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The _BHAGAVAD GITA_ ( Sanskrit : भगवद्गीता, _bhagavad-gītā_ in IAST , Sanskrit pronunciation: ; lit. "Song of the Lord " ), often referred to as simply THE GITA, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic _ Mahabharata _ (chapters 23–40 of the 6th book of Mahabharata). The _Bhagavad Gita_ is a Bhagavata explanation of the Purusha Sukta and the Purushamedha Srauta yajna described in the Satapatha Brahmana .

The _Gita_ is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna . Facing the duty as a warrior to fight the Dharma Yudhha or righteous war between Pandavas and Kauravas, Arjuna is counselled by Lord Krishna to "fulfill his Kshatriya (warrior) duty as a warrior and establish Dharma ." Inserted in this appeal to _kshatriya dharma_ (chivalry ) is "a dialogue ... between diverging attitudes concerning methods toward the attainment of liberation (_moksha _)". The _Bhagavad Gita_ was exposed to the world through Sanjaya , who senses and cognises all the events of the battlefield. Sanjaya is Dhritarashtra 's advisor and also his charioteer.

The _Bhagavad Gita_ presents a synthesis of the concept of Dharma , theistic bhakti , the yogic ideals of moksha through jnana , bhakti , karma , and Raja Yoga (spoken of in the 6th chapter) and Samkhya philosophy.

Numerous commentaries have been written on the _Bhagavad Gita_ with widely differing views on the essentials. Vedanta commentators read varying relations between Self and Brahman in the text: Advaita Vedanta sees the non-dualism of Atman (soul) and Brahman as its essence, whereas Bhedabheda and Vishishtadvaita see Atman and Brahman as both different and non-different, and Dvaita sees them as different. The setting of the _Gita_ in a battlefield has been interpreted as an allegory for the ethical and moral struggles of the human life.

The _Bhagavad Gita_'s call for selfless action inspired many leaders of the Indian independence movement including Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi . Gandhi referred to the _Gita_ as his "spiritual dictionary".

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* 1 Composition and significance

* 1.1 Authorship * 1.2 Date of composition * 1.3 Bhagavad Gita in ancient sanskrit literature * 1.4 Hindu synthesis and _smriti_ * 1.5 Status

* 2 Explanation of the Purushamedha

* 3 Content

* 3.1 Narrative * 3.2 Characters * 3.3 Overview of chapters

* 4 Themes

* 4.1 Dharma

* 4.1.1 Dharma and heroism

* 4.1.2 Modern interpretations of _dharma_

* _Svadharma_ and _svabhava_ * _The Field of Dharma_ * Allegory of war * Promotion of war and caste duty

* 4.2 Moksha: Liberation

* 4.3 Yoga

* 4.3.1 Karma yoga * 4.3.2 Bhakti yoga * 4.3.3 Jnana yoga

* 5 Use in German anti-Semitism

* 6 Commentaries and translations

* 6.1 Classical commentaries

* 6.1.1 Śaṅkara * 6.1.2 Rāmānuja * 6.1.3 Madhva * 6.1.4 Abhinavagupta * 6.1.5 Others

* 6.2 Independence movement * 6.3 Hindu revivalism * 6.4 Other modern commentaries * 6.5 Scholarly translations

* 7 Contemporary popularity

* 7.1 Appraisal * 7.2 Adaptations

* 8 See also * 9 Notes * 10 References

* 11 Sources

* 11.1 Printed sources * 11.2 Online sources

* 12 Further reading * 13 External links


Bronze chariot , depicting discourse of Krishna and Arjuna in Kurukshetra


The epic _ Mahabharata _ is traditionally ascribed to the Sage Vyasa ; the _Bhagavad Gita_, being a part of the _Mahabharata'_s _Bhishma Parva_, is also ascribed to him.


Theories on the date of composition of the _Gita_ vary considerably. Scholars accept dates from the fifth century to the second century BCE as the probable range. Professor Jeaneane Fowler, in her commentary on the _Gita_, considers second century BCE to be the likely date of composition. Kashi Nath Upadhyaya, a _Gita_ scholar, on the basis of the estimated dates of _Mahabharata_, Brahma sutras , and other independent sources, concludes that the _Bhagavad Gita_ was composed in the fifth or fourth century BCE.

It is generally agreed that, "Unlike the Vedas, which have to be preserved letter-perfect, the _Gita_ was a popular work whose reciters would inevitably conform to changes in language and style", so the earliest "surviving" components of this dynamic text are believed to be no older than the earliest "external" references we have to the _Mahabharata_ epic, which may include an allusion in Panini's fourth century BCE grammar. It is estimated that the text probably reached something of a "final form" by the early Gupta period (about the 4th century CE). The actual dates of composition of the _Gita_ remain unresolved.


There is no reference to the Bhagavad Gita in Buddhist literature, the Tripitaka . The Buddha refers to 3 Vedas rather than 4 Vedas, as per general perception in many dialogues. So, there is doubt about whether the Bhagavad Gita was widely known about during the lifetime of Gautama Buddha .The Namboothiris of Kerala follows 3 Vedas only. According to Manusmriti (the law book of Manu) a Brahmanan who does not know the Vedic verses (at least of one Vedam) is useless. So it is safe to say Buddha only followed 3 Vedas just like the Brahman community of Kerala.


See also: Smarta Tradition

Due to its presence in the _Mahabharata_, the _Bhagavad Gita_ is classified as a Smriti text or "that which is remembered". The _smriti _ texts of the period between 200 BCE and 100 CE belong to the emerging " Hindu Synthesis", proclaiming the authority of the Vedas while integrating various Indian traditions and religions. Acceptance of the Vedas became a central criterion for defining Hinduism over and against the heterodoxies, which rejected the Vedas.

