Bhagavad Gita on Moksha, Maya, Truth
Adi Shankaracharya was one of the most prominent teachers of the Vedanta philosophy. One of his major contributions to Vedanta was his extensive commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita. The core principles of purity, detachment and renunciation were explained in the previous article. The next three principles from the […]
Bhagavad Gita on Purity, Detachment, Renunciation
Adi Shankaracharya was one of the most prominent teachers of the Vedanta philosophy. One of his major contributions to Vedanta was his extensive commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. The foundational or core principles of the Bhagavad Gita were prescribed by him in simple terms. Three foundational principles elucidated […]
Krishna Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth Divine Incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It falls on the 8th day of the dark half of the month (in the waning part of the lunar cycle between the full moon and the new moon) of Bhadrapada (August-September). It is a festival celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm by Krishna devotees all across the world. But why did Lord Krishna incarnate into the physical realm anyway? Read more…
In celebration of Gita Jayanti, it is perhaps appropriate to look at what the Bhagavad Gita teaches us about the “the promise of Lord Krishna to his faithful” . This is best explained in an often quoted verse (Chapter IV, Verse 7) of the Gita – ‘yada yada hi dharmasya,…’ – Read More…
Gita Jayanti is a celebration of the gift of the Bhagavad Gita by Lord Krishna to the people of the world. It is celebrated on the Ekadashi or 11th day of the bright half of the lunar month in December/January every year (16th December 2010). While the Bhagavad Gita is considered by some to be the Bible of Hinduism, “the teachings of the Gita are broad, sublime and universal. They do not belong to any particular cult, sect, creed, age, place or country. They are meant for all. They are within the reach of all. The Gita has a message for the solace, peace, freedom, salvation and perfection of all human beings.”
The Bhagavad Gita is perhaps the most well-known and revered text in the Hindu dharma. The reason for the popularity of the Gita is that it provides practical solutions to the problems of everyday life for people of all backgrounds. As discussed in previous articles, the Upanishads and the Brahma Sutras form two of the primary pillars of hindu thought. The Gita serves as a bridge between these two pillars as it clarifies, unifies and summarizes the seemingly conflicting and often abstract thoughts in the first two pillars.
The Gita is a collection of 700 verses spoken to the Pandava prince Arjuna by Lord Krishna himself, as Arjuna was overcome by despair and doubt about fighting against his own kin. The Gita describes the four ways of attaining liberation or moksha as:
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Truth achieved through meditation and self-realization is different from truth imparted from outside. Ultimately, what is revealed in the scriptures, what is thought out by the mind and what is realized by the spirit through service and meditation must agree. We start our spiritual life with faith, then comes knowledge, followed by experience. How can the Guru help us on this path?