Bhagavad Gita | Basic Introduction

Today Bhagvad Gita is known all over the world for the spiritual knowledge it contains. Of course, one may not read the entire essence of the Gita, but one verse definitely resonates in everyone’s mind. That verse is the 7th and 8th verse of the fourth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, in which Lord Krishna, talking about the establishment of Dharma and the destruction of Adharma, says –

यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत। अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ॥४-७॥परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम् । धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय सम्भवामि युगे युगे ॥४-८॥

Meaning – Lord Krishna says to Arjuna through this verse – Whenever there is a loss of religion and unrighteousness increases, then I will appear on this land as an incarnation and protect religion and destroy unrighteousness. I will incarnate again and again in every era to protect the saints, destroy the sinners, re-establish religion and do welfare of the living being.

Whenever someone reads this verse or even thinks in his mind, then the form of Lord Shri Krishna comes to mind who is standing and removing the dilemma of Arjuna’s mind. Any person can give a new dimension to his life through Gita. The knowledge of the Gita is not only for the person of spiritual life but for all kinds of people. After compiling the Gita, Maharishi Vyas himself writes that the Gita is worthy of being recited and every man should read it and imbibe it in his heart after knowing its meaning because it has appeared from the mouth of Lord Vishnu himself. This book is not only for any particular caste or religion, but it is for all human beings. Today Gita is not only known as a special scripture of Hinduism, but it is a source of inspiration for people of all religions. Therefore, today Bhagavad Gita is available in many languages all over the world and there are many organizations all over the world which also propagate the knowledge of Gita. ISCON is the most special example of this

Origin of Bhagavad Gita

The knowledge of Bhagavad Gita was created by Lord Krishna himself on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. When the war of Mahabharata was decided and the army of Pandavas and Kauravas appeared in the battle of Kurukshetra. Lord Krishna became the charioteer of Arjuna in that great war. Arjuna was the most special warrior from Pandavas side and he was the only one who could face Gangaputra Bhishma and Guru Dronacharya. When Arjuna saw his near and dear ones on the battlefield, he gave up his weapon and refused to fight. When Lord Krishna saw this condition of Arjuna, he presented the knowledge of Gita to remove the doubt in his mind. He inspired Arjuna to follow his Kshatriya Dharma. Arjuna’s mind was full of doubts, so when Lord Krishna started answering his questions, he started asking him the solution to all kinds of problems in life through his questions. Lord Krishna answered all the questions of Arjuna, due to which the doubts of Arjuna’s mind were removed and now he was completely ready to fight. Maharishi Vyasa compiled the conversation between Arjuna and Lord Krishna and presented it in the name of Bhagavad Gita.

arjun with lord krishna in mahabharat

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