Taking a look at The Bhagavad- Gita       
One of Many Scared Hindu Texts
Hinduism
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Notable
individuals from
modern times
as well as
bygone eras
that read the
Bhagavad-Gita..
..
When reading the
Bhagavad-Gita I
think about how God
created the universe
and then everything
else seemed so
superfluous.

Albert Einstein
The Bhagavad-Gita calls
on humanity to dedicate
mind, body and soul to
purity.

Mahatma Gandhi
The Bhagavad-Gita
has a profound
influence on the
spirit of mankind by
its devotion to God
which is manifested
in all actions.

Dr. Albert Schweizer
The Bhagavad-Gita
has a new message
for every age and
every civilization.

Sri Aurobindo
The wonder of
the
Bhagavad-Gita is
its beautiful
revelation of life's
wisdom which has
made philosophy
blossom into
religion.

Herman Hesse
The Bhagavad-Gita
is the most
comprehensive
statement of
perennial
philosophy.


Aldous Huxley

om ajnana-timirandasya jnananjnana salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri gurave namah

I offer my most humble obeisances to my spiritual master who has opened my
eyes which were blinded by ignorance with the light of knowledge.
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The knowledge found within the Bhagavad-Gita is incomparable as it gives
specific information regarding the purpose of human existence, the
immortality of the soul and our eternal relationship with God. This
information applies to each and every one of us without exception. Without
realization of our divine relationship with the God it is impossible to
establish our eternal relationship with Him. This divine relationship is our
natural constitutional position and every human beings birthright.

There are three paths which lead directly to establishing a relationship with
God. According to the authority of Bhagavad-Gita these paths have been
designated as the yoga of perfect actions, the yoga of perfect devotion and
the yoga of perfect knowledge.

The Bhagavad-Gita consists of 18 chapters. Each chapter is called a yoga.
Yoga is the science of the individual consciousness attaining communion
with the Ultimate Consciousness. So each chapter is a highly specialized
yoga revealing the path of attaining realization of the Ultimate Truth. The
first six chapters have been classified as the Karma Yoga section as they
mainly deal with the science of the individual consciousness attaining
communion with the Ultimate Consciousness through actions. These
chapters are:

Chapter 1 : Visada Yoga
Chapter 2 : Sankhya Yoga
Chapter 3 : Karma Yoga
Chapter 4 : Jnana Yoga
Chapter 5 : Karma Vairagya Yoga
Chapter 6 : Abhyasa Yoga

The middle six chapters have been designated as the Bhakti Yoga section as
they principally are pertaining with the science of the individual
consciousness attaning communion with the Ultimate Consciousness by the
path of devotion.

Chapter 7 : Paramahamsa Vijnana Yoga
Chapter 8 : Aksara-Parabrahman Yoga
Chapter 9 : Raja-Vidya-Guhya Yoga
Chapter 10 : Vibhuti-Vistara-Yoga
Chapter 11 : Visvarupa-Darsana Yoga
Chapter 12 : Bhakti Yoga

The final six chapters are regarded as the Jnana Yoga section as they are
primarily concerned with the science of the individual consciousness
attaining communion with the Ultimate Consciousness through the
intellect.

Chapter 13 : Ksetra-Ksetrajna Vibhaga Yoga
Chapter 14 : Gunatraya-Vibhaga Yoga
Chapter 15 : Purusottama Yoga
Chapter 16 : Daivasura-Sampad-Vibhaga Yoga
Chapter 17 : Sraddhatraya-Vibhaga Yoga
Chapter 18 : Moksa-Opadesa Yoga

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Bhagavad- Gita
Hinduism is a way of life, a dharma. Dharma does not mean religion. It is the
law that governs all action. For many Hindus the Bhagavad-Gita is considered
a source of divine guidance and inspiration. Devotional readers apply
Krishna's teachings to the personal and worldly contexts of their life. It is
often considered as the main source of religious teaching for Hindu
practitioners. The Bhagavad-Gita gives exact information regarding God, the
soul, material nature, birth and death, the purpose of human existence and is a
practical manual for spiritual revelation and attainment. Lord Krishna spoke
the Bhagavad-Gita on the battlefield of Kuruksetra in 3102 B.C.; just prior to
the commencement of the Mahabharata war. The Bhagavad-Gita literally
translates as the Song of God! It was originally revealed in the classical
language of Sanskrit spoken on the Indian sub-continent.

