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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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Understanding Bhagavad Gita 2.46, 2.47

Bhagwad Gita in Chapter-2 Verse-46,47 says ... You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, But you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the ...
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How to start reading Bhagavad Gita?

I always wanted to read Bhagavad Gita but didn't get time. Recently one of my friends suggested to read it. I have the following questions: Can anybody suggest me how to get started with Bhagavad ...
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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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Why a positive emotion like happiness is not encouraged by Krishna in Geetha?

We all know that happiness is an positive emotion and being sad is a negative emotion in general. In Geetha, Krishna says that we should consider both happiness and sadness, equal. (Chapter 2 verse ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Why did Sri Krishna say he was VAJRA among weapons?

While giving discourse to Arjuna, Sri Krishna says that he was VAJRA among weapons. आयुधानामहं वज्रं धेनूनामस्मि कामधुक्। प्रजनश्चास्मि कन्दर्पः सर्पाणामस्मि वासुकिः।।10.28।। Of the ...
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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 Krishna says He is Sama Veda among Vedas in Bhagavad Gita?

In Bhagavad Gita chapter 10 Verse 22 Lord Krishna says vedānāḿ sāma-vedo smi devānām asmi vāsavaḥ indriyāṇāḿ manaś cāsmi bhūtānām asmi cetanā Of the Vedas I am the Sama Veda;...
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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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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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What are the Yagnas Sri Krishna was referring to in Srimad Bhagavad Gita?

While explaining Karma Yoga to Arjuna, Sri Krishna says: देवान्भावयतानेन ते देवा भावयन्तु वः। परस्परं भावयन्तः श्रेयः परमवाप्स्यथ।। 3.11 Meaning: You nourish the gods with this. Let those ...
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What is the difference between sacrifice (yajna) and charity (dana)?

Bhagavad-gita 18.3 and 18.5 specifically mentions them as separate. In Christianity they are understood as giving something up and giving something to others, which is quite similar, and these terms ...
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What is the difference between — “Hypnotism” and “Divya Drushti” granted to Arjuna by Krishna?

Currently, not much information is available about Hypnotism in Hinduism .SE. Let's draw parallels between Krishna granting Divya Drushti to Arjuna [BG 11.8] and the typical Hypnotism (Vashikarana) ...
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Why did Sri Krishna say he is Indra among Devatas?

Sri Krishna, while equating himself with greatest among all living beings and non-living things among various sects, says in Bhagavad Gita as follows: आदित्यानामहं विष्णुर्ज्योतिषां रविरंशुमान्। ...
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Why can we eat 'living' plants but not 'living' animals?

I attended a session of a priest. He described how eating non-veg food is disfavoured in Hinduism. He told us that a verse of Bhagavad-Gita says that eating non-veg food is evil. Priest: If you eat ...
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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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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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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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According to Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna is the ultimate God. So why are there other beliefs in Hinduism?

I am talking about monotheism and polytheism. When we refer to bagavat Gita we can see that bagvan gives answer to this, he is the creator, preserver and destroyer.
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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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Why does Bhagavan Krishna use the phrase “other deities” in Gita (7.20)?

We all know that Srimad Bhagavad Gita is coming from the mouth of Sri Bhagavan. There is a well known difference between Bhagavan or The God and devatas or the deities. Sri Krishna is the God and not ...
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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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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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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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Interpreting Bhagavad Gita verse 8.16

I do know that according to Upanishads, All the higher Lokas except Brahma Loka, are subjected to circumgyration/reparation (birth-rebirth). From Chhandogya Upanishad 4.15.5: अथ यदु चैवास्मि...
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Reconcilling Vedas with existence of Rama, Krishna and related questions

I've read Satyarth Prakash and my religious notions held for decades were shaken. I need to know answers to the following questions. If Vedas say God is unborn formless, how were Rama and Krishna ...
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Is the Sankhya Darshana/Philosophy prior to Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads?

We know that there are Six Aastika Philosophy (Shad Darshana) : Sankhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshiki,Mimamsa and Vedanta based on Vedas. In many verses of Bhagavad Gita, the word Sankhya is found ; ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 Bhagavad Gita text Shruti or Smriti?

We know that Hindu Scriptures are classified as: Shruti: "Which is heard", divine origin, authored by God. Smriti: "Which is remembered", attributed to an author, derivative work. Now I am confused: ...
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If Lord Krishna is the father and mother of this Universe then why are we so different?

In this verse 9.17 of Bhagwat Gita , God says the following: It is I who am the Vedic ritual, I am the sacrifice, and I am the oblation offered to the ancestors. I am the medicinal herb, and I am ...
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How do Advaitins counter the rebuttal of Ramanujacharya on Advaita Vedanta in His commentary on Bhagavad Gita 2.12?

Shree Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita 2.12 states: "There never was a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor any of these temporal kings. Nor will there be any time in future when ...
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If I pray to Ravana or some Devil ,then will Krishna steady my faith in him?

In Bhagwat Gita Lord says : I am in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul. As soon as one desires to worship some deity, I make his faith steady so that he can devote himself to that particular ...
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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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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 ...