The so-called " Hindu Synthesis" emerged during the early Classical period (200 BCE – 300 CE) of Hinduism. According to Alf Hiltebeitel , a period of consolidation in the development of Hinduism took place between the time of the late Vedic Upanishad (ca. 500 BCE) and the period of the rise of the Guptas (ca. 320–467 CE) which he calls the " Hindu Synthesis", "Brahmanic Synthesis", or "Orthodox Synthesis". It developed in interaction with other religions and peoples:

The emerging self-definitions of Hinduism were forged in the context of continuous interaction with heterodox religions (Buddhists, Jains, Ajivikas) throughout this whole period, and with foreign people (Yavanas, or Greeks; Sakas, or Scythians; Pahlavas, or Parthians; and Kusanas, or Kushans) from the third phase on .

The _Bhagavad Gita_ is the sealing achievement of this Hindu Synthesis, incorporating various religious traditions. According to Hiltebeitel, _Bhakti_ forms an essential ingredient of this synthesis, which incorporates _ Bhakti into Vedanta_. According to Deutsch and Dalvi, the _Bhagavad Gita_ attempts "to forge a harmony" between different strands of Indian thought: jnana, dharma and bhakti. Deutsch and Dalvi note that the authors of the _Bhagavad Gita_ "must have seen the appeal of the soteriologies both of the "heterodox" traditions of Buddhism and Jainism and of the more "orthodox" ones of Samkhya and Yoga", while the Brahmanic tradition emphasised "the significance of _dharma_ as the instrument of goodness". Scheepers mentions the _Bhagavat Gita_ as a Brahmanical text which uses the shramanic and Yogic terminology to spread the Brahmanic idea of living according to one's duty or _dharma_, in contrast to the yogic ideal of liberation from the workings of karma. According to Basham,

The _Bhagavadgita_ combines many different elements from Samkhya and Vedanta philosophy. In matters of religion, its important contribution was the new emphasis placed on devotion, which has since remained a central path in Hinduism. In addition, the popular theism expressed elsewhere in the _Mahabharata_ and the transcendentalism of the Upanishads converge, and a God of personal characteristics is identified with the brahman of the Vedic tradition. The _Bhagavadgita_ thus gives a typology of the three dominant trends of Indian religion: dharma-based householder life, enlightenment-based renunciation, and devotion-based theism.

_Bhagavad Gita_ as a synthesis:

The _Bhagavadgita_ may be treated as a great synthesis of the ideas of the impersonal spiritual monism with personalistic monotheism, of the _yoga_ of action with the _yoga_ of transcendence of action, and these again with _yogas_ of devotion and knowledge.

The influence of the _Bhagavad Gita_ was such, that its synthesis was adapted to and incorporated into specific Indian traditions. Nicholson mentions the _ Shiva Gita_ as an adaptation of the Vishnu-oriented _Bhagavat Gita_ into Shiva-oriented terminology, and the _Isvara Gita_ as borrowing entire verses from the Krishna-oriented _Bhagavad Gita_ and placing them into a new Shiva-oriented context.


The _Bhagavad Gita_ is part of the Prasthanatrayi , which also includes the Upanishads and Brahma sutras . These are the key texts for the Vedanta , which interprets these texts to give a unified meaning. Advaita Vedanta sees the non-dualism of Atman and Brahman as its essence, whereas Bhedabheda and Vishishtadvaita see Atman and Brahman as both different and non-different, and Dvaita sees them as different. In recent times the Advaita interpretation has gained worldwide popularity, due to the Neo- Vedanta of Vivekananda and Radhakrishnan , while the Achintya Bheda Abheda interpretation has gained worldwide popularity via the Hare Krishnas , a branch of Gaudiya Vaishnavism .

Although early Vedanta gives an interpretation of the _sruti_ texts of the Upanishads, and its main commentary the Brahman Sutras, the popularity of the _Bhagavad Gita_ was such that it could not be neglected. It is referred to in the Brahman Sutras, and Shankara , Bhaskara and Ramanuja all three wrote commentaries on it. The _Bhagavad Gita_ is different from the Upanishads in format and content, and accessible to all, in contrast to the _sruti_, which are only to be read and heard by the higher castes.

Some branches of Hinduism give it the status of an Upanishad, and consider it to be a Śruti or "revealed text". According to Pandit, who gives a modern-orthodox interpretation of Hinduism, "since the _Bhagavad Gita_ represents a summary of the Upanishadic teachings, it is sometimes called 'the Upanishad of the Upanishads'."


The Bhagavad Gita is a Bhagavata explanation of the Purusha Sukta and the Purushamedha Srauta yajna described in the Satapatha Brahmana . Chapters 7 and 8 of the Bhagavad Gita describe the relationship between teacher and disciple, where the teacher is viewed as the absolute person, Purusa Narayana . In Chapters 10 and 11 of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna begins to instruct Arjuna about the directions of space-time within himself reflecting what is written in the Satapatha Brahmana and Purusa Sukta. The vision of Krishna in his universal form shows the self-devouring nature of the absolute person, as described in the Satapatha Brahmana and Purusa Sukta. Chapters 12 describes the two paths one chooses after one completes the Purushamedha yajna i.e. become a renunciate or remain as a householder. Chapter 14 is the highest teaching within the Bhagavad Gita, the knowledge to achieve the same state as Purusa Narayana, which is the goal of the Purushamedha.


_ A manuscript illustration of the battle of Kurukshetra, fought between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, recorded in the Mahabharata_.


