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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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Why are the techniques of kriya yoga a secret while it is mentioned in Gita?

There is an air of secrecy around kriya yoga and its practice. While all teachers/gurus tell that kriya yoga is clearly outlined in the Gita - then what is the point of secrecy ?
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Shankara's Gita Bhasya says that the Self transmigrates. Is this true?

Advaitins mostly believe that the Self doesn't transmigrate and that it's the subtle body (known as jiva/jivatma) that actually does. But then in Shankara's Gita bhasya it is mentioned that the self ...
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Is there any reference that Krishna was connected to Brahman while speaking Gita?

I recently came across a claim that it is not Krishna who spoke Bhagavad Gita, but he was connected to Brahman while speaking Gita. Is there any reference for this?
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What is the deep meaning of this quote?

I was reading the Bhagavad Gita, I confused about this quote: "And that wise person who endures such dual aspect of perception, to whom joy, sorrow are one and same, is eligible for eternal life; ...
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Is there other technique which Lord Krishna has given in Gita to keep our mind steady?

What are the techniques of controlling the mind Lord Krishna has mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita? Some ISKCON member has told me - "Chant Hare Krishna mantra" As you know that would be very ...
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Where can I find a good comparitive study of the prasthana trayi commentaries?

Are there any good editions of texts available online or offline that provide a side by side, comparative study of the commentaries on the Prasthana trayi (Upanishads, Brahma Sutras and Bhagavad Gita)?...
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Why “Margasheersha” month is auspicious?

In "Bhagavad Gita", Bhagwan says "I am Margashirsha amongst the months". But majority of the Hindu festivals and Muhurtas fall not in "Margashirsha" month. In fact, as this Q discusses, "Kartik" month ...
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Why did Vishnu incarnate as Buddha after delivering Gita?

Vishnu as Shri Krishna, delivered Gita as the most hidden knowledge where the soul leaves the body & takes rebirth in a new body. On the other hand Buddha said, there is no soul, it's when the ...
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Why did God made mind so hard to control?

In Bhagwat Geeta Lord Shri Krishna talks a lot about controlling your mind. Like this saying from Bhagavad Gita: “For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who ...
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Nasta Moha in Bhagavad Gita

last time i was reading the bhagavad Gita, i found one word very curious that is nasta Moha . Nasta Moha in Bhagavad Gita? what is exact meaning of nasta Moha ? why lord krishna used ...
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Does Arjuna ever ask Krishna to prove Himself?

In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna (or any of the others) doesn't ask for Krishna a proof of His supremacy/divinity/Godliness. He just assumes Krishna to be divine and correct. Is there a dialogue (chapter ...
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Does Bhagavad Gita say anything about whether a person should eat Vegetarian or Non Vegetarian food?

Does any shloka of Gita say anything about what a person should eat. I am mainly concerned with whether it say anything about Vegetarian or Non Vegetarian diet.
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Conflicting idea about Karma in Bhagavad Gita?

In Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says that he is the reason why anything happens or why someone does something. Also, the mighty God says that, a person will get results according to his karmas(deeds). ...
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What is the meaning and interpretation of Bhagavad Gita 4.11?

One English translation of this verse (by Swami Adidevananda) is as follows Whoever resort to me in any manner, in the same manner do I favour them; men experience Me alone in different ways, O ...
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Does Krishna advocate the use of astrology?

I read the Gita many years ago, and most recently this HSE page. However, I was unable to find an answer. In any text, does Krishna advocate the use of astrology in a worshipers life?
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Does god have a mind? If yes, it is an exception for God that body and mind are temporary, only Atma /Brahman is the permanent?

Does god have a mind? If yes, it is an exception for God that body and mind are temporary, only Atma /Brahman is the permanent?
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Can I follow bhagwat Gita while expecting materialistic enjoyment?

Can I follow bhagwat Gita principles, while working to enjoy my life by buying fancy cars, travelling having girlfriend, etc? Can I practice teachings of gita with a desire to enjoy all ...
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We’re kept from our goal not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal

I've found very many references to "We’re kept from our goal not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal" being from the Bhagavad Gita, but haven't found any references to where in the text....
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Are there any English translations of Madhva's and Ramanuja's Gita Bhasya?

