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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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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How is 'Vishwa Virat Swaroop' of Lord Krishna described in Mahabharata?

I want to know how the 'Vishwa Virat Swaroop' of Lord Krishna was described in the Mahabharata. It was shown by Lord Krishna to Arjuna while he was giving the Gita Upadesha to Arjuna prior to the ...
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Does "Free Will" really exist, even if universe repeats itself in perfect pattern?

The concept of universe repeating itself is similar to philosophy of Eternal Return. Such philosophy is subscribed many ancient Indian philosophers as well. In brief: A finitely timed universe ...
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Which famous quotes are wrongly attributed to Bhagavad Gita? [closed]

There are many famous sayings, found in Facebook, WhatsApp & other social media, which are wrongly linked to Bhagavad Gita. Purpose of this Qn is to link all the duplicates in one place. Meta ...
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What is maya and why is it there?

I have read bhagavad gita where krishna mentions maya to be a illusion and everything in this is world is made of maya. What I don't understand is if everything is made up of maya then why is krishna ...
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What is the difference between Buddhi (बुद्धि) and Mann (मन)?

I know Buddhi (बुद्धि) means intelligence/intellect and Mann (मन) means mind. But what is difference between them?
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Does Bhagavad Gita detest atheists?

What does Bhagavad Gita make of persons who just go about doing their swadharma, fulfilling their duties (being a good child to parents, is a good spouse, a good parent, citizen etc.) but don't ...
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What is Dharma according to the Bhagavad Gita?

What is Dharma according to the Bhagavad Gita? Are hymns and worship of God compulsory in the Bhagavad Gita ?
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Original Ramayana and Mahabharata [closed]

Was the name "Ramayana" given to Ramayana by sage Valmiki or is it people who just call it by that name? If not, then what was the name given by Valmiki? Is the Ramayana book written by the sage ...
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Does Geeta have gender and caste discrimination verses?

In Geeta, Chapter 9 verses 32 and 33 have implications related to the superiority of particular varna and gender over the others. The verse states that "EVEN Women and Shudra can attain God". Does ...
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Does the Gita have any apocrypha?

The Abrahamic religions have Biblical apocrypha, sections of the work claimed by some to be authentic but excluded by the main body of the religion. Does the Gita have any similar sections?
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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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Who developed the terminology of the Prasthanatrayi of the Vedanta school?

The most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. Vedanta derives its teachings from three sources or authorities, known as the Prasthanatrayi or three starting points: The ...
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Is every Jeeva "eternal" like the ultimate God (nirguna Brahman) or "temporary" within cycle?

"Temporary" vs "Eternal": "Temporary" (may be sat-asat) means, something which keeps changing. It survives by repetition. "Eternal" (may be param akshara) means,...
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What is the meaning of worshiping a demigod? And is it bad to worship a demigod? [BG 4.12] [duplicate]

In Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4, Verse 12 it is stated that: Men in this world desire success in fruitive activities, and therefore they worship the demigods. Quickly, of course, men get results from ...
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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 friend suggested to read it. I have the following questions: Can anybody suggest me how to get started with Bhagavad ...
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Why did Lord Krishna tell Bhagwat Gita only to Arjuna and not anyone else?

I have gone through Hindu Mythological books and found that Bhagwat Gita is told only to Arjuna by Lord Krishna at Kurukshetra. Is there any specific reason of not telling Bhagwat Gita to anyone else ...
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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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Why does Krishna consider/believe the devotee who worship him as saguna superior than who worship as nirguna?

At the starting of 12th chapter of Bhagavad Geeta, Arjuna asked: एवं सततयुक्ता ये भक्तास्त्वां पर्युपासते । ये चाप्यक्षरमव्यक्तं तेषां के योगवित्तमाः ॥ English translation (from vedabase): ...
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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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Giving Alms (Donation/charity) with the intention of getting merit will give me merit?

If someone gives alms (Donation/charity) in form of anything. If his intention is to get merit. Then will he actually get merit out of that karma?
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What is the difference between living beings and dead matter according to scriptures?

I am trying to understand from a spiritual point of view what distinguishes the dead from the living. I read in Bhagavad Geeta 7.5 that there is an inferior and superior nature of the self. The ...
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How many souls are there in our universe?

When Lord Krishna was advising Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna, Sri Krishna told that no one dies if we kill them.Those who are killed, start their journey as jiva and these jiva cannot be destroyed or ...
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Where are Madhvacharya's Puranic quotes describing the path to Moksha?

In verse 8.24 of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says this: Those who know the Supreme Brahman attain that Supreme by passing away from the world during the influence of the fiery god, in the light, at an ...
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Why did moha (disillusion) arise in Arjuna only before the Kurukshetra war in Mahabharata but not the previous battles?

Why did moha (disillusion) arise in Arjuna in the battle of Mahabharata, why didn't the same thing (disillusion) happen to him when Duryodhana & co. attacked King Virata during the agyatvasa of ...
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How much time did Sri Krishna take to preach Gita to Arjuna?

Just imagine you are on the battlefield, the two armies facing each other eager to strike. Everyone is agitated and in the midst of this chaos the knowledge of Geeta is being sermonized. It will ...
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Why is it said in Vedanta that you are not the doer of any action?

