Bhagavad-Gita

Nomenclature

The Gita in the title of the text "Bhagavad Gita" means "song". Religious leaders and scholars interpret the word "Bhagavad" in a number of ways. Accordingly, the title has been interpreted as "the Song of God" by the theistic schools,[16] "the Song of the Lord",[17] "the Divine Song",[18][19] and "Celestial Song" by others.[20] In India, its Sanskrit name is often written as Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, श्रीमद् भगवद् गीता (the latter two words often contracted with a compound alphabet as भगवद्गीता), where the Shrimad prefix is used to denote a high degree of respect. This is not to be confused with the Shrimad Bhagavatam, which is a Purana dealing with the life of the Hindu God Krishna and various avatars of Vishnu.

The work is also known as the Isvara Gita, the Ananta Gita, the Hari Gita, the Vyasa Gita, or simply the Gita.[21]


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