Bhagavad Gita – Brief

Title: Shrimad Bhagavad Gita (as told by Yogeshwar Lord Krishna himself)

Date of creation: Margashirsha Shudhha Ekadashi (now known as Gita Jayanti)

Creation timespan: Dated 4000 years back (BC 1939)

Status: Known as India’s Ancient Brahmavidya knowledge Scripture or holy text in Sanskrit

Importance: Most accepted and respected holy text for all Hindus

Structure: 18 Stanzas, 700 holy verses

Style of Stanzas: 4 lines and 8 words in each stanza

First version appeared: Composed by Maharshi Vyas in Bhishma Parva, Mahabharata

Construction: Master and disciple (Guru and Shishya) dialogue, Upnishadiya type

Master and disciple (Guru and Shishya): Yogeshwar Lord Shrikrishna and great warrior Arjuna

The Secret of Gita (Gita Rahasya) or Crux of Gita:  Doing your work or deeds (Karma) without looking for any returns or fruits, i.e. Karmayoga.

Source of inspiration: Lokmanya Tilak

Message from Gita: Achieving both, materialistic progress and spiritual satisfaction

Translated first in Indian languages: Shri Dyaneshwari (Bhavarth Deepika)

Best translation of the present times: ‘Geetai’ by Acharya Vinoba Bhave

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