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By A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Bhagavad-gita is a must-read for an individual attracted to the which means of lifestyles. one of many world's best-known literatures, it's always thought of the essence of all knowledge. it is a dialog among the army hero Arjuna and his friend/advisor/charioteer Krishna, spoken prior to the apocalyptic conflict of Kurukshetra. matters they speak about contain the eternality of the self, future, the resource of our being, and the way to accomplish lasting peace and happiness.

The translation and statement via His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada—the 20th century's top-rated Vedic pupil and instructor of Krishna consciousness—make Krishna's teachings within the Gita obtainable 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" actual to its title.

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

Translation and remark by means of 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 buddy Arjuna. on the final second earlier than getting into a conflict among brothers and pals, the nice warrior Arjuna starts off 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 pal from perplexity to non secular enlightenment, and every one among us is invited to stroll an identical path.

Bhagavad-gita is wisdom of 5 uncomplicated 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 international, and time. The Gita lucidly explains the character of awareness, the self, and the universe. it's the essence of India's religious knowledge, the solutions to questions posed via philosophers for hundreds of years.

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Bg. 8) This is not a very difficult process. However, one must learn it from an experienced person. 12(39)] one must approach a person who is already in the practice. The mind is always flying to this and that, but one must practice concentrating the mind always on the form of the Supreme Lord, Çré Kåñëa, or on the sound of His name. The mind is naturally restless, going hither and thither, but it can rest in the sound vibration of Kåñëa. One must thus meditate on paramaà puruñam, the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the spiritual kingdom, the spiritual sky, and thus attain Him.

Still, his inquiry is significant. He did not want a compromise between the cousins and brothers, and he wanted to be sure of the fate of his sons on the battlefield. Because the battle was arranged to be fought at Kurukñetra, which is mentioned elsewhere in the Vedas as a place of worship—even for the denizens of heaven—Dhåtaräñöra became very fearful about the influence of the holy place on the outcome of the battle. He knew very well that this would influence Arjuna and the sons of Päëòu favorably, because by nature they were all virtuous.

TRANSLATION Then Bhéñma, the great valiant grandsire of the Kuru dynasty, the grandfather of the fighters, blew his conchshell very loudly, making a sound like the roar of a lion, giving Duryodhana joy. The grandsire of the Kuru dynasty could understand the inner meaning of the heart of his grandson Duryodhana, and out of his natural compassion for him he tried to cheer him by blowing his conchshell very loudly, befitting his position as a lion. Indirectly, by the symbolism of the conchshell, he informed his depressed grandson Duryodhana that he had no chance of victory in the battle, because the Supreme Lord Kåñëa was on the other side.

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