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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What is the justification given by sects that don't believe in supremacy of Narayana for the verses 7.20 and 9.23 of BG

It's often quoted by ISCKONites, esp in BG asitis by Prabhupada that Gita condemns the worship of other demigods. However, a number of instances from Vishnu Purana, Anushasan parva of Mahabharata, and ...
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Why lord krishna said O descendent of Bharat to Arjun? [duplicate]

I have some confusion in chapter 2 verse 18 antavanta ime dehā nityasyoktāḥ śharīriṇaḥ anāśhino ’prameyasya tasmād yudhyasva bhārata Only the material body is perishable; the embodied soul ...
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How can I work without desires?

I have read that humans shouldn't have desires but I am student it becomes sometimes hard to study if I don't have desires to succed I can't imagine because without desires I can't have passion and ...
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The actual meaning of Bhagavadh Gita's chapter 3 verse 14

I have a confusion regarding Bhagavadh Gita's chapter 3 verse 14 - annaadbhavanti bhootaani parjanyaadannasambhavaha | yajnaadbhavati parjanyo yajnah karmasamudhbhavaha The english translator of ...
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What exactly does Bhagavadh Gita say about athesits [duplicate]

First, I have already referred to the following question - Does Bhagavad Gita detest atheists? But that didn't help me. I have been reading a translation of the Gita since a few days; I came across a ...
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why Lord krishna say that wise lament neither for the living nor for the dead?

Gita chapter 2 verse 11 śhrī bhagavān uvācha aśhochyān-anvaśhochas-tvaṁ prajñā-vādānśh cha bhāṣhase gatāsūn-agatāsūnśh-cha nānuśhochanti paṇḍitāḥ Meaning :The wise lament neither for the living ...
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Which Hindu scriptures explicity mention that we take only one birth?

Many people say that Hinduism believes that we take only one birth and after that way go to heaven or hell. As example - In Vedas , there is no mention that we take multiple births. Vedas indicate ...
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Reference for a colloquial saying in Bhagwad Gita

There is an oft quoted statement ,attributed to Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita,that is famous throughout my mother tongue speakers,. (Below is a translation:) The cause(/goal) is what justifies ...
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What is karma? Why god tell to perform duties?

We all know Lord Krishna told Arjuna that "कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन । मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भुर्मा ते संगोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ॥" Perform your actions but do not have any expectation of the ...
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Ideal motive behind action?

Here is what Gita says about the requirement for Samnyasa. Abandonment of all desire-prompted actions is Samnyasa (renunciation) according to the wise. Men of discernment speak of the abandonment of ...
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What is (the definition of)Yoga?

To say that Yoga is simply the name given to the practice of certain asanas,for the body’s well being is narrow and incomplete. From what I infer,the word Yoga means union,literally. Then ,Patanjali’s ...
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Meaning of Bhagwad Gita : chapter 2 verse 8

I have some confusion regarding Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 verse 8 what is the meaning of this verse ? na hi prapaśhyāmi mamāpanudyād yach-chhokam uchchhoṣhaṇam-indriyāṇām
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What's the implication on gender dynamics of Bhagavat Gita 9.32 interpreted according to Dvaita in Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya by Shri Madhwacharya?

Here's the 32nd verse, from chapter 9 of Shrimat Bhagavat gita. मां हि पार्थ व्यपाश्रित्य येऽपि स्यु: पापयोनय: | स्त्रियो वैश्यास्तथा शूद्रास्तेऽपि यान्ति परां गतिम् || 9.32 TRANSLATION (Bhagavat ...
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Is Bhagavad Gita misogynist from the interpretation of A. C. Bhaktivedanta's Version 'As it is'?

I found some misogynist interpretations of Bhagavad Gita in the commentary section from A. C. Bhakti' Prabhupada. Observation 1 For example, in Verse 1:40 he writes, "Such population depends ...
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Moksha or Salvation in Vedas and Vedanta

Are there vedic ways to get mukti other than the vedantic ways ― Karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jñāna yoga, and raj yoga?
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Explain Karmanye

I have heard the verse from Bhagavad Gita that says Karmanye....... Which ask Arjuna to fight,without thinking about the consequences of it,as he has no right to its fruits,and that one should not ...
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Conflict in interpretation of “dharma”

We know of the verse in Bhagavad Gita Yada yada hi dharmasya... But then Sri Krishna also exhorts Arjuna to leave all dharma and surrender to Him alone. So if Sri Krishna descends to protect Dharma ,...
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Why does Krishna say that "I am the light of the sun and the moon..." when the moon has no light of its own?

