Sanskrit for “Song of the Lord,” the poem Bhagavad-Gita consists of 700 verses divided into 18 chapters. The Bhagavad-Gita has many, many translations with commentary. The Gita, which is part of the story of Mahabharata, is a dialogue between the Krishna (who is the 8th incarnation of Vishnu) and Prince Arjuna (a human warrior). They are on a battlefield, preparing to fight. Arjuna is concerned about launching a war against his family and friends. Krishna explains to Arjuna that his duty, as a warrior, is to fight. Krishna describes the nature of the soul and how to reach God properly. The Gita draws on the Upanishads and the philosophies of Sankhya.
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