The Philosophy of The Gita

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The Philosophy of the Gita

The Indian philosophical systems, known as darsanas, generally treat their subject under four major headings: the Causes of the universe; creation or evolution of the universe; nature of the individual soul; the goal of human life and means of achieving it. Though the Bhagavad Gita is not a systematic treatise on philosophy it is possible to deal with its subject matter under these headings. It may not be out of place to mention here that the colophon given at the end of each chapter of the Gita viz., Upanishad, Brahmavidya and Yogasastra, reflects its contents very well. It is an úpanishad’ or esoteric wisdom given by the teacher to a discipline on request. It is ‘brahmavidya’ since it deals with Brahman, the Absolute. It is Ýogashastra’ since it describes yoga or practical disciplines that help an aspirant to attain spiritual wisdom, the goal of life.