Bhagavad-gītā

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What does Bhagavad-gītā say about karma?

Kṛṣṇa clearly states in the Gītā that all actions in this world produce a reaction. Actions are defined as karma (pious actions according to Vedic injunctions), vikarma (impious actions contrary to Vedic injunctions) and akarma (those activities that do not produce any material result). Engaging in karma and vikarma forces the living being to remain in this material world, reincarnating in various species of life. [...]

By |2023-10-01T20:01:55+05:30September 2, 2023||

Does Bhagavad-gītā promote the caste system?

No, the Gītā promotes varṇāśrama-dharma, a system which is a natural social hierarchy based upon one’s inherant inclinations. Later in Indian history, varṇāśrama-dharma was corrupted by ambitious persons and became degraded into what is known today as the ‘caste-system.’ This has created inequality, discrimination, exploitation, prejudice etc. You can learn more about varṇāśrama in Bhagavad-gītā Chapter 4 – Jñāna Yoga (The Yoga of Knowledge) – [...]

By |2023-09-03T09:10:39+05:30September 2, 2023||

What is the difference between the battle of Kurukṣetra and modern day wars based on religion?

The battle of Kurukṣetra was not about promoting one religion over another. Ultimately it was about establishing righteousness. The Pāṇḍavas were the legal heirs of the kingdom, and their cousins, the Kauravas, had usurped the throne. The Pāṇḍavas represented dharma (righteousness), whereas the Kauravas embodied adharma (impiety). You can read more about this in Bhagavad-gītā Chapter 1 – Sainya-Darśana (Observing the Armies on the Battlefield) [...]

By |2023-09-03T09:15:44+05:30September 2, 2023||

But Gītā is spoken on a battlefield and Kṛṣṇa encourages Arjuna to fight!

The Bhagavad-gītā states that one should perform one’s duty. In the case of Arjuna, his duty as a kṣatriya (warrior) was to fight. Arjuna felt compassion for his enemies, and desired to abandon his duty as a kṣatriya. Kṛṣṇa however, explained to him that due to the immorality of the opposing side, Arjuna’s pity for them was misplaced and that their fate was already sealed. [...]

By |2023-09-03T09:21:20+05:30September 2, 2023||

Does Bhagavad-gītā advocate violence?

The Gītā recognises that violence and war are inevitable features of this material world. While the living entity continuously nurtures his lower instincts such as lust, anger, greed, envy etc. there will be no peace either individually or collectively. The Bhagavad-gītā is about controlling these mundane traits and cultivating our higher propensities in order to free ourselves from the bondage of saṁsāra. More can be [...]

By |2023-09-03T09:24:22+05:30September 2, 2023||

What does Bhagavad-gītā say about death?

In the Gītā, Kṛṣṇa says that in this material world death is inevitable. Everyone who is born is sure to die according to their allotted karma, so ultimately there is no need to grieve. Read about life, death and re-birth in Bhagavad-gītā Chapter 2 – Sāṅkhya Yoga (The Yoga of Analysis) – Verses 13-15 and the Anuvṛtti

By |2023-09-03T09:26:30+05:30September 2, 2023||

What does Bhagavad-gītā say about life?

According to the Gītā, life in the material world is temporary. The four things that we experience here are birth, death, old age and disease. Any happiness we may experience here is impermanent and ultimately leads to more suffering. True happiness in life can only be achieved when one understands his natural position as ātmā and surrenders to Kṛṣṇa. Understand more about the cycle of [...]

By |2023-09-03T09:30:06+05:30September 2, 2023||

What does an ancient book like Bhagavad-gītā have to do with the modern world?

Throughout the history of the world, mankind has dealt with the same problems - birth, death, old age and disease. Human beings had always asked the same questions - “Why am I here? Why is there suffering? What is the goal of life? etc” Even though the Bhagavad-gītā was spoken over 5000 years ago, these questions still remain pertinent in today’s modern world.

By |2023-09-02T13:19:38+05:30September 2, 2023||
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