It is the ultimate user’s manual for the human condition. This famous scripture is the brilliant combination of the Vedas and the Upanishads. Many people say this was the Upanishad of Upanishads as it summarized their teachings (which is why Advaita Vedanta schools study it).
Also known as “The Song of the Bhagavan”. This 700-verse scripture that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata [400 BCE – 400 CE]. The Mahabharata was written by Vyasa, who also categorized the Vedas into four. He is known as the splitter of the Vedas.
This scripture contains a conversation between prince Arjuna and his guide Lord Krishna on a variety of theological and philosophical issues.
Arjuna cannot see Krishna’s divine form with his physical eyes, so Krishna gives him spiritual vision [11.8]. Arjuna sees Krishna’s divine essence, source of all things and goes into a state of samadhi.
Bhagavad Gita Summary
- Understand that God is the source of everything, including you.
- Do everything with love and devotion for God.
- Meditate and read scriptures.
- Renounce attachment not action.
- Understand that the world is a play of the divine. See beyond the gunas.
- Do selfless service.
- My favourite version of the Bhagavad Gita.