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A classical interpretation for the modern mind. For centuries the Bhagavad Gita has remained the single most influential philosophical text shaping Indian thought and life. It addresses itself foursquare to the universal limitations each human being is confronted with : ignorance, sorrow and death.
The teaching of the Bhagavad Gita opens with the audacious statement that all these are illegitimate problems caused by ignorance about the real nature of the self. Drawing upon the essence of all Upanishads, Gita explains how the self, the atman, is limitless, indestructible, unborn. This knowledge, Brahmavidya, frees one from all sense of limitation. This is the principal teaching of the Bhagavad Gita.

Bhagavad Gita – Gita Chapter 2

Bhagavad Gita – Gita Chapter 2

A SORROW THAT CANNOT BE ALLEVIATED In fact, only the sad become sad. No one suddenly becomes sad. Just as the angry become angry, the sad become sad. If you are already angry inside, all that you require is a reason to become angry. Similarly, the jealous become jealous and the lonely become lonely. Therefore, these feelings indicate that there...

Bhagavad Gita – Gita Chapter 1

Bhagavad Gita – Gita Chapter 1

THE FIGHT BETWEEN DHARMA AND ADHARMA Confusion is born out of ignorance. No one, however, can say, ‘I am ignorant of what is right and wrong.’ Whatever one expects from others in terms of behaviour, attitudes, and so on, is right if the same behaviour and attitudes are expected of oneself by others. This means that the values are understood...

Bhagavad Gita – Gita Introduction

Bhagavad Gita – Gita Introduction

MOKSA: FREEDOM FROM WHAT? Even though it comes last, moksa is a very important purusartha, as we shall see. Moksa is recognised as a pursuit only by a very few people in any given generation. Because a certain appreciation, a certain maturity or insight, about life and its struggles is required to understand moksa, people do not discerningly pursue it,...

Bhagavad Gita – Gita Dhyanam

Bhagavad Gita – Gita Dhyanam

THE GITA INVOKED AS MOTHERA mother is a symbol of love, affection, and spontaneous care, is someone who always prays for your welfare, who never lets you down when you are in trouble. This is also true of the Vedas because, with great compassion, the Veda takes into account the need for the human being to achieve various things in...