In the epic _Mahabharata_, after Sanjaya —counsellor of the Kuru king Dhritarashtra —returns from the battlefield to announce the death of Bhishma , he begins recounting the details of the _Mahabharata_ war. _Bhagavad Gita_ forms the content of this recollection. The _Gita_ begins before the start of the climactic Kurukshetra War , where the Pandava prince Arjuna is filled with doubt on the battlefield. Realising that his enemies are his own relatives, beloved friends, and revered teachers, he turns to his charioteer and guide, God Incarnate Lord Shri Krishna, for advice. Responding to Arjuna's confusion and moral dilemma, Krishna explains to Arjuna his duties as a warrior and prince, elaborating on a variety of philosophical concepts.


* Arjuna, one of the Pandavas * Lord Shri Krishna, Arjuna's charioteer and guru who was actually an incarnation of Lord Vishnu * Sanjaya, counsellor of the Kuru king Dhritarashtra * Dhritarashtra, Kuru king.


_Bhagavad Gita_ comprises 18 chapters (section 25 to 42) in the _ Bhishma Parva_ of the epic _Mahabharata_ and consists of 700 verses. Because of differences in recensions , the verses of the _Gita_ may be numbered in the full text of the _Mahabharata_ as chapters 6.25–42 or as chapters 6.23–40. According to the recension of the _Gita_ commented on by Adi Shankara , a prominent philosopher of the Vedanta school, the number of verses is 700, but there is evidence to show that old manuscripts had 745 verses. The verses themselves, composed with similes and metaphors, are poetic in nature. The verses mostly employ the range and style of the Sanskrit Anustubh metre (_chhandas _), and in a few expressive verses the Tristubh metre is used.

The Sanskrit editions of the _Gita_ name each chapter as a particular form of yoga. However, these chapter titles do not appear in the Sanskrit text of the _Mahabharata_. Swami Chidbhavananda explains that each of the eighteen chapters is designated as a separate yoga because each chapter, like yoga, "trains the body and the mind". He labels the first chapter " Arjuna Vishada Yogam" or the " Yoga of Arjuna's Dejection". Sir Edwin Arnold translates this chapter as "The Distress of Arjuna" _ Krishna displays his Vishvarupa (Universal Form) to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra (chapter 11). GITA DHYANAM : (contains 9 verses) The Gita Dhyanam_ is not a part of the main Bhagavad Gita, but it is commonly published with the Gītā as a prefix. The verses of the _Gita Dhyanam_ (also called _Gītā Dhyāna_ or _Dhyāna Ślokas_) offer salutations to a variety of sacred scriptures, figures, and entities, characterise the relationship of the Gītā to the Upanishads , and affirm the power of divine assistance. It is a common practice to recite these before reading the _Gita_.

* PRATHAMA ADHYAYA (_The Distress of Arjuna_ contains 46 verses): Arjuna has requested Krishna to move his chariot between the two armies. His growing dejection is described as he fears losing friends and relatives as a consequence of war. * SANKHYA YOGA (_The Book of Doctrines_ contains 72 verses): After asking Krishna for help, Arjuna is instructed into various subjects such as, Karma yoga , Gyaana yoga, Sankhya yoga, Buddhi yoga and the immortal nature of the soul. Sankhya here refers to one of six orthodox schools of the Hindu Philosophy . This chapter is often considered the summary of the entire _Bhagavad Gita_. * KARMA YOGA (_Virtue in Work_ or _Virtue Of Actions_ contains 43 verses): Krishna explains how Karma yoga, i.e. performance of prescribed duties, but without attachment to results, is the appropriate course of action for Arjuna. * GYAANA–KARMA-SANYASA YOGA (_The Religion of Knowledge_ contains 42 verses): Krishna reveals that he has lived through many births, always teaching yoga for the protection of the pious and the destruction of the impious and stresses the importance of accepting a guru. * KARMA–SANYASA YOGA (_Religion by Renouncing Fruits of Works_ contains 29 verses): Arjuna asks Krishna if it is better to forgo action or to act ("renunciation or discipline of action"). Krishna answers that both are ways to the same goal, but that acting in Karma yoga is superior. * DHYAN YOGA or ATMASANYAM YOGA (_Religion by Self-Restraint_ contains 47 verses): Krishna describes the Ashtanga yoga . He further elucidates the difficulties of the mind and the techniques by which mastery of the mind might be gained. * GYAANA–VIGYAANA YOGA (_Religion by Discernment_ contains 30 verses): Krishna describes the absolute reality and its illusory energy Maya . * AKSARA–BRAHMA YOGA (_Religion by Devotion to the One Supreme God_ contains 28 verses): This chapter contains eschatology of the _Bhagavad Gita_. Importance of the last thought before death, differences between material and spiritual worlds, and light and dark paths that a soul takes after death are described. * RAJA–VIDYA–RAJA–GUHYA YOGA (_Religion by the Kingly Knowledge and the Kingly Mystery_ contains 34 verses): Krishna explains how His eternal energy pervades, creates, preserves, and destroys the entire universe. According to theologian Christopher Southgate, verses of this chapter of the _Gita_ are panentheistic , while German physicist and philosopher Max Bernhard Weinstein deems the work pandeistic . * VIBHUTI–VISTARA–YOGA (_Religion by the Heavenly Perfections_ contains 42 verses): Krishna is described as the ultimate cause of all material and spiritual existence. Arjuna accepts Krishna as the Supreme Being, quoting great sages who have also done so. * VISVARUPA–DARSANA YOGA (_The Manifesting of the One and Manifold_ contains 55 verses): On Arjuna's request, Krishna displays his "universal form" (_Viśvarūpa_), a theophany of a being facing every way and emitting the radiance of a thousand suns, containing all other beings and material in existence. * BHAKTI YOGA (_The Religion of Faith_ contains 20 verses): In this chapter Krishna glorifies the path of devotion to God. Krishna describes the process of devotional service ( Bhakti yoga ). He also explains different forms of spiritual disciplines. * KSETRA–KSETRAJNA VIBHAGA YOGA (_Religion by Separation of Matter and Spirit_ contains 35 verses): The difference between transient perishable physical body and the immutable eternal soul is described. The difference between individual consciousness and universal consciousness is also made clear. * GUNATRAYA–VIBHAGA YOGA (_Religion by Separation from the Qualities_ contains 27 verses): Krishna explains the three modes (gunas ) of material nature pertaining to goodness, passion, and nescience. Their causes, characteristics, and influence on a living entity are also described. * PURUSOTTAMA YOGA (_Religion by Attaining the Supreme_ contains 20 verses): Krishna identifies the transcendental characteristics of God such as, omnipotence , omniscience , and omnipresence . Krishna also describes a symbolic tree (representing material existence), which has its roots in the heavens and its foliage on earth. Krishna explains that this tree should be felled with the "axe of detachment", after which one can go beyond to his _supreme abode_. * DAIVASURA–SAMPAD–VIBHAGA YOGA (_The Separateness of the Divine and Undivine_ contains 24 verses): Krishna identifies the human traits of the divine and the demonic natures. He counsels that to attain the supreme destination one must give up lust, anger, greed, and discern between right and wrong action by discernment through Buddhi and evidence from the scriptures. * SRADDHATRAYA-VIBHAGA YOGA (_Religion by the Threefold Kinds of Faith_ contains 28 verses): Krishna qualifies the three divisions of faith, thoughts, deeds, and even eating habits corresponding to the three modes (gunas). * MOKSHA–SANYASA YOGA (_Religion by Deliverance and Renunciation_ contains 78 verses): In this chapter, the conclusions of previous seventeen chapters are summed up. Krishna asks Arjuna to abandon all forms of dharma and simply surrender unto him and describes this as the ultimate perfection of life.


