The Song Celestial

During a dharma talk in Yoga class you may have heard your teacher refer to the Bhagavad Gita and wondered, “what is that?”.  Well, the Bhagavad Gita, which is sometimes referred to as the Gita, and sometimes the Song Celestial, is considered to be the most beloved of all Hindu scriptures.  It is written in the form of an epic poem and is said to have been written around 200 BC.  Superficially the Bhagavad Gita appears to be a conversation between the Divine Messenger, Lord Krishna, and a warrior-prince named Arjuna, but it is much more than this.  The Gita is packed full of symbolism.  If you try reading a chapter and think of Krishna as a Guru or maybe our inner voice, Arjuna as a Yogic practitioner or us, the chariot as the physical body or vehicle, and the five horses that are pulling the chariot as the five senses, maybe you will start to see how multi-layered the Gita really is.  In his introduction to The Bhagavad Gita, Allen Jacobs says that it is “…magnificent poetry, inspirational wisdom, serious advice on spiritual practice, and the way to Realisation of the Self”.  Now, doesn’t that sound like something worth reading?

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