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Bhagavad Gita is the gist of all Upanishads instructed to Arjuna by Shri Krishna on the battle field of Kurukshetra during the Mahabharata war.

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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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How to get motivated to work if you follow Gita chapter 2, verse 47 [duplicate]

The Bhagwad Gita chapter 2, verse 47 states: karmaṇy-evādhikāras te mā phaleṣhu kadāchana mā karma-phala-hetur bhūr mā te saṅgo ’stvakarmaṇi I am confused, how should one work, then how will ...
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Who compiled Saptasloki Gita and Chatuhsloki Bhagavata?

In the Chatuhsloki Bhagavata and Saptasloki Gita which quotes SEVEN slokas from Srimad-Bhagavatam and Srimad-Bhagavad-Gita respectively, I found NO mention of the words 'Vishnu' and 'Krishna'! But ...
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Where is Bhagavad Gita referred to as Hari Gita?

I heard that Bhagavad Gita is referred to as Hari Gita. I don't know the exact reference. Where is it referred as Hari Gita?
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Sankhya yoga - Bhagvat Gita

I have started reading Bhagvat Gita. I am going through Chapter-2 in which Shri Krishna explains Sankhya Yoga to Arjuna. I would like to understand exactly what the Sankhya Yoga means ? What is ...
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Am I allowed to enjoy work while following the path of Karma Yoga?

Regarding the Bhagavad Gita and Karma yoga, Am I allowed to enjoy the work I do while following the path of Karma Yoga? If yes then doesn't that go against indifference attitude I am supposed to ...
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Is Bhagavad Gita a success manual?

A lot of people I see refer to Bhagavad Gita as success manual, many successful people like Dr. Vivek Bindra, Mahatma Gandhi, and even Einstein. Have referred to it. Does Bhagvad Gita prepares us for ...
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Did Krishna say in Bhagavad Gita “I am in every living being”

Did Krishna say that he lives in every living entity like animal, tree, human etc. If yes, then what actually meaning of Krishna living inside all these> Did he live as Atma or as something else?
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How could King Janaka study Bhagavad-Gita?

In the Bhagavad-Gita-Mahatmya, Bhagavan Vishnu says to Dhara: gitAm Ashritya vahabo bhubhujo janakAdayah/nirdhutakalmashA loke gatAste paramam padam// Meaning: Many kings like Janaka washed ...
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Is Bhagavad-Gita an Upanishad according to the scriptures? [duplicate]

Bhagavad-Gita is simultaneously words of God, mentioned as an Upanishad, the 'Smriti-prasthana' and a part of the 'Itihasa-purana'. The scriptures mention a hierarchy as Vedas and Upanishads > ...
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Will god get angry if I start worshiping another god?

I was really inspired by Krishna, The Supreme Lord... After reading Gita. I became his devotee (not pure one), before reading Gita I was still his devotee... Whenever I used to think of him... I used ...
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Is it necessary to follow all the instructions from Gita?

In bhagvad Gita, God has given so many instructions, is it necessary for one to follow each and every one of them? Or just follow only a few of them?
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Which Mission is implied by the purport of Gita 10.42?

The 'Bhagavad-Gita As It Is', 'the best-selling and most authorative version of this classic of world literature', by Bhaktivedanta Swami, 'the world's foremost Vedic scholar and teacher', reads in ...
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How many times Krishna called Arjuna with different names? And what are those names?

I am curious to know that in Bhagavad Gita, what were the names used by Krishna to call Arjuna to boost him?
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Is it necessary to read the Mahatmya in Bhagavad-Gita?

I read the Bhagavad-Gita every day. There are stories at the beginning of each chapter named "Mahatmya" from the book I have. I skip the story before any chapter of Bhagavad-Gita. My question is ...
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Can Sri Krishna be called 'a person'?

In Gita, Sri Krishna says: 4.6 Though I am birthless, undecaying by nature, and the Lord of beings, (still) by subjugating My Prakriti, I take birth by means of My own Maya. 4.9 He who thus ...
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How does Madhvacharya interpret Bhagavad Gita sloka 18.66?

How does Madhvacharya interpret Bhagavad Gita sloka 18.66? 18.66 sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ Abandon all varieties of ...
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How many and who heard Gita from Lord Krishna? [duplicate]

Since time was stopped when Lord Krishna told arjun gita then how can sanjay would not be stopped and even if he is not stopped due to the blessing of vedvyas then dratrashtra must be stopped.
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Who are the (Sixteen?) Mothers referred to by Sri Adi Sankaracharya?