_ THIS SECTION CONTAINS INDIC TEXT . Without proper rendering support , you may see question marks or boxes , misplaced vowels or missing conjuncts instead of Indic text.

Bhagavad Gita_, a 19th-century manuscript


Main article: Dharma

The term _dharma_ has a number of meanings. Fundamentally, it means "what is right". Early in the text, responding to Arjuna's despondency, Krishna asks him to follow his _swadharma_, "the _dharma_ that belongs to a particular man (Arjuna) as a member of a particular _varna _, (i.e., the _kshatriya_)." Many traditional followers accept and believe that every man is unique in nature(svabhava) and hence svadharma for each and every individual is also unique and must be followed strictly with sole bhakthi and shraddha.

According to Vivekananda:

If one reads this one Shloka, one gets all the merits of reading the entire _Gita_; for in this one Shloka lies imbedded the whole Message of the _Gita_."

क्लैब्यं मा स्म गमः पार्थ नैतत्त्वय्युपपद्यते । क्षुद्रं हृदयदौर्बल्यं त्यक्त्वोत्तिष्ठ परंतप॥

_klaibhyaṁ mā sma gamaḥ pārtha naitattvayyupapadyate, kṣudraṁ hṛdayadaurbalyaṁ tyaktvottiṣṭha paraṁtapa._

Do not yield to unmanliness, O son of Prithā. It does not become you. Shake off this base faint-heartedness and arise, O scorcher of enemies! (2.3)

Dharma And Heroism

The _Bhagavad Gita_ is set in the narrative frame of the _Mahabharata_, which values _heroism_, "energy, dedication and self-sacrifice", as the _dharma_, "holy duty" of the Kshatriya (Warrior). Axel Michaels in his book _Hinduism: Past and Present_ writes that in the _Bhagavad Gita_, Arjuna is "exhorted by his charioteer, Kṛiṣhṇa, among others, to stop hesitating and fulfil his Kṣatriya (warrior) duty as a warrior and kill."

According to Malinar, the dispute between the two parties in the _Mahabharata_ centres on the question how to define "the law of heroism". Malinar gives a description of the _dharma_ of a Kshatriya (warrior) based on the _Udyogaparvan _, the fifth book of the _Mahabharata_:

This duty consists first of all in standing one's ground and fighting for status. The main duty of a warrior is never to submit to anybody. A warrior must resist any impulse to self-preservation that would make him avoid a fight. In brief, he ought to be a man (_puruso bhava_; cf. 5.157.6; 13;15). Some of the most vigorous formulations of what called the "heart" or the "essence" of heroism (_ksatrahrdaya_) come from the ladies of the family. They bare shown most unforgiving with regard to the humiliations they have gone through, the loss of their status and honour, not to speak of the shame of having a weak man in the house, whether husband, son or brother.

Michaels defines heroism as "power assimilated with interest in salvation". According to Michaels:

Even though the frame story of the _Mahabharata_ is rather simple, the epic has an outstanding significance for Hindu heroism. The heroism of the Pandavas, the ideals of honor and courage in battle, are constant sources of treatises in which it is not sacrifice, renunciation of the world, or erudition that is valued, but energy, dedication and self-sacrifice. The _Bhagavad Gita_, inserted in the sixth book (Bhishmaparvan), and probably completed in the second century CE, is such a text, that is, a philosophical and theistic treatise, with which the Pandava is exhorted by his charioteer, Krishna, among others, to stop hesitating and fulfill his Kṣatriya (warrior) duty as a warrior and kill.