The doctrines of moksha by the diligent discharge of personal, social and
religious duty is the cornerstone of Hindu society. By following one's duty
(Swa-Dharma) one gains merit and, when the process is completed, union
with the Godhead and cessation of the cycle of birth and death. Dereliction of
duty will result in all sorts of misfortunes, including birth into a lower level
in the social hierarchy. This is a strong motivation to stick to the right path of
human nature. Commonly this swa-dharma or varna is misunderstood as
caste, the class identity in Hindu society. Varna is determined by a soul's
karma, while Jat or caste is determined by birth and not necessarily in a
person's nature. So it is important for a person to follow their true nature and
seek to do their duty in life.


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This symbol is actually a sacred syllable representing the
Brahman or the Absolute -the source of all existence.
Brahman, in itself, is incomprehensible so a symbol
becomes mandatory to help us realize the Unknowable.
The syllable Om occurs even in English words having a
similar meaning, for instance, 'omniscience', 'omnipotent',
'omnipresent'. Thus Om is also used to signify divinity
and authority. Its similarity with the Latin 'M' as also to
the Greek letter 'Omega' is discernible. Even the word
'Amen' used by Christians to conclude a prayer seems to
be akin to Om.
Second in importance only to the Om, the Swastika, a
symbol which look like the Nazi emblem, holds a great
religious significance for the Hindus. Swastika is not a
syllable or a letter, but a pictorial character in the shape
of a cross with branches bent at right angles and facing
in a clockwise direction. A must for all religious
celebrations and festivals, Swastika symbolizes the
eternal nature of the Brahman, for it points in all
directions, thus representing the omnipresence of the
Absolute.

The term 'Swastika' is believed to be a fusion of the two
Sanskrit words 'Su' (good) and 'Asati' (to exist), which
when combined means 'May Good Prevail'. Historians
say Swastika could have represented a real structure
and that in ancient times forts were built for defense
reasons in a shape closely resembling the Swastika. For
its protective power this shape began to be sanctified.
"When we think of
the Hindu religion,
unlike other
religions in the
world, the Hindu
religion does not
claim any one
prophet; it does not
worship any one
god; it does not
subscribe to any one
dogma; it does not
believe in any one
philosophic
concept; it does not
follow any one set
of religious rites or
performances; in
fact, it does not
appear to satisfy the
narrow traditional
features of any
religion of creed. It
may broadly be
described as a way
of life and nothing
more."



Chief Justice P. B.
Gajendragadkar
If there is any color that can symbolize all aspects of
Hinduism, it's saffron - the color of Agni or fire, which
symbolizes the Supreme Being. The saffron color, also
auspicious to the Sikhs, the Buddhists and the Jains,
seems to have obtained religious significance much
before these religions came into being.

Fire worship had its origin in the Vedic age. The
foremost hymn in the Rig Veda glorifies fire: "Agnimile
purohitam yagnasya devam rtvijam, hotaram ratna
dhatamam." When sages moved from one ashram to
another, it was customary to carry fire along. The
inconvenience to carry a burning substance over long
distances may have given rise to the symbol of a saffron
flag. Triangular and often forked saffron flags are seen
fluttering atop most Sikh and Hindu temples. While Sikhs
regard it as a militant color, Buddhist monks and Hindu
saints wear robes of this color as a mark of renunciation
of material life.
The holiest of flowers for Hindus, the beautiful lotus is
symbolic of the true soul of an individual. It represents
the being, which lives in turbid waters yet rises up and
blossoms to the point of enlightenment. Mythologically
speaking, lotus is also a symbol of creation, since
Brahma, the creator came forth from the lotus that
blooms from the navel of Vishnu. It is also famous as the
symbol of BJP - the Hindu Right-wing political party of
India, the familiar lotus position in meditation and yoga,
and as the national India and Bangladesh.
The water in the Purnakumbha and the coconut have
been objects of worship since the Vedic age. The
coconut (Sanskrit: Sriphala = God's fruit) alone is also
used to symbolize 'God'. While worshipping any deity, a
coconut is almost always offered along with flowers and
incense sticks. Other natural objects that symbolize
divinity are the betel leaf, the areca-nut or betel-nut,
banyan leaf and the leaf of 'bel' or vilva tree.