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[buhg-uh-vuh d-gee-tah] /ˈbʌg ə vədˈgi tɑ/
noun, Hinduism.
a portion of the Mahabharata, having the form of a dialogue between the hero Arjuna and his charioteer, the avatar Krishna, in which a doctrine combining Brahmanical and other elements is evolved.
Also called Gita.
Origin of Bhagavad-Gita
< Sanskrit: Song of the Blessed One Unabridged
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  • He found that of the bhagavad gita they knew little—and they cared less.

    Mad Shepherds L. P. Jacks
  • It is also said in the bhagavad gita that all desire dies "when once the Supreme is seen."

    Education as Service J. Krishnamurti
  • Indeed, the bhagavad gita is unique among the books of India in teaching that action is superior to renunciation.

  • In the bhagavad gita hardly any reference is made to this which is so dominant a note in the Christian faith.

  • Kriya Yoga is the real "fire rite" often extolled in the bhagavad gita.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • It is this dialogue between the hero and the god which constitutes the bhagavad gita.

  • It is probable that the bhagavad gita was the first to introduce this doctrine of faith.

  • But the bhagavad gita does not teach clearly even this Vedantic doctrine.

  • For that reason, the bhagavad gita is worthy of the name we gave it—the Hindu bible.

  • The bhagavad gita, however, points out that the methods of yoga are all-embracive.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for bhagavad gita


a sacred Hindu text composed about 200 bc and incorporated into the Mahabharata, a Sanskrit epic
Word Origin
from Sanskrit: song of the Blessed One, from bhaga blessing + gītā a song
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Word Origin and History for bhagavad gita



dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna inserted in Mahabharata, from Sanskrit, "Song of the Sublime One," from Bhaga, a god of wealth, from Sanskrit bhagah, literally "allotter, distributor, master, lord," from bhajati "assigns, allots, apportions, enjoys, loves" (related to Avestan baga, Old Persian baga "master, lord, god") + gita "song," fem. past participle of gayate "sings, calls," from PIE root *gei- "to sing" (cf. Avestan gatha "song," Lithuanian giedoti "to sing").

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Bhagavad Gita [(bug-uh-vuhd, bah-guh-vahd gee-tuh)]

A portion of the sacred books of Hinduism; the name means “the song of God.” It contains a discussion between the deity Krishna and the Indian hero Arjuna on human nature and human purpose.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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