Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Bhagavad Gita

  • Fredrica R. HalliganEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_70
The Gita, as it is affectionately called, has been described as the bible of the Hindus. It is a verse Upanishad and has become widely known even in the West because it has been the daily reading of Mahatma Gandhi as well as millions of other Indians. The story of the Bhagavad Gita is the tale of the Mahabharata war, the great conflict of good and evil. In this epic tale of war between cousins, the Pandavas won out because they relied entirely on God. Arjuna, the Pandava prince and accomplished archer, turns to Krishna, his friend and charioteer who is God in disguise, for answers to the great questions of life.

Imagine! A man we can all identify with is in dire straits, at a crossroads, brought to his knees by the great pressures and complexities of life, shakily reaching out. And his best friend, an incarnation of God, takes his hand and walks him through the answer – explaining step-by-step the most profound secrets of all ages (Hawley 2001, p. xxiv).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mind Body Spirit InstituteStamfordUSA