All the great Indian commentators of the past have taken the background events of the gita and the personalities involved in it as historical. The Kurksetra war is supposed to have been fought in about 1400 B.C.E according to the latest archaeological evidence as against the traditional date ascribing it to a time just before the beginning of Kali Era (Kali Yuga) in 3102 B.C.E
The Ethical Problem In The Gita
Arjuna is the leader of the Pandava host and his whole life has been a preparation to meet his cousins, the Kauravas in battle, defeat them and wrest from them the kingdom they had usurped from himself and his brothers. The Gita scene is cast in the battlefield of the Kuruksetra where the armies of both the sides have gathered, and Arjuna is called upon to fulfil his historic mission by leading his men against the army of the Kauravas.
Arjuna realizes at this critical moment that it is a fratricidal (family) war, and that its consequences will be the destruction of the very friends and relatives for the sake of whom men usually seek wealth and kingdom. He also realizes the social chaos that will come about as a consequent of this holocaust.
Lord Krishna reveals His true personality and delivers His immortal message of Dharmakshetra to human kind through His devotee Arjuna.
The whole of the Gita itself is a proof of the need for an objective criterion for regulating ones life.
The Gita teaches men the goal to be attained by him and the means of attaining it.
The goal is the Supreme Personal-Impersonal Brahman and the means
- The Paths of knowledge
- Psychic control and devotion
‘Srimad Bhagavad Gita’
The Scripture Of Mankind
Translation by Swami Tapasyananda
“The secret of action is the message of Gita.”