The Bhagavad-Gita is the oldest scripture in the world. It is a part of the Mahabharata which is considered to be a portion of the fifth Veda. The Mahabharata was composed by Srila Vyasadeva who is considered to be one of the incarnations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Bhagavad-Gita is the only scripture in the world that is spoken by God personally. So sometimes it is said that if you want God to speak to you then read the Bhagavad-Gita.
Bhagavad-gita and the Absolute Truth
The Bhagavad-Gita contains instructions that can be applied in all circumstances and at all times. These instructions were applicable in the past when Bhagavad-Gita was spoken. They are still applicable today in modern society, and will always be applicable in the future. The Bhagavad-Gita contains what we call the Absolute Truth. The Absolute Truth is applicable in all situations.
Contents of the Bhagavad-gita
In the Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna – the Supreme Personality of Godhead, explains Himself. He explains that He is a person and that we as spirit souls are parts and parcels of Him. We can establish our lost relationship with Him – a relationship that is eternal. He also explains the truth about us. We are jivas (in Sanskrit) or spirit souls. It is explained how the size of the soul is ten thousand times smaller than the tip of a hair. It is very, very small. That is why it cannot be perceived by the most perfect microscope and other machines that scientists possess today. Also, it is very subtle – invisible. For example, we cannot see emotions but we know that they exist. The soul is even more subtle than emotions or intelligence, but we all know that they exist. Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-Gita about nature which is called Prakriti in Sanskrit. He explains the laws of nature that are guiding this world, how this world functions, and why it has a beginning and an end. He gives us hints and instructions on how we can live in this material world and be happy. He gives a peace formula for humanity. He explains how we can make our life successful.
To go deeper into the subject of the Bhagavad-Gita, Bhaktivedanta College offers a Bhakti Sastri course. It contains the study of the Bhagavad-Gita in three parts, and explores in depth the explanations of the eternal instructions of the Absolute Truth – given by the Absolute Truth – Lord Sri Krishna.