Introduction to Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important Holy Scriptures in Hinduism. The book has 18 chapters consisting of 692 verses. It forms a part of the great epic Mahabharata (Chapters 23 to 49).
Bhagavad Gita is in the form of a dialogue between Arjuna and Lord Krishna on the battlefield Kurukshetra. In the battlefield, Arjuna is confused and does not want to fight against his relatives. Arjuna asks ‘How can I kill them?’ What will I gain by it? I will only get hell by killing my own relatives. Thus saying Arjuna flung aside his bow and arrows.
At this critical stage, Lord Krishna advises Arjuna to arouse his depressed spirit. Bhagavad Gita contains the immortal advice that Lord Krishna gave to Arjuna. The teaching of Bhagavad Gita unravels before the reader in the format of a dialogue. Arjuna raises several doubts and Lord Krishna answers to them all.
Arjuna : What is the cause of sin? If Nature constrains a man to do his duty, what power is it that compels him to commit sin?
Krishna: Desire and anger are the causes of sin. These are also imbedded in Nature. Desire for the pleasant and resentment when it is withheld. These are caused by the predominance of restless activity. These two passions obscure all knowledge as smoke hides fire and as dirt the mirror. It works like insatiable fire. The passion must be conquered.
The greatness of Bhagavad Gita is that it answers the questions and doubts of Arjunas of all ages.