I'm looking for English Translations of Ramanuja's and Madhvacharya's Gita commentaries in physical/printed book format. Are there any English translation of Ramanuja's Gita Bhasya, other than the ...
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Does Bhagavad Gita state that “… Atmaa discards old bodies and assumes new bodies”? [duplicate]

While watching a famous hit Hindi movie Kudarat (1981), I came across a place where the protagonist states below in a court: "In Gita, the blessed lord has told that, how human throws away old ...
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Do our scriptures give way to reduce or cross over Prarabdha Karma? [duplicate]

It is stated that Prarabdha Karma is the one which the person has to undergo without a doubt and cannot be changed unlike other Karma-s which can be changed. But do we have a way to cross or ...
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Prohibitions on Brahmins regarding reading Bhagavad Gita

Why Hindu Brahmins were not allowed by other castes,which includes Kayasthas to read BHAGVAD GITA and were (discouraged by Hindu Bramhan Gurus also}during a distinct period of history? Is there any ...
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How long does it take for an atma to take rebirth? [duplicate]

According to Bhagavad Gita atma keeps on taking rebirth.So my question how long does it take for an atma to take rebirth?
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How can all deities be equal when the Bhagavad Gita says the opposite?

Modern Smarthas often claim all deities are equal and that worshipping any deity grants liberation. However, we find in the Bhagavad Gita that Krishna makes a fine distinction between Him and the ...
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How can we lead a life without attachments? [duplicate]

In Bhagavad gita it was said that attachment is the main reason for our sorrows and it seems more difficult for me to follow because life seems nothing without attachments. So my question is what is ...
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Have there been any non-Vedantic commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita?

The Bhagavad Gita is considered one of the key principal text in the Vedanta school along with the Mukhya Upanishads and the Brahma Sutras. There have been many commentators on the text by members of ...
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What is the ultimate destination for souls in Bhagavad Gita?

The English translation of Bhagavad Gita isn't quite perfect to what actually Krishna conveyed in Bhagavad Gita. When I read that, there Lord Krishna mentions the word, Paramatma, Parameshwar in so ...
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Is it true that the total number of souls remains constant as per Bhagavad Gita? [duplicate]

According to Gita,is it true that the total number of souls remains constant?
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Does the individual soul actually feel pleasure or pain?

In Gita ch.13 v23 , the Lord says that the Supreme Purusha in this body is the upadrista (observer) , the anumanta (permitter) , bharta (supporter) and bhokta (the experiencer / the one who ...
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What are the “Three Worlds” referred to in the Bhagavad Gita 3.22?

What are the "three worlds" being referred to in this shloka of the Bhagavad Gita? न मे पार्थास्ति कर्तव्यं त्रिषु लोकेषु किञ्चन | नानवाप्तमवाप्तव्यं वर्त एव च कर्मणि || 3.22|| na me ...
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What is the true meaning of mat-karma in the Bhagavad Gita?

In the Bhagavad Gita we have it at least in two places: mat-karma paramo bhava - (12.10) and mat-karma-kṛit mat-paramo - (11-55) We know the literal meaning of mat-karma. For instance in the ...
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How does the quality of “Tamas” viz. “ignorance”, affect Moksha/Liberation?

There are 3 qualities for any being or existence, named as : Sattva (illumination), Rajas (passion), Tamas (ignorance). Gita discusses them in great detail. According to it, the quality of Rajas is ...
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Does Vishnu love or not love?

In the ninth discourse of the Gita, 29th verse, Vishnu says: There is no one whom I hate or love and then only a few pages later, in the tenth discourse, 1 st verse, Lord Vishnu states: Listen ...
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What is the meaning of “renunciation of fruit/result of actions”?

