All the essential spiritual truths contained in 700 verses.
The Bhagavad Gītā is part of the Mahabharata, India’s most important epic along with the Ramayana. It is a conversation between Krishna and the warrior Arjuna, who transitions from being Krishna’s friend to becoming Krishna’s disciple. As a result, Krishna teaches Arjuna and all of us who are prepared His mystery teachings through the Bhagavad Gītā.
“The Bhagavad Gītā is not a novel. It’s not just a book which you read whenever you have time. You have to soak your mind with it. Not only reading it one time.” — Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda
“You have to dive into it because each line of the Bhagavad Gītā, each phrase which Kṛṣṇa has uttered, has a deeper meaning in your life. It’s not outside of your life. He didn’t say something alien to you. Actually, what He has spoken 5,000 years ago about is still relevant to now. If you see what Arjuna went through, everybody goes through the same thing.” — Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda
In the Bhagavad Gītā, Krishna also speaks about yoga and how, with practise, renunciation, and mindfulness, we might achieve the highest realisation.
Yoga is more than just asanas, or physical positions; yoga is also the means by which we unite the individual soul with the highest reality and it is also the process by which we accomplish this union.
sparśān kṛtvā bahir-bāhyāṁś-cakṣuś-caivāntare bhāvoḥ | prāṇāpānau samau kṛtvā nāsābhyantara cāriṇau || 27 || yatendriya mano-buddhir-munir mokṣa parāyaṇaḥ | vigat-ecchābhaya krodho yaḥ sadā mukta eva saḥ || 28 ||
“Shutting out all external contacts, focusing the gaze between the eyebrows, suspending the inward and outward breaths within the nostrils, and having controlled the senses, mind, and intellect, the sage who desires liberation gives up desire, fear and anger, and attains it.” (Verses 27 and 28 of Chapter 5)
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