What is Shrimad Bhagavad Gita?
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important and sacred religious scriptures. It is the song sung by Lord Krishna. In Hinduism, Vedas are the main scriptures. At the end of the Vedas, there is a philosophical section called Vedānta. Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is the essence of Vedānta. It is philosophy presented in a poetic way. However, the word Hindu has not been mentioned in any verse in the Bhagavad Gita. Great thinkers like Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson understood the importance of Gita. It speaks of life on a universal level.
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is also contained within the great epic scripture, Mahābhārat, when Arjun is filled with distress on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, where a war has been declared between the Kauravas and Pāndavas. Arjun faces the dilemma of encountering his near and dear on the battlefield and becomes despondent.