Bhagavat Gita

Bhagavat Gita - Notes on the Bhagavad Gita Where does the...

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Notes on the Bhagavad Gita Where does the Bhagavad Gita come from? It is part of the Mahabharata, one of the two great epics of the Hindu tradition, composed by a process of oral transmission over an eight hundred year period from about 400 BCE to 400 CE. Along with the Ramayana, the Mahabharata is one of the most important and best-loved texts in Asia, with wide impact on the religious traditions of Southeast Asia. How does the story of the Bhagavad Gita fit into the story of the Mahabharata? The Mahabharata tells the story of a struggle between two warrior clans, the Pandavas, led by Arjuna and Yudhishthira, and the sons of Dhritarashtra, led by Duryodhana. Krishna is Arjuna's charioteer and fights on the side of the Pandavas. THE PROBLEM -- What problem is the Bhagavad Gita intended to address? A dramatic moral crisis -- Arjuna's dilemma -- Does a person do his Duty (Dharma), even if it causes harm to people he loves?
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