According to Malinar, "Arjuna's crisis and some of the arguments put forward to call him to action are connected to the debates on war and peace in the _UdP_ ". According to Malinar, the _UdP_ emphasises that one must put up with fate and, the _BhG_ personalises the surrender one's personal interests to the power of destiny by "propagating the view that accepting and enacting the fatal course of events is an act of devotion to this god and his cause."

Modern Interpretations Of _dharma_

_Svadharma_ And _svabhava_

The eighteenth chapter of the _Gita_ examines the relationship between _svadharma_ and _svabhava _. This chapter uses the gunas of Shankya philosophy to present a series of typologies, and uses the same term to characterise the specific activities of the four _varnas_, which are distinguished by the "gunas proceeding from their nature."

Aurobindo modernises the concept of _dharma_ and _svabhava_ by internalising it, away from the social order and its duties towards one's personal capacities, which leads to a radical individualism, "finding the fulfilment of the purpose of existence in the individual alone." He deduced from the _Gita_ the doctrine that "the functions of a man ought to be determined by his natural turn, gift, and capacities", that the individual should "develop freely" and thereby would be best able to serve society.

Gandhi's view differed from Aurobindo's view. He recognised in the concept of _swadharma_ his idea of _swadeshi_, the idea that "man owes his service above all to those who are nearest to him by birth and situation." To him, _swadeshi_ was "_swadharma_ applied to one's immediate environment."

_The Field Of Dharma_

The first reference to _dharma_ in the _Bhagavad Gita_ occurs in its first verse, where Dhritarashtra refers to the Kurukshetra, the location of the battlefield, as the _Field of Dharma_, "The Field of Righteousness or Truth". According to Fowler, _dharma_ in this verse may refer to the _sanatana dharma _, "what Hindus understand as their religion, for it is a term that encompasses wide aspects of religious and traditional thought and is more readily used for ""religion". Therefore, 'Field of action' implies the field of righteousness, where truth will eventually triumph.

"The Field of Dharma" is also called the "Field of action" by Sri Aurobindo , a freedom fighter and philosopher. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan , a philosopher and the second president of India, saw "The Field of Dharma" as the world (Bhavsagar), which is a "battleground for moral struggle".

Allegory Of War

Illustration of the battle of Kurukshetra, Arjuna (far right), with Krishna as the charioteer, is battling the Kauravas as the gods look down.

Unlike any other religious scripture, the _Bhagavad Gita_ broadcasts its message in the centre of the battlefield. The choice of such an unholy ambience for the delivery of a philosophical discourse has been an enigma to many commentators. Several modern Indian writers have interpreted the battlefield setting as an allegory of "the war within".

Eknath Easwaran writes that the _Gita_'s subject is "the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage if he or she is to emerge from life victorious", and that "The language of battle is often found in the scriptures, for it conveys the strenuous, long, drawn-out campaign we must wage to free ourselves from the tyranny of the ego, the cause of all our suffering and sorrow."

Swami Nikhilananda , takes Arjuna as an allegory of Ātman, Krishna as an allegory of _ Brahman _, Arjuna's chariot as the body, and Dhritarashtra as the ignorance filled mind.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi , in his commentary on the _Gita_, interprets the battle as "an allegory in which the battlefield is the soul and Arjuna, man's higher impulses struggling against evil".

Swami Vivekananda also emphasised that the first discourse in the _Gita_ related to the war could be taken allegorically. Vivekananda further remarked,

This Kurukshetra War is only an allegory. When we sum up its esoteric significance, it means the war which is constantly going on within man between the tendencies of good and evil.

In Aurobindo 's view, Krishna was a historical figure, but his significance in the _Gita_ is as a "symbol of the divine dealings with humanity", while Arjuna typifies a "struggling human soul". However, Aurobindo rejected the interpretation that the _Gita_, and the _Mahabharata_ by extension, is "an allegory of the inner life, and has nothing to do with our outward human life and actions":

... That is a view which the general character and the actual language of the epic does not justify and, if pressed, would turn the straightforward philosophical language of the _Gita_ into a constant, laborious and somewhat puerile mystification ... the _Gita_ is written in plain terms and professes to solve the great ethical and spiritual difficulties which the life of man raises, and it will not do to go behind this plain language and thought and wrest them to the service of our fancy. But there is this much of truth in the view, that the setting of the doctrine though not symbolical, is certainly typical.

Swami Chinmayananda writes:

Here in the _Bhagavad Gita_, we find a practical handbook of instruction on how best we can re-organise our inner ways of thinking, feeling, and acting in our everyday life and draw from ourselves a larger gush of productivity to enrich the life around us, and to emblazon the subjective life within us.

Promotion Of War And Caste Duty

Other scholars such as Steven Rosen, Laurie L. Patton and Stephen Mitchell have seen in the Gita a religious defense of the warrior ( Kshatriya ) caste's duty (_svadharma_), which is to conduct combat and war with courage and do not see this as only an allegorical teaching, but also a real defense of just war .

Indian independence leaders like Lala Lajpat Rai and Bal Gangadhar Tilak saw the Gita as a text which defended war when necessary and used it to promote war against the British Empire. Lajpat Rai wrote an article on the "Message of the Bhagavad Gita". He saw the main message as the bravery and courage of Arjuna to fight as a warrior. Bal Gangadhar Tilak saw the Gita as defending killing when necessary for the betterment of society, such as, for example, the killing of Afzal Khan .

According to J. N. Farquhar :

"Even the Gita was used to teach murder. Lies, deceit, murder, everything, it was argued, may be rightly used. How far the leaders really believed this teaching no man can say; but the younger men got filled with it, and many were only too sincere."


