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                                                            THE BAGHAVAD GITA 

 

(Literally translated as The Lordís Song) First appearing about 200 Years BC, the Gita is one of the most important works of Hindu scripture. The Gita is strictly speaking, a chapter from a much longer work, The Mahabarata, possibly the biggest book in the World at sixteen times the size of the Bible. The Gita is therefore surprisingly short for the most important part of the book, for it provides the central explanation of the laws of principles behind Karma, and the cycle of birth, death ad re-incarnation so central to Hindu belief. 

 

In the Gita, India is divided by a terrible civil war. Lord Arjuna, the finest archer in India, laments the fact that whoever wins, members of his own family will lose and probably die, as his family has members serving on both sides. Arjuna is consoled by his charioteer, Kryshna, who explains that the inevitable deaths that will come from the looming battle will mean that everyone involved will move closer to Karmic fulfillment. Those who die will break free from their current lives, to reincarnate either as higher more enlightened beings, when they are seen by the gods as being blessed, or in the case of the evil doers, they will be given a fresh life and a new chance to redeem themselves. Kryshna gives Arjuna a privileged vision of the true nature of the Godhead at the end of the Karmic quest. It is a blistering blinding vision of light.Arjuna is now therefore able to plunge into battle assured that some good will come of the slaughter.† 

 

The book is beautifully poetic and simple to read, and available in many translations. Modern gurus have often hijacked it and cults and such organizations that set it apart from the more complex Hindu beliefs that surround it. It remains however, one of the greatest works of spiritual literature ever committed to print.

http://www.trivia-library.com/b/history-and-story-behind-the-bhagavad-gita-part-1.htm

 

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