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The Bhagavad Gita Also known as the Song of the Lord the Bhagavad Gita is one of the most famous and well-read Hindu texts It is believed to have been composed in India around the time of Jesus although the exact date of its composition is disputed The Bhagavad Gita froms part of the Mahabarata which is an epic poem that tells of a dipute over the right of succession to the throne between the five sons of Pandu and the sons of Dhrtarastra The Bhagavad Gita deals with one aspect of this dispute a conversation between Arjuna and his charioteer Krishna who turns out to be an incarnation of the Supreme Being just as battle is to commence between the two families Arjuna is concerned that it is his duty dharma to fight this battle so that a better way of life may emerge The key themesof the Bhagavad Gita are The different ways the soul atman may attain liberation from samsara moksha the nature of God traditionally Brahman and the idea of a God of love who seeks devotion Central to Hindu belief is the notion of karma and reincarnation This is the idea that our actions have effects which go beyond the physical world but which also affect our rebirth in the next life These themes are continued in the Bhagavad Gita Krishna tells Arjuna that the atman is indestructible and continues to go from body to body until it achieves its final release from samsara As a man casts off his worn-out clothes and takes on other new ones so does the soul cast off its worn out bodies and enter new ones Furthermore the human soul in all individuals is actually one universal reality Moksha is achieved once this is recognied Attachment to the body or to human desires needs and wants is the cause of rebirth The notion
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