Jeffrey Armstrong, award winning poet and scholar and teacher of Vedic knowledge, encourages the listener to see a direct parallel between our 21st century world and the moment before the opposing armies clashed on the battlefield, 5561 BCE - 7581 years ago (dates according to Nilesh Nilkanth Oak). By seeing ourselves in the position of Arjuna when facing our own predicaments, we too can firstly engage with some core questions about our existence."
The Gita itself is a fascinating account of a unique conversation that took place over 5000 years ago on a battlefield between the Supreme Being Sri Krishna and his friend Arjuna. The conversation they had is no less relevant today than 5000 years ago as it reveals the answers to life’s most profound existential questions of all time.
The Mahabharata (which may be translated from Sanskrit to mean ‘The Great Epic of the Bharata Dynasty’) is one of the two major Sanskrit epic poems of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana. In a nutshell, the Mahabharata is about the Kurukshetra War (known also as the Mahabharata War), which was a conflict for the throne of Hastinapura between two groups of cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas. This epic poem is considered to be of immense significance and is often called one of the great literary works of humanity.
The Bhagavad Gita is the core text (700 verses) embedded within the great Vedic epic, the Mahabharata (100,000 Verses).