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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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What does “prescribed duties” mean? How do I differentiate between prescribed duties and unprescribed duties?

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?

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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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 ...