Bhagavad-gita, aka: Bhagavadgītā, Bhagavadgita, Bhagavat-gita; 3 Definition(s)
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Bhagavadgītā (भगवद्गीता).—General. The Bhagavad Gītā is a poem consisting of 650 verses divided into eighteen chapters. The Gītā covers chapters 25-45 in the Bhīṣma Parva of the Mahābhārata, and it is in the form of a talk or discussion between Arjuna and Lord Kṛṣṇa. The mighty armies of the Pāṇḍavas and the Kauravas were arrayed on opposite sides for mortal combat on the field of Kurukṣetra when Arjuna, overcome by grief at the prospect of fathers, brothers, preceptors and other Kinsmen fighting and killing one another expressed to his charioteer, Śrī Kṛṣṇa his aversion to fighting. But, the Lord pointed out to the unwilling Arjuna, by unique and various arguments, his imperative duty, under the circumstance, to fight and fight in heroic earnestness with the result that Arjuna shed his disinclination to fight and entered the fray, which ended in the ultimate victory of the Pāṇḍavas. And the dialogue between Arjuna and Kṛṣṇa, and especially the great teaching of Kṛṣṇa on the field form the theme of the Gītā. The Gītā contains three spheres or fields of teaching; the karma yoga (philosophy of action), jñāna yoga (philosophy of knowledge) and Bhaktiyoga (philosophy of devotion). The three yogas are treated each in six chapters. (See full article at Story of Bhagavat-gītā from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Bhagavadgītā (भगवद्गीता).—The Bhagavad Gita (lit. “song of the Lord”) is a 700 verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata (chapters 23–40 of the 6th book of Mahabharata). The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna. Facing the duty as a warrior to fight the Dharma Yudhha or righteous war between Pandavas and Kauravas, Arjuna is counselled by Lord Krishna to “fulfill his Kshatriya (warrior) duty as a warrior and establish Dharma”.Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
Languages of India and abroad
Bhagavadgītā (भगवद्गीता).—Name of a celebrated sacred work; (it is an episode of the great Bhārata and purports to be a dialogue between Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna).
Bhagavadgītā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bhagavat and gītā (गीता).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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Bhagavad-gita-mahatmya (by Shankaracharya)
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 2 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 12 - Bhāgavata and the Bhagavad-gita < [Chapter XIV - The Philosophy of the Bhagavad-gītā]
Part 1 - The Gītā Literature < [Chapter XIV - The Philosophy of the Bhagavad-gītā]
Isha Upanishad (by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
Verse 1.5.66-67 < [Chapter 5 - Priya: The Beloved]
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Verse 2.1.11 < [Chapter 1 - Vairāgya: Renunciation]
Isha Upanishad (by Swami Nirvikarananda)