- 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.
Origin of Bhagavad-Gita
- a sacred Hindu text composed about 200 bc and incorporated into the Mahabharata, a Sanskrit epic
Word Origin 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").
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.