bhagavad gita


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.

< Sanskrit: Song of the Blessed One Unabridged
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Bhagavad-Gita (ˈbʌɡəvədˈɡiːtə)
a sacred Hindu text composed about 200 bc and incorporated into the Mahabharata, a Sanskrit epic
[from Sanskrit: song of the Blessed One, from bhaga blessing + gītā a song]

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Word Origin & History

dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna inserted in Mahabharata, from Skt., "Song of the Sublime One," from Bhaga, a god of wealth, from Skt. bhagah, lit. "allotter, distributor, master, lord," from bhajati "assigns, allots, apportions, enjoys, loves" (related to Avestan baga, O.Pers. baga "master, lord,
god") + gita "song," fem. pp. of gayate "sings, calls," from PIE base *gei- "to sing" (cf. Avestan gatha "song," Lith. 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.

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