By A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Bhagavad-gita is a must-read for someone drawn to the which means of lifestyles. one of many world's best-known literatures, it is usually thought of the essence of all knowledge. it is a dialog among the army hero Arjuna and his friend/advisor/charioteer Krishna, spoken in advance of the apocalyptic conflict of Kurukshetra. topics they talk about comprise the eternality of the self, future, the resource of our being, and the way to accomplish lasting peace and happiness.

The translation and statement by means of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada—the 20th century's most popular Vedic student and instructor of Krishna consciousness—make Krishna's teachings within the Gita available to the western reader. Prabhupada's faithfulness to the unique Sanskrit textual content, with his straightforwardness, readability and wit, make "Bhagavad-gita because it Is" precise to its title.

Since its booklet in 1970, Bhagavad-gita because it Is has turn into the main broadly learn version of the Gita within the world.

Translation and remark via His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

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Overview of the Gita
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The Gita is a talk among Krishna and His pricey pal Arjuna. on the final second sooner than getting into a conflict among brothers and pals, the good warrior Arjuna starts to ask yourself: Why should still he struggle? what's the which means of his lifestyles? the place is he going after death?

In reaction, Krishna brings His good friend from perplexity to religious enlightenment, and every one in every of us is invited to stroll a similar path.

Bhagavad-gita is wisdom of 5 simple truths and the connection of every fact to the opposite: those 5 truths are Krishna, or God, the person soul, the cloth international, motion during this global, and time. The Gita lucidly explains the character of cognizance, the self, and the universe. it's the essence of India's religious knowledge, the solutions to questions posed through philosophers for hundreds of years.

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We have experience of a tree whose roots are upward: if one stands on the bank of a river or any reservoir of water, he can see that the trees reflected in the water are upside down. The branches go downward and the roots upward. Similarly, this material world is a reflection of the spiritual world. The material world is but a shadow of reality. In the shadow there is no reality or substantiality, but from the shadow we can understand that there are substance and reality. In the desert there is no water, but the mirage suggests that there is such a thing as water.

If we can prepare, therefore, in this life to get promotion to the kingdom of God, then surely, after quitting this material body, we will attain a spiritual body just like the Lord's. As explained before, there are different kinds of transcendentalists—the brahma-vädé, paramätma-vädé and the devotee—and, as mentioned, in the brahma-jyoti (spiritual sky) there are innumerable spiritual planets. The number of these planets is far, far greater than all of the planets of this material world. This material world has been approximated as only one quarter of the creation (ekäàçena sthito jagat [Bg.

I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. " Thus the Lord takes all responsibility for one who surrenders unto Him, and He indemnifies such a person against all reactions of sins. " (Gétä-mähätmya 3) gétä su-gétä kartavyä kim anyaiù çästra-vistaraiù yä svayaà padmanäbhasya mukha-padmäd viniùsåtä Because Bhagavad-gétä is spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one need not read any other Vedic literature. One need only attentively and regularly hear and read Bhagavad-gétä. In the present age, people are so absorbed in mundane activities that it is not possible for them to read all the Vedic literatures.

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