Chapter 7 Shloka 8: O son of Kunti, I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man. Why did Krishna not ...
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How to know our Swadharma as mentioned in Bhagavad Gita?

As mentioned in Bhagavad Gita that we should follow our own Swadharma rather than copying others but how to know our own Swadharma? One might say that it is the activity without which you tend to be ...
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What did God the Supreme Being create actually: Body or Mind?

In Bhagavad Gita, we encounter these words by Lord Krishna: 'I am the Creator and Sustainer of all living beings'.(Bhagavad Gita 9.5) All 'living beings' are endowed with consciousness that all ...
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Who is Right: Vivekananda or Lord Krishna?

Vivekananda claimed that God the Almighty exists inside every human being, and so he advised to treat everyone as God. But, Lord Krishna said: All living beings dwell in Me, but I do not dwell in ...
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How many different races (castes) were created by Brahma or God ? Where can I get hierarchical order of superior to inferior races (castes)?

Are there only only four types of races created by Brahma namely - Brahman , Kshatriya , Vaishya or Shudras ? Or Even amongst the above four races separate sub-races were created ? Like even among ...
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Is masturbation adharma? Doesnt it form a part of purushartha (kama)? [duplicate]

It is against principles of Brahmacharya. But is it against dharma?
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What is the Rahasyashatra (रहस्यशास्त्र) Sri Abhinavagupta talks about in BG 3.11

In Bhagavad Gita chapter 3.11, Sri Abhinavagupta talks about a text rahasyashastram मूल श्लोक: देवान्भावयतानेन ते देवा भावयन्तु वः। परस्परं भावयन्तः श्रेयः परमवाप्स्यथ।।3.11।। (Sri Abhinavagupta ...
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Does Sanatana Dharma Endorse Animal Sacrifice? [duplicate]

I've heard in Vedic yajna, the sacrifice of animals was a must. Nevertheless, Vedic texts are riddled with contradictions. I've also heard of SrimadBhagavad Gita and Puranas which endorse animal ...
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Point behind Creation [duplicate]

I have read that Sri Krishna creates jeevas periodically(end of Chatur yuga) Questions: a)There must have been a “first time” when God created the Universe(I understand the verse from Bhagavad Gita ...
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Estimation of number of Jivanmukthas in Indian society

According to Krishna in Geetha, one can guess that a single Jivan Muktha may exist in atleast 10,00,000 people Amongst thousands of persons, hardly one strives for perfection; and amongst those who ...
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Is success different for everybody according to Bhagavad Gita?

For instance, there is a child who is a refugee and is still fighting for his community which is on the verge of extinction due to genocide. What is success when we talk about this child's solution? ...
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What is the meaning of unconered? [closed]

Gita Chapter 1 verse 17 Source kashyashcha parameshvasaaha shikhandi cha mahaarathaha dhristhadyumno viraatashcha saatyakischaparaajiataha The king of Kasi, an exellent archer, Sikhandi, the mighty ...
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what is the difference between Pancajanya , Devadatta and Paundram?

pāñchajanyaṁ hṛiṣhīkeśho devadattaṁ dhanañjayaḥ pauṇḍraṁ dadhmau mahā-śhaṅkhaṁ bhīma-karmā vṛikodaraḥ Then, Lord Krsna blew His conchshell, called Pancajanya; Arjuna blew his, the Devadatta; and ...
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Why did many devas along with Vishnu incarnate on earth as major Mahabharat characters during dwapara yuga?

Why were devas born on earth as major Mahabharat characters such as Pandavas, Karna, Krishna, Balram, Bhishma, Abhimanyu, Upapandavas in the first place? Why did gods incarnate on earth?
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Qualification needed for understanding Bhagavad Gita as it is

What are the qualifications one need to understand Bhagavad Gita as it is? Because I have seen many people in first impression misunderstood Gita as it is, and people have much confusion regarding it. ...
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What was Krishna's opinion on inter-caste marriage?

This is a specific question. Please do not quote Smriti Shastras. I want to know what Krishna said about inter-caste marriage in Bhagavad Gita. Was he in favour of it? Or did he criticize it?
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Do Gita talks about or mention Upanishads?

