THE SONG OF GOD
The Bhagavad Gita, a part of the colossal Hindu epic Mahabharata, is a dialog between Lord Krishna and the Pandava prince Arjun, unfolding in a timeless moment on the Kurukshetra battlefield at the start of the war between dharma and adharm. It reveals and exemplifies the foundation of some of the core beliefs in Hinduism. It is the essence of the deepest levels of spiritual knowledge and has had a very significant global influence, far beyond the reaches of the religious aspect of Hinduism. The name Bhagavad Gita means “the song of the Lord”.
The Bhagavad Gita, very simply put, is an instruction manual for life. It provides the basic answers that most people have about who we are, what is the purpose of our life and how to lead it in a way pleasing to God. It explains the universal spiritual truths that can be used by all and is equally relevant in Kaliyug as it was in Dwaparyug. In this way it is timeless because it reveals the true knowledge of the self and God Himself.
It is one of the most widely translated and transcribed books in the whole world. Its relevance and impact in global society is deeper than the boundaries established by various sects and religions of the world. Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj quotes profusely from the Bhagavad Gita in his lectures and often exhorts us to learn from the many agonizing situations that Arjun experiences as a warrior, brother, student, husband, father and a devotee.