A lot of us do not seem to know the difference between Shrimad Bhagvad
and the Bhagvad Geeta.
The Shrimad Bhagvad is a 'Purana' (ancient scripture) in which is narrated the lives of the different Incarnations of God, the most important being
the Lives of Sri Ram and Sri Krishna. It also deals with the Creation of the Universe. It exudes Knowledge and devotion. Its stories are pregnant with
moral, symbolic and practical value.
The Bhagvad Geeta is 'The Song of God'. It is pure philosophy and is a dialogue between Sri Krishna and His dear friend Arjuna, just before the
great war of Mahabharata was fought. The Bhagavad Geeta is part of the great Epic
'Mahabharata'. It is said that if the Mahabharata is a necklace, the Geeta is Its pendant.
If I were asked what I thought the message of the Geeta was in a sentence,
I would say: "Do your best, and leave the rest".
I have always believed that once one puts all efforts towards any cause to the best of ones capacity, one is a winner, no matter what the consequences.
Krishna, in the Bhagavad Geeta states the above, in a more complicated way, in the 47th verse of the 2nd Chapter.
A lot of people believe that Spiritualism is for those, who seek an escape from life. If that is so, why is Krishna urging Arjuna to fight for what is
rightfully his? Does not that mean that life was not meant for escaping to the hills but to face up to life's challenges?
However one must remember that Krishna tried his best to bring about a reconciliation between the warring cousins, Also Krishna's message was
directed to a soldier whose dharma (roughly translated as duty) was to defend his integrity, and the honor of his wife, on whom an attempt had
been made to disrobe in public.