Main article: Moksha

Liberation or _moksha _ in Vedanta philosophy is not something that can be acquired or reached. _Ātman _ (Soul), the goal of _moksha_, is something that is always present as the essence of the self, and can be revealed by deep intuitive knowledge. While the Upanishads largely uphold such a monistic viewpoint of liberation, the _Bhagavad Gita_ also accommodates the dualistic and theistic aspects of _moksha_. The _Gita_, while occasionally hinting at impersonal _Brahman_ as the goal, revolves around the relationship between the Self and a personal God or _Saguna Brahman _. A synthesis of knowledge, devotion, and desireless action is given as a prescription for Arjuna's despondence; the same combination is suggested as a way to moksha. Winthrop Sargeant further explains, "In the model presented by the _Bhagavad Gītā_, every aspect of life is in fact a way of salvation."


Yoga in the _Bhagavad Gita_ refers to the skill of union with the ultimate reality or the Absolute . In his commentary, Zaehner says that the root meaning of yoga is "yoking" or "preparation"; he proposes the basic meaning "spiritual exercise", which conveys the various nuances in the best way.

Sivananda's commentary regards the eighteen chapters of the _Bhagavad Gita_ as having a progressive order, by which Krishna leads " Arjuna up the ladder of Yoga from one rung to another." The influential commentator Madhusudana Sarasvati divided the _Gita_'s eighteen chapters into three sections of six chapters each. Swami Gambhirananda characterises Madhusudana Sarasvati's system as a successive approach in which Karma yoga leads to Bhakti yoga, which in turn leads to Gyaana yoga:

* Chapters 1–6 = Karma yoga, the means to the final goal * Chapters 7–12 = Bhakti yoga or devotion * Chapters 13–18 = Gyaana yoga or knowledge, the goal itself

Karma Yoga

Main article: Karma yoga

As noted by various commentators, the _Bhagavad Gita_ offers a practical approach to liberation in the form of Karma yoga. The path of Karma yoga upholds the necessity of action. However, this action is to be undertaken without any attachment to the work or desire for results. _Bhagavad Gita_ terms this "inaction in action and action in inaction (4.18)". The concept of such detached action is also called _Nishkam Karma _, a term not used in the _Gita_. Lord Krishna, in the following verses, elaborates on the role actions, performed without desire and attachment, play in attaining freedom from material bondage and transmigration:

To action alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction

Fixed in yoga, do thy work, O Winner of wealth (Arjuna), abandoning attachment, with an even mind in success and failure, for evenness of mind is called yoga. (2.47–8)

The yogīs, abandoning attachment, act with body, mind, intelligence, and even with the senses, only for the purpose of purification. (5.11)

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi writes, "The object of the _Gita_ appears to me to be that of showing the most excellent way to attain self-realization", and this can be achieved by selfless action, "By desireless action; by renouncing fruits of action; by dedicating all activities to God, i.e., by surrendering oneself to Him body and soul." Gandhi called the _Gita_ "The Gospel of Selfless Action". To achieve true liberation, it is important to control all mental desires and tendencies to enjoy sense pleasures. The following verses illustrate this:

When a man dwells in his mind on the object of sense, attachment to them is produced. From attachment springs desire and from desire comes anger.

From anger arises bewilderment, from bewilderment loss of memory; and from loss of memory, the destruction of intelligence and from the destruction of intelligence he perishes. (2.62–3)

Bhakti Yoga

Main article: Bhakti yoga

The introduction to chapter seven of the _Bhagavad Gita_ explains _bhakti _ as a mode of worship which consists of unceasing and loving remembrance of God. Faith (_ Śraddhā _) and total surrender to a chosen God (_ Ishta-deva _) are considered to be important aspects of _bhakti_. Theologian Catherine Cornille writes, "The text offers a survey of the different possible disciplines for attaining liberation through knowledge (_Gyaana_), action (_karma_), and loving devotion to God (_bhakti_), focusing on the latter as both the easiest and the highest path to salvation." M. R. Sampatkumaran, a _Bhagavad Gita_ scholar, explains in his overview of Ramanuja's commentary on the _Gita_, "The point is that mere knowledge of the scriptures cannot lead to final release. Devotion, meditation, and worship are essential." Ramakrishna believed that the essential message of the _Gita_ could be obtained by repeating the word _Gita_ several times, "'Gita, Gita, Gita', you begin, but then find yourself saying 'ta-Gi, ta-Gi, ta-Gi'. _Tagi_ means one who has renounced everything for God." In the following verses, Krishna elucidates the importance of bhakti:

And of all yogins, he who full of faith worships Me, with his inner self abiding in Me, him, I hold to be the most attuned (to me in Yoga). (6.47)

For one who worships Me, giving up all his activities unto Me and being devoted to Me without deviation, engaged in devotional service and always meditating upon Me, who has fixed his mind upon Me, O son of Pṛthā, for him I am the swift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death. (12.6–7)

Radhakrishnan writes that the verse 11.55 is "the essence of bhakti" and the "substance of the whole teaching of the _Gita_":

Those who make me the supreme goal of all their work and act without selfish attachment, who devote themselves to me completely and are free from ill will for any creature, enter into me.(11.55)

Jnana Yoga

Main article: Jnana yoga _ Adi Shankara with Disciples, by Raja Ravi Varma (1904), propounding knowledge of absolute as of primary importance_

Jnana yoga is the path of wisdom, knowledge, and direct experience of _Brahman_ as the ultimate reality. The path renounces both desires and actions, and is therefore depicted as being steep and very difficult in the _Bhagavad Gita_. This path is often associated with the non-dualistic Vedantic belief of the identity of the _Ātman_ with the _Brahman_. For the followers of this path, the realisation of the identity of _Ātman_ and _Brahman_ is held as the key to liberation.

