What is this book about?

3 years, 4 months ago

I recently ran into a group of traveling monks and they were offering up a meeting that anyone could go to yesterday. I was interested and so I obviously went. They went through all of these far out ceremonies and taught everyone there different ways of thought, meditation, and knowledge of the Supreme. They also gave away this free book called "Bhagavad Gita" and I have no clue what is it about and I’m almost certain it’s beyond my understanding. I was wondering if anyone has ever read it before and if they can give me a description of what it is.


September 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm

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Profile photo of Abhishek Murarka Abhishek Murarka (@infinity) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

“When I read the Bhagavad Gita and reflect about how God created this universe, everything else seems so superfluous-” Albert Einstien
HEy Jordy! Thats one book i would strongly suggest to anyone seeking a connection with the self.Yes i have read it before in its bare text (in Sanskrit) which is a little difficult to absorb without a proper understanding of the background.Am doing it again these days to comprehend it better.
The Bhagavad Gītā (Sanskrit: भगवद्गीता,The Song of God), also more simply known as Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the ancient Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, but is frequently treated as a freestanding text, and in particular, as an Upanishad in its own right that contains great wisdom.
The teacher of the Bhagavad Gita is Lord Krishna, who is revered by Hindus as a manifestation of God,the Divine One.
The context of the Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and the Pandava prince Arjuna taking place on the battlefield before the start of the Kurukshetra War. Responding to Arjuna’s confusion and moral dilemma about fighting his own cousins who command a tyranny imposed on a captured State, Lord Krishna explains to Arjuna his duties as a warrior and prince, and elaborates on different Yogic and Vedantic philosophies, with examples and analogies.
The various dialogues encompass wisdom on various facets of life-experience.
Many of the proverbial verses are as challenging as riddles but for anyone curious, i recommend this facebook page with proper explanation..its brief as well as comprehensive :


Proceed through the “secrets”(as the author calls them) in order.The administrator/author (Vishesh) has a proper explanation underneath each one to help people comprehend them better.But i suggest a gradual ascend.
So much to learn..I hope that helped

Profile photo of Martijn Schirp Martijn Schirp A (@martijn) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

I tried to read it but I don’t think it’s suitable as an introduction at all. I think it’s a commentary on the vedic thought system that predates hinduism and yoga. It’s really elaborate and complex and full of alegories that are quite difficult for the typical western mind.

Personally I think it’s best to start out practising meditation if you’re interested, in the end it’s all about the practice anyway.

Profile photo of Abhishek Murarka Abhishek Murarka (@infinity) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

Martijn, i agree its elaborate and complex if approached in its entirety but the notion of its being incomprehensible for the Western minds is one worth correction.
Given ur connect with these things, am sure the page i share above will help.

Profile photo of Abhishek Murarka Abhishek Murarka (@infinity) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

To a Western mentality, the book may appear somewhat esoteric, but there is something of the universal to be discovered in these pages. Great minds–H.D. Thoreau, R.W. Emerson,Mahatma Gandhi,Einstein, Dalai Lama and T.S. Eliot to name a few–have discovered in the narrative a fountain of inspiration. Every reader can benefit; and much of the advice has the power to initiate in the reader a reassessment of former ideas and ideals. The Bhagavad-Gita can nourish a portion of the searching soul.
The best English translation on Bhagavad Gita for western minds i would say is the dialogue by Srila Prabhupada(founder of ISCKON and Krishna Consciousness).Reviews:


Profile photo of William Casey William Casey (@bearcasey) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

Studied it a bit long ago. My young take on it was that there are certainly many aspects of existence that I do not and maybe never will fully understand. In my typical Western way, I don’t usually do well with things I don’t understand. Getting better with age, though.

Profile photo of djtherapy djtherapy (@djtherapy) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the earliest scriptures. Also referred to as the Gita, it is a 700–verse Hindu scripture, of an ancient Sanskrit epic. Sanskrit; which is the great spiritual language of the world (as describes by the Mythologist Joseph Campbell).

The version, which best translates the true meaning of the Sanskrit, is the “Bhagavad Gita, As it is,” translated by A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

After reading the introduction during a particularly difficult time, it has offered me great clarity and peace of mind. I’m about half way through at this point…

The Gita upholds the essence and the philosophical tradition of the Upanishads. The Upanishads being the philosophical texts which form the theoretical basis for the Hindu religion. Of which the concept of Karma is widely known, yet rarely understood.

Through the course of the Gita,The Lord Krishna, imparts to his friend Arjuna; wisdom, the path to devotion, the doctrine of selfless action, the basis of creation and how one can live life properly.

The Upanishads were collectively considered amongst the 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written by the British poet Martin Seymour-Smith. Their significance has been recognized by writers and scholars such as Schopenhauer, Emerson and Thoreau, and Einstien among others.

Profile photo of Zach Zach (@v1kingfan) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

The Bhagavad Gita is the Hindu bible I believe. I’ve skimmed through it, briefly, and it is a bit of a tough read, but it is well worth it. I think it is a great alternative to a christian bible, because it is loaded with a ton of insights that are very valuable ton anyone.

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