If you have heard people talking about the fact that reading or listening to the Gita has changed their lives, you may wonder, “What is Gita?” Gita is a Sanskrit word that means ‘song’ or ‘singing in praise of’. This word is most often associated with the book Bhagavad Gita, or the ‘Song of God’.
The Bhagavad Gita is a part of the Indian epic, Mahabharata. It was written in the 2nd Century BCE. It has eighteen chapters that include a total of 700 verses. The Gita is a narrative between the Pandava Prince Arjun and his mentor and charioteer, Krishna. The conversation takes place on the battlefield.
Krishna is an avatar of Lord Vishnu, ‘The Preserver’. The message of the Gita is as relevant today as it was centuries ago. It encourages people to follow the path of righteousness. In the contemporary world, listening to or reading the Bhagavad Gita could help you find meaning and balance in life.