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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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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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Why each word of Srimad Bhagavad Gita is considered to be so important?

Bhagavad Gita was compiled by Vyasadeva ('Vyasena grathitam') in the anustubh and indrabajra/upendrabajra metres. To convert the conversations into such metres, He surely had to change or add words to ...
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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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What is the story of the Pishacha who overheard the Bhagavad Gita?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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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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Why did parshuram curse stotras? Why Gita, Vishnu Sahasranama and Chandika Saptashathi among some more are free form all dosha?

Varahi Tantra says that in the age of Kali yuga, most stotras are cursed by Parashurama and hence are ineffective. While listing the ones which are free from this curse and hence suitable during Kali ...
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Was the time temporarily stopped by Lord Krishna during Geeta upadesham?

The narration of Geeta took place just when Arjuna refused to fight the battle and was becoming emotionally weak. How did it happen that everyone waited until the whole Geeta of 18 chapters was ...
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Where I can find Gita-mahatmya in original devanagari script (7 slokas in Devanagari script) from Introduction to Bhagavad-gita of Srila Prabhupada

(1) gītā-śāstram idaṁ puṇyaṁ yaḥ paṭhet prayataḥ pumān viṣṇoh padaṁ avapnoti bhaya-śokādi-varjitaḥ (2) gītādhyāyana-śīlasya prāṇayama-parasya ca naiva santi hi pāpāni pūrva-janma-...
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Manusmriti says Sama Veda is impure, whereas Krishna says he is Sama Veda of all the Vedas

The Manusmriti says: The Ṛgveda is sacred to the gods and the Yajurveda is human; the Sāmaveda has been declared to be related to the Pitṛs; hence its sound is impure.—(124) This is odd ...
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Using Om Tat Sat mantra in daily life

This mantra was explained in Bhagavad-Gita, it's used while performing yagna, dana or tapa. How to use this mantra in daily life ? For eg. Just before starting meal Can this mantra be used ? Or ...
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Is the feeling of “Deja Vu”, a glimpse of self realization?

As per below post, a philosophy called "Eternal Return" states that all events are repeating infinitely & hence predetermined. Does "Free Will" really exist, even if universe repeats ...
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Who are the Chatur Bhaginyadinis mentioned by Adi Shankaracharya?

In chapter 9 verse 25 of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says this: yānti dēvavratā dēvān pitṛnyānti pitṛvratāḥ | bhūtāni yānti bhūtējyā yānti madyājinō.pi mām৷৷ Those who worship the demigods ...
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Is it fine to consume Sattvic food prepared more than 3 hours ago?

Bhagavad Gita says: Bg 17.10 — Food prepared more than three hours before being eaten, food that is tasteless, decomposed and putrid, and food consisting of remnants and untouchable things is ...
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What is Sahaja Pranayam?

It is said that even though there are many varieties of pranayam, the natural pranayam which one gets from birth i.e. Sahaja Pranayam is the best. This Pranayam was given by Lord Sri Krishna to his ...
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Punnya from donation / charity for married person in Hinduism

In Hinduism is it the case that :- If married person does any charity from "His own earned income" (not from income of wife or forefathers) , then half of his Punnya is given to his wife and half to ...
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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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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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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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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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Why Krishna advised Arjun to worship other Devas and attain powers?

In Bhagwadgita, Krishna said to Arjun that if one worships other Devas, he will go to their Loka but who worships and surrenders unto him, will get united with him. But when I read Mahabharat, I ...
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How does Avyakta turn into Vyakta

Hi my question is regarding one shloka from Bhagavad Gita. It states that the universe has come from the unmanifest (avyakta) and manifested (vyakta) itself. Where in the Vedas is this process ...
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God will never give you a cross that you cannot carry

Many times I have heard from Christian people this saying, when you are going through a difficult situation (that is your cross) and that God would never give you a cross that you would not be able to ...
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Why did Lord Krishna curse Ashwatthama?