In His commentary of Gita (9/25), Sri Adi Sankaracharya included "Vinayaka, the group of Sixteen (?) (divine) Mothers, the Four Sisters" in "Bhutas" (Beings worshipped). Who are these Sixteen (?) ...
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How old is the Bhagavad Gita?

I know it was spoken in the battlefield of Mahabharata by Lord Krishna. If Lord Krishna departed around 3102 B.C (the beginning of Kali), the events of the Mahabharata must have occurred before it. If ...
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Was Shankara a bhakta of Saguna Brahman Narayana or did he consider Nirguna Brahman to be supreme?

If Shankara considered Nirguna Brahman superior, or in other words, if he was a promoter of Nirguna Brahman, then why did he mention the name of Narayana (as his ishta devata) in the introduction of ...
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ISKCON's Bhagavad-Gita vs Other Bhagavad-Gitas

I have seen lot of people saying that ISKCON's version of Bhagavad-Gita/commentaries is different from the other Authentic versions. Can people throw light on what all major differences are there in ...
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Where can I read Prasthana Trayi from Satya Sai school?

Satya Sai baba advocated Premadvaita and he explained the prasthana trayi very lucidly. Where can I read his works on bhagavad gita, upanishads and vedanta?
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How many prominent and most accepted commentaries are there on the Bhagavad-Gita?

How many prominent and most accepted commentaries on the Srimad Bhagavad-Gita are there? Which sects or schools of thought are those? Please mention the Vedantic and non-Vedantic schools of thought ...
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Who decided to include only three particular texts in the group called “Prasthanatrayi”? [duplicate]

From Wikipedia: Prasthanatrayi (Sanskrit: प्रस्थानत्रयी, IAST: Prasthānatrayī), literally, three sources (or axioms), refers to the three canonical texts of Divine philosophy, especially of ...
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Why did parshuram curse stotras? Why Gita, Vishnu Sahasranama and Chandika Saptashathi among some more are free form all dosha?

Varahi Tantra says that in the age of Kali yuga, most stotras are cursed by Parashurama and hence are ineffective. While listing the ones which are free from this curse and hence suitable during Kali ...
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Is everything fixed and I (as a limited individual) am not the doer in spite of Heisenberg's uncertainty? [duplicate]

Is everything fixed in spite of Heisenberg's uncertainty and the so called 'doer-ship of limited individuals'? Is there free-will or is life just a movie that we are forced to watch?
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Do any commentators interpret “from yajña arises rain” in BG 3.14 allegorically i.e., not involving a physical sacrifice, fire and smoke?

Bg. 3.14 annād bhavanti bhūtāni parjanyād anna-sambhavaḥ yajñād bhavati parjanyo yajñaḥ karma-samudbhavaḥ Rāmānuja's commentary on this verse points to a verse from Manusmṛti which is ...
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Where I can find Gita-mahatmya in original devanagari script (7 slokas in Devanagari script) from Introduction to Bhagavad-gita of Srila Prabhupada

(1) gītā-śāstram idaṁ puṇyaṁ yaḥ paṭhet prayataḥ pumān viṣṇoh padaṁ avapnoti bhaya-śokādi-varjitaḥ (2) gītādhyāyana-śīlasya prāṇayama-parasya ca naiva santi hi pāpāni pūrva-janma-...
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In saptha vyasanalu, “speaking rudely” is also there or not

In saptha vyasanalu, is speaking rudely is also there? That means man is not by nature rude, only addicted to that character. Please any body explain.
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What happens to the soul of a person who died unnaturally in an accident?

If a religious, generous, kind-hearted person dies unnaturally in an accident what happens to its soul? The person had done great works in his life of 46 years and on the second hand, he was a ...
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Which chapters of Bhagavad Gita should be read for Shanti of the departed ancestors?

What are the specific chapters of Bhagavad Gita that should be read for the Shanti of the departed ancestors/ family members ?
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What is the object to be attained according to Gita?

There are many processes described like bhakti, karma, jnana etc.. What is the object to be attained by these processes? Or What is the goal?
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Karma for the very first birth [duplicate]

It is explained in the Bhagavad Gita that every life is governed by deeds and actions from past life which is why some people are blessed with a silver spoon in their mouth while some suffer, which ...
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Are anthropomorphic features of Krishna referred to during the preaching of the Gita? [closed]

anthropomorphic = "having human characteristics" The Krishna before and after the Gita was of course a person with arms and legs and so forth and participated in the war as a charioteer and even ...
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Does Bhagavad Gita reinforce the caste system? [closed]

so says http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/world/asia/as-bandy.htm The dogmatism employed by the voice of Krishna throughout the Bhagavad-Gita, and the primal importance and almost excessive ...