Gita talks about Vedas BG 10.22: I am the Sāma Veda amongst the Vedas, and Indra amongst the celestial gods. Amongst the senses I am the mind; amongst the living beings I am consciousness. It also ...
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On receiving gifts and charity

Swami Vivekananda wrote the following commentary for Sutra 2.30 of Patanjali Yoga Sutras: Receiving is just as bad as stealing; receiving gifts from others. Whoever receives gifts, his mind is acted ...
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Does the gita say that the individual essence of who we are is eternal or that only the universal aspect of the self never dies?

What does Lord Krishna mean when He says in Bhagavad Gita 2.12 that never was there a time when He did not exist, neither Arjuna nor the assembled Kings? Does it mean that Krishna and we all are ...
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How do our Past life desires and thoughts influence our nature in present life?

Shankaracharya in his Gita Bhasya 18.41 says " Karma is action arising from and fashioned by past thoughts and desires. The Gunas cannot manifest themselves without a cause. Nature is the ...
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Why do Shankaracharya and Ramanujacharya in their Gita Bhasya 18.41 say that Sudras are Tamasik?

It might indeed be true that a person who serves society has less wisdom than a Brahmana who studies Vedas + Vedanta but that doesn't mean his nature is decided before his conduct is checked. Vidura ...
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Why we haven't discovered different planetary systems yet as described?

While I was reading more and more, I got to know that there are different lokas below and above earth and the distance described for them is only some yojana sway (1 yojana = 8 miles = 12 kilometers), ...
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What are the verses in Bhagavad-Gita that support Advaita?

Which verses in Bhagavad-Gita Support Advaitic Doctrine ?
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Lord Hanuman is called as "Pavan-putra", the son of wind. The Vedas say, there are fortynine winds. Which Pawan, helped conceive Lord Hanuman?

Krishna says in B.Gita (chapter #10) among the 49 winds, "marichi" is His own opulence. The Vedic Puranas further relate that Sage Kashyap fathered daityas (demons) from his second wife Diti....
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Do we remain unconscious or conscious after death

While I was search about Hinduism on internet, I got to know 2 contradictory facts. One said that we get unconscious after death for 2 to 3 months as we become while sleeping, Other said that we ...
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Does mimamsa accept gita?

Does the mimamsa school of thought in Hinduism accept Gita as a good source of information and knowledge?
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Does the Gita contradict the Vedas in these verses and if yes, is there ANY universally accepted hierarchy of authority among scriptures?

Krishna in Bhagavad Gita says: 2.42-43 Those with limited understanding, get attracted to the flowery words of the Vedas, which advocate ostentatious rituals for elevation to the celestial abodes, ...
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Is there any Bhakti as we understand it today in the "Bhakti Yoga" chapter of the Gita? [closed]

like the Bhakti of Mirabai for Krishna. or, like Swami Sivananda put it: "Bhakti is the slender thread of Prem or love that binds the heart of a devotee with the lotus feet of the Lord. Bhakti is ...
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Is there any verse or any quote we find in any of the scriptures talking abour racism?

I am searching for any mentioning about racism in sacred scriptures like Puraans, Veds, Bhagawad Geeta or Upnishads? I am unable to find it myself but I think there must be something. I will be happy ...
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Does Gita 9.7 contradict the advaita vedanta's monism philosophy?

BG 9.7-8: At the end of one kalp, all living beings merge into My primordial material energy. At the beginning of the next creation, O son of Kunti, I manifest them again. Presiding over My material ...
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Who is Writing This? Who am I? [duplicate]

When I write this, is it the mind that is making me write this, or the Self? Is the mind always consciously achieved? Is the self never perceived consciously? Was the true Arjun (the Self) listening ...
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What is the meaning of "bhīma-karmā vṛkodaraḥ" in Gita 1.15?

In Gita 1.15 Bhīma is called "bhīma-karmā vṛkodaraḥ", or something along the lines of "tremendous-deeds wolf-bellied". Are there any particular stories about Bhima's tremendous ...
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What is the meaning of "abhyahanyanta" in Gita 1.13?

Here's sloka 1.13 of the Gita: tatah sankhas ca bheryas ca panavanaka-gomukhah sahasaivabhyahanyanta sa sabdas tumulo 'bhavat Gita as it is translates it thus: After that, the conchshells, bugles, ...

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