Ashwatthama was cursed by Lord Krishna after Ashwatthama killed all the sons of Pandavas. He was cursed with immortality and eternal (till the end of this chaturyuga) suffering without love from ...
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Which characters in Mahabharata and Mahabharata war are fit in definition of 'Yoga'

Definition of Yoga as Defined by Bhagwan Shri Krishna in Bhagwad Gita Chapter 2 verse 48 is योगस्थ कृरु कर्माणि सङ्गंत्यक्त्वा धनञ्जय | सिद्ध्यासिध्यो समो भूत्वा समत्वं योग उच्यते||२.४८|| ...
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How practical it is for a person to give up material needs and become spiritual?

What do the Vedas and Bhagavad Gita say about how, one, who wants to devote himself completely to God and give away material success and happiness, should earn a living just enough to have food two ...
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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 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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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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In saptha vyasanalu, “speaking rudely” is also there or not

In saptha vyasanalu, is speaking rudely is also there? That means man is not by nature rude, only addicted to that character. Please any body explain.
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What's the difference among “Shiva” vs “Shankara” vs “Rudra”?

According to below post "Shiva" is different than the "[Lord] Shankara": Are Lord Shiva and Lord Shankar two different deities? According to Gita "Shankara" is one of the "Rudra"-s: 10.23 Among ...
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What are differences between Dnyaneshwari and other Bhagavad Gita commentaries?

Dnyaneshwari (IAST:'Jñānēśvarī) is a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, written by the great Saint Sant Dnyaneshwar in Marathi. It's considered to be the best scripture in Marathi literature. What ...
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What are the major texts of Shaivites?

Among the major texts of Hinduism, Gita is one of the most accepted texts. It is sung by the Lord Krishna, and in it He says surrender unto Him. Do worshippers of Shiva read the Gita as much as ...
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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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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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Metre(s) in Mahabharata

Are different poetic metres used in the Mahabharata? In particular, are the Bhagavad Gita and Vishnu Sahasranama in the same metre as the rest of the Mahabharata?
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Explaining the supreme secret of Bhagvad Gita

In Bhagavad Gita 18th chapter, it is explained that for one who explains the supreme secret to devotees devotional service is guaranteed and will go back to Godhead. Bg 18.66 — Abandon all ...
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Is there any chapter/Scripture in Bhagavad Geeta that specifically talks about sutak (Death)

For example what rules and regulations to follow when a close relative dies in the family - specifically in Bhagavad Geeta. i know that its mentioned very well in the Garuda Purana, but i would like ...
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According to srimad bhagvatam and Vishnu purana is saguna brahman superior to nirguna brahman?

How is the relation of of parmatma-brahman- bhagvan shown in sattvic puranas, is saguna brahman the basis of nirguna brahman as found in some verse of bhagvad geeta? I'm asking this as bhagvatam ...
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Where can I read the Bhagavad Gita with the commentary of Vishwanath Chakravarti Thakura in English in a PDF version?

I would like to read the commentary of Vishwanath Chakravarti Thakura of the Bhagavad Gita in English in a PDF version. Can anyone provide me the site where I can download the relevant PDF file?
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What does the term in “the playing fields” as used in the Bhagadavida Gita really mean?

There is a verse in the Bhagadavida Gita that refers to the earth world realm and it's 3rd dimensional limitations emplaced there as "the playing fields". I have a few ideas as-to-what what this may ...
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Did Krishna play flute ever post Gokul days?

It is said that Lord Krishna did not play flute after he had left Gokul. But most of the pictures of Lord Krishna ( adult) is shown with the flute. Did he play flute in later period?
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Are ego and attachment evil qualities as per Vedas?

I would like to understand more about ego and attachment from the perspective of Hindu Shastras and Vedas. Are these evil qualities? If yes, how to get rid of these things from my mind?
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What does the term embodied mean?

I know some of you will say that embodied one is the jiva or sookshma sharira, but that's not the answer i'm looking for. I want to know the definition of the term embodied when applied to gita verse ...
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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 ...