः।।10.37।। Of the Vrsnis (the members of the Vrsni ...
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How do dvaitins interpret this verse from Bhagavad Gita?

In chapter 8.21, Krishna Paramatma says that eternal unmanifest abode as supreme abode of him and never mentions any separate place as his abode. Bhagavad Gita chapter 8, verse 21: That supreme ...
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Does Lord Krishna tell about Kundalini?

Does lord Krishna talk about Kundalini anywhere in Bhagwat Gita or somewhere else ?
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Bhagavad Gita for Kids

Namaskar, I started reading Bhagavad Gita a few months ago. I am reading shlokas, and their translations from Gita Press version. Now I have a small daughter(7-8 years old). I daily tell/read her ...
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What happens to the soul that attained liberation? Is it ever reborn again?

For example, let us assume a soul that attained liberation at the end of 99 Brahma Years. Now, what happens to soul at the end of a Brahma day? What happens to that soul at the end of 100 years of ...
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What is the most confidential knowledge in Bhagavad-Gita spoken in BG 18.64?

BG 18.62 reads as tam eva śaraṇaṁ gaccha sarva-bhāvena bhārata O scion of Bharata, surrender unto Him utterly. Bg 18.63 iti te jñānam ākhyātaṁ guhyād guhyataraṁ mayā Thus I have ...
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Who were the people that thought Śaṅkarācārya was the author of Bhagavad-gītā?

In his lecture Thoughts on the Gita, Swami Vivekananda says the following. I'm interested in the part that's in bold. THOUGHTS ON THE GITA The book known as the Gita forms a part of the ...
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Two conflicting thoughts among hindus in recent days? [closed]

Our bagavad gita says to not have interest on material world, it talked about kama, krodha, lobha, etc and get rid of them as they cause sorrow in one's life. It says One should not have desires, ...
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Where is the word 'Bhagavad Gita' found?

The most famous of the gitas is Bhagavad-Gita, dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna in the beginning of battle of Kurukshetra. Where is it named as 'Bhagavad Gita'?
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In Bhagavad gIta, why does Krishna talk about his opinions?

In Bhagavad gIta, Krishna's words are supposed to represent the objective truth and not just opinions. However at some places, Krishna talks about his opinions. BG 6.36 asaṅyatātmanā yōgō duṣprāpa ...
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Is BG 16.23 referring to Vedas or dharma śāstras?

BG 16.23 yaḥ śāstra-vidhim utsṛjya vartate kāma-kārataḥ na sa siddhim avāpnoti na sukhaṁ na parāṁ gatim Ignoring the precept of the scriptures, he who acts under the impulsion of passion, ...
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Is it permissible to transgress scriptural injunctions when they are against your conscience? [duplicate]

According to accepted answer for question: What to do when scriptures go against conscience? and the second highest voted answer, it is permissible to transgress scripture when scripture is against ...
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Which verse(s) from the Srimad Bhagavatam was/were quoted by Acharya Abhinavagupta in his commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita?

One of the most iconic objections against the authenticity of the Srimad Bhagavatam is that it was not written by Vyasa but a thirteenth century Vaishnava, named Vopadeva. The substance for this ...
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Is there anything in our scriptures where it says something similar to “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”

I've read the major parts of the Bhagavad Gita where my interpretation is that 'Anyone who is attached to the FRUITS of the reward, he will dwell in misery always'. Now I'm reading many books like '...
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Does Gita support doctrine of eternal samsara?

We find these verses in 16th chapter of Gita. tān ahaṁ dviṣataḥ krūrān saṁsāreṣu narādhamān kṣipāmy ajasram aśubhān āsurīṣv eva yoniṣu āsurīṁ yonim āpannā mūḍhā janmani janmani mām ...
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How is the Visvarupa of Lord Shiva different from the Visvarupa of Lord Krishna?

Lord Shiva showed Visvarupa to Lord Rama as per the Shiva-Gita. Lord Krishna showed the Visva-rupa to Arjuna as per the Bhagavad-Gita. Are these two 'Visva-rupa' Forms identical or different? If ...
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Does Lord Krishna approve propagation of the Gita worldwide?

In the Gita, Sri Krishna orders Arjuna : 18.67 This (Gita) you should NEVER teach to one who is devoid of austerities, NOR to one who is not a devotee. Also, NEITHER to one who does not render ...
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Was Sri Krishna's vishwaroopam seen by anyone before the Gita Upadesha?

In the 11th chapter of Gita; it is said that this vishwaroopam was never seen or heard by anyone before and arjuna needed special divya drsti to witness it. Which i believe is correct. BG 11.6: ...

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