BG in 12.12 says śreyo hi jñānam abhyāsāj jñānād dhyānaḿ viśiṣyate dhyānāt karma-phala-tyāgas tyāgāc chāntir anantaram “...better than meditation is renunciation of the fruits of action.....
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In the Gita, the Lord said the soul does nothing. Then who does?

Krishna says in Gita that all the activities are done by the body and the soul does nothing. I find this statement hard to believe. We all know that without the soul, the body is nothing but a corpse....
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Is a neutral person in a religious war equal to enemy, according to GITA?

Is a neutral person in a religious war equal to enemy, according to GITA?
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Was Krishna himself a stithpragya purusha?

I am an avid follower of Krishna's Bhagavad Gita. I came across the following Krishna mentions śrī bhagavān uvāca prajahāti yadā kāmān sarvān pārtha manogatān | ātmany-evātmanā tuṣṭaḥ sthita-...
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What is the difference between Jijnashu and Jnani Bhaktas mentioned in Bhagavad Gita?

There are four types of Bhaktas (devotee) mentioned in Srimad Bhagavad Gita: Arta (आर्त​) Artharthi (अर्थार्थी) Jijnashu (जिज्ञासु) Jnani (ज्ञानी) चतुर्विधा भजन्ते मां जनाः सुकृतिनोऽर्जुन। आर्तो ...
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Cause of Evil, as per Theistic Vedanta?

If Parameshvara is svatantra karta as per Vedanta, and if everything pre decided as per lords will, whatever we're doing is God doing actually, so is he the Cause of Evil
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Are BG 8.23 - 8.26 interpolations?

From here: O best of the Bhāratas, I shall now explain to you the different times at which, passing away from this world, the yogī does or does not come back. 8.23 Those who know the ...
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How king Janaka attained perfection through karma-yoga?

कर्मणैव हि संसिद्धिमास्थिता जनकादय: | लोकसंग्रहमेवापि सम्पश्यन्कर्तुमर्हसि || Shlok 20, Chapter 3, Bhagvat Geeta. Lord Krishna had given an example of king Janaka for how to attain a perfection ...
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Will non-vegetarians won't get liberation?

It is said that non-selfishness(nishkaama karma) lead to liberation by Sri Krishna in bhagavad gita. Then there are so many people (some crores of people) arround us, killing animals and then eating ...
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How do I prove casteism is not an inherent part of Hinduism?

I understand Bhagavad gita says varna is by profession and not by birth. But how should I explain it to a non-hindu or an atheist who is too ignorant to read hindu books and argues that casteism is an ...
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How does Swami Vivekananda's psychological theory of Varna interpret Gita verses 4.13, 18.41-47?

Gita verses 4.13 and 18.41-47 have been traditionally interpreted in terms of birth into endogamous groups called castes. Swami Vivekananda has provided us with an alternative interpretation many ...
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Is K.M. Ganguli's translation of the Anu Gita correct?

The Anu Gita is a discourse given by Shree Krishna to Arjuna after the Mahabharata war when the latter confesses that he had forgotten the discourse given by Krishna on Kurukshetra before the war i.e. ...
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Do ISKCON versions of Hindu scriptures qualify as Hindu scripture? [closed]

ISKCON has more or less denied being Hindus. They claim to use some Hindu scriptures but their translations are sometimes different from translations by established Hindu sources. Does their work ...
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Non fruitful actions [duplicate]

Isnt it slightly confusing bcz everyone in this world struggle hard for his work to get completed for some specific reason like success,money,etc.How it is really possible not think abt outcome. Also ...
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Detachment and non fruitful actions

Isnt it slightly confusing bcz everyone in this world struggle hard for his work to get completed for some specific reason like success,money,etc.How it is really possible not think abt outcome. Also ...
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The Varna system and capitalism

I usually tend to accept most of the teachings of Gita pretty easily. However, I can not easily digest the verse 18.47: It is better to engage in one's own occupation, even though one may perform ...
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What is the view of Vedanta sect on yoga and sankhya?

I have heard that in the vedanta sutras there is some criticism about yoga and sankhya sects. However in geeta we find that yoga is the main.subject and there are also chapters like sankhya yoga. ...