22 Facts About Bhagavad Gita

1. Bhagavad Gita wrote a commentary on the Gita as Gitartha-Samgraha, which has survived into the modern era.

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2. Bhagavad Gita calls the Gita as "an epitome of the essentials of the whole Vedic teaching".

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3. Many of these commentators state that the Bhagavad Gita is "meant to be a moksa-shastra, and not a dharmasastra, an arthasastra or a kamasastra", states Sharma.

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4. Bhagavad Gita is referred to in the Brahma Sutras, and numerous scholars including Shankara, Bhaskara, Abhinavagupta of Shaivism tradition, Ramanuja and Madhvacharya wrote commentaries on it.

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5. Bhagavad Gita Press has published the Bhagavad Gita in multiple Indian languages.

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6. Bhagavad Gita teaches the path of Karma yoga in Chapter 3 and others.

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7. Bhagavad Gita teaches several spiritual paths—jnana, bhakti and karma—to the divine.

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8. Bhagavad Gita considers the world to be transient, all bodies and matter as impermanent.

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9. Bhagavad Gita adopts the Upanishadic concept of Absolute Reality, a shift from the earlier ritual-driven Vedic religion to one abstracting and internalizing spiritual experiences.

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10. Bhagavad Gita wonders if fighting the war is "not so important after all" given Krishna's overview on the pursuit of spiritual wisdom.

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11. Bhagavad Gita sees family and friends on the enemy side.

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12. Bhagavad Gita drops his bow, wonders if he should renounce and just leave the battlefield.

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13. Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna right before the start of the climactic Kurukshetra War in the Hindu epic Mahabaharata.

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14. Bhagavad Gita is a poem written in the Sanskrit language.

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15. Bhagavad Gita is the sealing achievement of Hindu Synthesis, incorporating its various religious traditions.

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16. Bhagavad Gita is part of the Prasthanatrayi, which includes the Upanishads and Brahma sutras.

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17. Bhagavad Gita is the best known, and most famous of Hindu scriptures.

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18. Bhagavad Gita states that the Gita was always a part of the Mahabharata, and dating the latter suffices in dating the Gita.

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19. Bhagavad Gita is known as the Isvara Gita, the Ananta Gita, the Hari Gita, the Vyasa Gita, or simply as the Gita.

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20. Bhagavad Gita is the best known and most famous of Hindu texts, with a unique pan-Hindu influence.

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21. Bhagavad Gita wonders if he should renounce and seeks Krishna's counsel, whose answers and discourse constitute the Bhagadvad Gita.

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22. Bhagavad Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Krishna.

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