In my study of Advaita Vedanta, I have come across many references to the point that one is not the doer of any action. See for example these two verses धर्माधर्मौ सुखं दुखं मानसानि न ते विभो। ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda, Paramhamsa Yogananda, & Osho Rajneesh really attain Moksha according to Vedic scriptures? [duplicate]

Below slokas from the Gita are actually a bit mystical in nature: BG 8.23-8.26 — O best of the Bhāratas, I shall now explain to you the different times at which, passing away from this world, ...
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Meaning of inaction in action and action in inaction in Bhagavadgita 4.18

Where is the meaning of "inaction in action and action in inaction" in Bhagavadgita 4.18 ? karmany akarma yah pasyed akarmani ca karma yah sa buddhiman manusyesu > sa > yuktah krtsna-...
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Why does only Uppiliappan have "Mam Ekam Saranam Vraja" written on his hand?

Most people only know about the Venkateshwara form of Vishnu (AKA Balaji or Srinivasa) in connection to the deity of the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. But that is not the ...
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Krishna said in Bhagawad Gita that He is Rama among the weapon wielders. Whom was He referring to Rama (or) Parasurama?

In the 10th Chapter of Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna said as follows: पवनः पवतामस्मि रामः शस्त्रभृतामहम्। झषाणां मकरश्चास्मि स्रोतसामस्मि जाह्नवी।।10.31।। "Among the purifiers (or the ...
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I am confused between two shlokas of the Bhagvad Geeta, Bg 9.23 & Bg 9.25

I am confused between two shlokas of the Bhagvad Geeta, namely Bg 9.23 & Bg 9.25. The first is: ये ऽप्य् अन्य​-देवता-भक्ता यजन्ते श्रद्धयान्विताः ते ऽपि माम् एव क्औन्तेय​ यजन्त्य् अविधि-पूर्वकम् ...
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Were Ganesh and Kartikeya mentioned in Vedas? Is Ganapati Elder to Kartikeya?

Kartikeya was mentioned in the Ramayana, but not Ganapati and his First Adoration in Pujas. Kaartikeya as mentioned in Srimad Ramayana is the same character as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavad Gita. ...
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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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Regulative principles for sex life

In the Bhagavad Gita 7.11 Krsna says according the translation of His Divine Grace Swami Prabhupada: ... I am sex life which is not contrary to religious principles ... I think many people ...
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Do Yajurveda 40.9, Yajurveda 32.3 and Bhagavadgita 7.20 reject idol worship?

First of all, I am a Hindu myself and I am saying this with no intentions of converting to any other religion but there some misconceptions that really boggle my mind. The biggest of them is that in ...
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Why previous births are only known to God and not to humans?

As clearly said by Krishna to Arjuna in Bhagwat Gita, that, "I remember all my previous births but you don't". Then question arises is why God only has that Extra privilege, and why normal human ...
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What are the different types of Lokas? [duplicate]

What are the different types of lokas like the yamaloka,swargaloka, prithiviloka, pitrloka, bramhaloka , dhwarka dham etc ? On what basis a person is sent to one of these lokas? Who sends him?
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Worship of one god and worship of Shri Ram

In Bhagvad Gita , Lord Vishnu says, Worship me alone :- http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/verse-09-23.html Even those who, being devoted to other gods and endowed with faith, worship (them), ...
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Killing animals, Karma and our birth

My question has two different aspects. In Hindu religion, it is considered bad to kill animals, but in Islam it is said that animals are just for our use e.g., use them as food, transport etc. (...
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Bhagavad-Gita: As It Is - version without interruptions?

I have read the Bhagavad-Gita: As It Is once before, and I would like to continue reading it. However, I find it very distracting to read it with the multi-page Purport sections between each verse. I ...
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Which verse of the Bhagavad Gita says "If you don't fight for what you want, don't cry for what you lost?" [duplicate]

I came across this quote in social media. It's supposedly said by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. Which verse of the Gita conveys the same message as the quote?
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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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How many people listened to the Bhagavad Gita in the Mahabharata along with Arjuna?

I have listened to various version of the Mahabharata where various people are said to be listening to the Bhagavad Gita along with Arjuna, like Hanuman, Barbarika, etc. But this count varies. So what ...
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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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Why Arjuna did not attain moksha/mukti despite the upadesha of GeetA?

GeetA is considered to be the "moksha shAstra" mainly by the vedantins and they have also conferred it the title or Gitopanishad. It also forms the core of Vedanta as it is the part of the prasthana ...
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The story and Principle of adding "shree" "श्री" before our sacred religious books?

What is the story and principle behind adding the word "shree" श्री. Before our sacred religious books like "Shreemad Bhagvat श्रीमद भागवत " , Shreemad Bhagvad Gita श्रीमद भगवदगीता" etc. When was this ...
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What is the core message of the Bhagavad-gītā? What are some verses from Bhagavad-gītā that one can refer to, to enrich life in general?

What is (or what are) the core message(s) of the Bhagavad-gītā? What are some verses from Bhagavad-gītā, that one can refer to, to enrich life in general? This question is inspired by Core messages ...
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How to tell if your guru is god-realized?

I know that many scriptures in Hinduism emphasize the guru as the path to God, and the importance of finding a guru that will truly help you achieve your goal. I am having an issue with my current ...
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How do I know what is the right kind of work for me?

I'm reading the Bhagavad Gita. As far as I understand, in chapter 3, the importance of right action / good work is highlighted. Krishna says something along the lines of, whatever great people do, ...