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What Is The Bhagavad Gita?

The Bhagavad Gita (The Song of God) is a book that contains a Hindu scripture composed of 700 verses that is part of the epic Mahabharata story that was created in the second century BC.

The Bhagavad Gita book is set in the form of a narrative consisting of a dialogue between Pandava Prince Arjuna and his charioteer Krishna who is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Located at the start of a righteous war (the Dharma Yuddha) between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, it speaks to Arjuna’s moral dilemma and spiritual despair about the death and violence that the war will cause to people that are his own relatives. He is filled with doubt and wonders whether he should renounce the war. He seeks Krishna’s advice and the answers he gives and the discourse between them constitute the book of the Bhagavad Gita.