When a sensible man ceases to see different identities, which are due to different material bodies, he attains to the Brahman conception. Thus he sees that beings are expanded everywhere. (13.31)

One who knowingly sees this difference between the body and the owner of the body and can understand the process of liberation from this bondage, also attains to the supreme goal. (13.35)


German indologists arbitrarily identified "layers" in the Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita with the objective of fuelling European anti-Semitism via the Indo-Aryan migration theory . This required equating Brahmins with Jews , resulting in anti-Brahminism.


Bhagvat-Geeta, Wesleyan Mission Press, Bangalore, 1849

The Bhagavad Gita was first translated into English in the year 1785, by Charles Wilkins , on the orders of the Court of Directors of the East India Company , with special interest shown by Warren Hastings , the then Governor General of India . This edition had an introduction to the Gita by Warren Hastings. Soon the work was translated into other European languages such as German, French and Russian.

In 1849, the Weleyan Mission Press, Bangalore published _The Bhagavat-Geeta, Or, Dialogues of Krishna and Arjoon in Eighteen Lectures_, with Sanskrit, Canarese and English in parallel columns, edited by Rev. John Garrett, and the efforts being supported by Sir. Mark Cubbon

_Bhagavad Gita_ integrates various schools of thought, notably Vedanta, Samkhya and Yoga, and other theistic ideas. It remains a popular text for commentators belonging to various philosophical schools. However, its composite nature also leads to varying interpretations of the text. In the words of Mysore Hiriyanna ,

is one of the hardest books to interpret, which accounts for the numerous commentaries on it–each differing from the rest in one essential point or the other.

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The oldest and most influential medieval commentary was that of Adi Shankara (788–820 CE), also known as Shankaracharya (Sanskrit: Śaṅkarācārya). Shankara's commentary was based on a recension of the _Gita_ containing 700 verses, and that recension has been widely adopted by others.


Ramanujacharya's commentary chiefly seeks to show that the discipline of devotion to God ( Bhakti yoga) is the way of salvation.


Madhva , a commentator of the Dvaita Vedanta school, whose dates are given either as (1199–1276 CE) or as (1238–1317 CE), also known as Madhvacharya (Sanskrit: Madhvācārya), wrote a commentary on the _Bhagavad Gita_, which exemplifies the thinking of the "dualist" school. Winthrop Sargeant quotes a dualistic assertion of the Madhva's school that there is "an eternal and complete distinction between the Supreme, the many souls, and matter and its divisions". His commentary on the _Gita_ is called _Gita Bhāshya_. It has been annotated on by many ancient pontiffs of Dvaita Vedanta school like Padmanabha Tirtha , Jayatirtha , and Raghavendra Tirtha .


In the Shaiva tradition, the renowned philosopher Abhinavagupta (10–11th century CE) has written a commentary on a slightly variant recension called _Gitartha-Samgraha_.


Other classical commentators include

* Bhāskara * Nimbarka (1162 CE) * Vidyadhiraja Tirtha, Vallabha (1479 CE) * Madhusudana Saraswati , * Raghavendra Tirtha, * Vanamali Mishra, * Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486 CE), * Dnyaneshwar (1275–1296 CE) translated and commented on the _Gita_ in Marathi , in his book _ Dnyaneshwari _.


At a time when Indian nationalists were seeking an indigenous basis for social and political action, _Bhagavad Gita_ provided them with a rationale for their activism and fight against injustice. Among nationalists, notable commentaries were written by Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi , who used the text to help inspire the Indian independence movement. Tilak wrote his commentary Shrimadh Bhagvad Gita Rahasya while in jail during the period 1910–1911 serving a six-year sentence imposed by the British colonial government in India for sedition. While noting that the _Gita_ teaches possible paths to liberation, his commentary places most emphasis on Karma yoga. No book was more central to Gandhi's life and thought than the _Bhagavad Gita_, which he referred to as his "spiritual dictionary". During his stay in Yeravda jail in 1929, Gandhi wrote a commentary on the _Bhagavad Gita_ in Gujarati . The Gujarati manuscript was translated into English by Mahadev Desai, who provided an additional introduction and commentary. It was published with a foreword by Gandhi in 1946. Mahatma Gandhi expressed his love for the _Gita_ in these words:

I find a solace in the _Bhagavadgītā_ that I miss even in the Sermon on the Mount . When disappointment stares me in the face and all alone I see not one ray of light, I go back to the _Bhagavadgītā_. I find a verse here and a verse there and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming tragedies – and my life has been full of external tragedies – and if they have left no visible, no indelible scar on me, I owe it all to the teaching of _Bhagavadgītā_.


Although Vivekananda did not write any commentaries on the _Bhagavad Gita_, his works contained numerous references to the _Gita_, such as his lectures on the four yogas – Bhakti, Gyaana, Karma, and Raja. Through the message of the _Gita_, Vivekananda sought to energise the people of India to claim their own dormant but strong identity. Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay thought that the answer to the problems that beset Hindu society was a revival of Hinduism in its purity, which lay in the reinterpretation of _Bhagavad Gita_ for a new India. Aurobindo saw _Bhagavad Gita_ as a "scripture of the future religion" and suggested that Hinduism had acquired a much wider relevance through the _Gita_. Sivananda called _Bhagavad Gita_ "the most precious jewel of Hindu literature" and suggested its introduction into the curriculum of Indian schools and colleges. In the lectures Chinmayananda gave, on tours undertaken to revive of moral and spiritual values of the Hindus, he borrowed the concept of _Gyaana yajna_, or the worship to invoke divine wisdom, from the _Gita_. He viewed the _Gita_ as a universal scripture to turn a person from a state of agitation and confusion to a state of complete vision, inner contentment, and dynamic action. Teachings of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a Gaudiya Vaishnava religious organisation which spread rapidly in North America in the 1970s and 1980s, are based on a translation of the _Gita_ called _ Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is _ by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada .


Among notable modern commentators of the _Bhagavad Gita_ are Bal Gangadhar Tilak , Vinoba Bhave , Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi , Sri Aurobindo , Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan , Chinmayananda, etc. Chinmayananda took a syncretistic approach to interpret the text of the Gita.

Paramahansa Yogananda 's two volume commentary on the _Bhagavad Gita_, called _God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita_, was released 1995.

Eknath Easwaran has also written a commentary on the _Bhagavad Gita_. It examines the applicability of the principles of _Gita_ to the problems of modern life.

Other notable commentators include Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupâda, Jeaneane Fowler, Ithamar Theodor,Swami Parthasarathy, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and Sadly Vasvani.


_ Ramanandacharya delivering a discourse. He has delivered many discourses on Gita_ and released the first Braille version of the scripture.

The first English translation of the _Bhagavad Gita_ was done by Charles Wilkins in 1785. In 1981, Larson listed more than 40 English translations of the _Gita_, stating that "A complete listing of _Gita_ translations and a related secondary bibliography would be nearly endless". :514 He stated that "Overall ... there is a massive translational tradition in English, pioneered by the British, solidly grounded philologically by the French and Germans, provided with its indigenous roots by a rich heritage of modern Indian comment and reflection, extended into various disciplinary areas by Americans, and having generated in our time a broadly based cross-cultural awareness of the importance of the _Bhagavad Gita_ both as an expression of a specifically Indian spirituality and as one of the great religious "classics" of all time." :518 Sanskrit scholar Barbara Stoler Miller produced a translation in 1986 intended to emphasise the poem's influence and current context within English Literature , especially the works of T.S. Eliot , Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson . The translation was praised by scholars as well as literary critics and became one of the most continually popular translations to date.

The _Gita_ has also been translated into other European languages. In 1808, passages from the _Gita_ were part of the first direct translation of Sanskrit into German, appearing in a book through which Friedrich Schlegel became known as the founder of Indian philology in Germany. Swami Rambhadracharya released the first Braille version of the scripture, with the original Sanskrit text and a Hindi commentary, on 30 November 2007. The former Turkish Scholar-Politician, Bulent Ecevit translated several Sanskrit scriptures including the _Gita_ into Turkish language. Mahavidwan R. Raghava Iyengar translated the _Gita_ in Tamil in sandam metre poetic form.


With the translation and study of the _Bhagavad Gita_ by Western scholars beginning in the early 18th century, the _Bhagavad Gita_ gained a growing appreciation and popularity. According to the Indian historian and writer Khushwant Singh , Rudyard Kipling 's famous poem " If— " is "the essence of the message of _The Gita_ in English."


Main article: Influence of Bhagavad Gita

The _Bhagavad Gita_ has been highly praised, not only by prominent Indians including Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan , but also by Aldous Huxley , Henry David Thoreau , J. Robert Oppenheimer , Ralph Waldo Emerson , Carl Jung , Herman Hesse , Bülent Ecevit and others. The _Gita_'s emphasis on selfless service was a prime source of inspiration for Gandhi, who said:

When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to _Bhagavad-Gita_ and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. My life has been full of external tragedies and if they have not left any visible or invisible effect on me, I owe it to the teaching of the _Bhagavad Gita_.

Jawaharlal Nehru , the first Prime Minister of independent India, commented on the _Gita_:

The _Bhagavad-Gita_ deals essentially with the spiritual foundation of human existence. It is a call of action to meet the obligations and duties of life; yet keeping in view the spiritual nature and grander purpose of the universe.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam , 11th President of India, despite being a Muslim, used to read Bhagavad Gita and recite mantras.

J. Robert Oppenheimer , American physicist and director of the Manhattan Project , learned Sanskrit in 1933 and read the _Bhagavad Gita_ in the original form, citing it later as one of the most influential books to shape his philosophy of life. Upon witnessing the world's first nuclear test in 1945, he later said he had thought of the quotation "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds", verse 32 from chapter 11 of the _Bhagavad Gita_.


Philip Glass retold the story of Gandhi's early development as an activist in South Africa through the text of the _Gita_ in the opera _Satyagraha _ (1979). The entire libretto of the opera consists of sayings from the _Gita_ sung in the original Sanskrit. In Douglas Cuomo\'s _Arjuna's dilemma_, the philosophical dilemma faced by Arjuna is dramatised in operatic form with a blend of Indian and Western music styles. The 1993 Sanskrit film, _ Bhagavad Gita _, directed by G. V. Iyer won the 1993 National Film Award for Best Film .

The 1995 novel and 2000 golf movie _ The Legend of Bagger Vance _ are roughly based on the _Bhagavad Gita_.


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* ^ The Bhagavad Gita also integrates theism and transcendentalism or spiritualmonism , and identifies a God of personal characteristics with the Brahman of the Vedic tradition. * ^ Śruti texts, such as the Upanishads , are believed to be revelations of divine origin, whereas Smritis are authored recollections of tradition and are therefore fallible. * ^ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: "Swadharma is that action which is in accordance with your nature. It is acting in accordance with your skills and talents, your own nature (svabhava), and that which you are responsible for (karma)." * ^ Malinar: "hat law must a warrior follow, on what authority, and how does the definition of _kṣatriyadharma_ affect the position of the king, who is supposed to protect and represent it?" * ^ Compare Chivalric code of western knights , and Zen at War for a Japanese fusion of Buddhism with warfare-ethics. * ^ "Character", "inherent nature", "natural state or constitution." * ^ Nikhilananda -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

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